Composting & Vermicomposting (worms)


Composting & Vermicomposting (worms)

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Composting Bin Designs 31 Replies

Started by Horace Miller. Last reply by LARK (Wi. zone 5) Feb 14, 2014.

How to use the products of Vermiculture? 10 Replies

Started by marilyn kowalski. Last reply by Matthew Wilson Feb 26, 2013.

Community Composting 1 Reply

Started by Lyn Swett Miller. Last reply by Paula Allen Zone 5 Oct 19, 2010.

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Comment by Vicky Myers on August 4, 2011 at 1:01am
I guess it would depend if you are composting hot or cold. I just  dump stuff into my containers and let the worms & what ever do the work then use it the next yr. I don't turn, wet down or anything just dump when ever I have scraps. I took all the lawn out so no grass in my compost. Just have a pineish tree in front so no leaves either. All the neighbor's tree leaves get into my driveway but the trees are diseased so I don't use them.
Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on August 3, 2011 at 8:18pm
Are worms that critical?  I thought it was the microbial action that did the work in compost?
Comment by Vicky Myers on August 3, 2011 at 4:08pm
If you have critters getting into it from the bottom would be the only reason but I would use some sort of screen so the worms can get in to do their work.
Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on August 3, 2011 at 2:40pm

Is there any advantage to putting a "bottom" in an on-ground compost pile?  I suddenly find I have the material to do it with if it's worth doing.  Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

Comment by Vicky Myers on July 28, 2011 at 10:35am
The liquid is their worm pee and my drain hole got pluged up with the peat moss. That is why I need to make a screen of some sort to let liquid out to use and keep bedding above my drain hole. Just never got around to it so the worms I have are working the compost outside. I have to be careful when sifting compost for all the worms.
Comment by Barbara z7bTX on July 28, 2011 at 9:48am

I have never added water to mine.  Even so, there is always some liquid in the bin.  It must be from the food scraps.  There's a GS member named Leilani who is an expert vermicomposter.  I don't know if she's in this group, though.  I'm in so many groups, I can't keep the members straight. . .    The ice chest sounds like the perfect worm bin, especially the kind that has a drainage hole.  I don't have room under my sink for anything extra.  Leilani suggests a tiered bin where the compost falls through and the worms stay in the upper bin so that you don't have to separate them from the finished product.  I haven't seen it but sounds like a good idea.

Comment by Vicky Myers on July 28, 2011 at 1:21am
Should you add water ? I would say be careful doing that worms drown. I made what I thought was a good worm bin out of an ice chest. Drilled holes in the side and everything, kept them under the kitchen table. But I didn't have the drainage set up very well so they would drown. At least I assume that;s what was wrong.
Comment by Barbara z7bTX on July 26, 2011 at 2:41pm
$30 is a bargain for the class and worm bin and worms. 
Comment by Barbara z7bTX on July 26, 2011 at 2:40pm
That's the exact same worm bin I had.  I was careless with my worms, ha ha.  Those babies are about $35/lb.  Worms don't like extreme heat or sunlight.  Collin County, TX has a program too.  I did the Master Composter training and certification when I lived there.  My worms used to multiply so fast that i gave them to friends for starting their own bins.  I'll have to borrow some back again. 
Comment by Michael Lee on July 26, 2011 at 9:26am
Pierce County, WA has an on-going vermiculture program. For $30 residents can attend a 2 hour class on worm composting and take home a worm bin and 1# of red wigglers. They use Rubbermaid 18 gallon totes with 1/2" holes in the sides and bottom. The neat thing about the totes is the lids can serve as a saucer as well. It was suggested that we purchase a second tote. As the first one fills, you set the second on top of your full bin and the worms migrate into the new one making the secession rather simple.

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