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Started by Horace Miller. Last reply by LARK (Wi. zone 5) Feb 14, 2014.
Started by marilyn kowalski. Last reply by Matthew Wilson Feb 26, 2013.
Started by Lyn Swett Miller. Last reply by Paula Allen Zone 5 Oct 19, 2010.
I so need to get some worms going now that I'm on the farm. I love my big green compost bin so much I got an other one at a yard sale last year think I had to pay $20 and they lost the little door at the bottom. Now I just need to find enough stuff to put in them. I don't have any lawn here as it all died cause the irrigation pump died a few years ago. I'm replacing lawn with creeping thyme herbs and anything else I can plant.That is as I can get the ground leveled, bad and dead trees gone and and and lots of work to do here to get this old farm back into shape. The ground is hard as a rock and not much nutrient or good stuff in there right now. I do have a huge pile of cow poo in the corral, hasn't been any cows here for over 10 years. I will use it where needed most.
I am in Wisconsin, zone 5, BRRRRRRRRRRR, and I do my vermicomposting (worm farming) in my basement. Here the temps are a consistent 64 degrees. I use PLASTIC TOTES for my worm farms, works great. I fed the worms my green kitchen waste (etc.) whole, not chopped up. The worms ate it, but slowly. I have decided to put the scraps into my food processor and then pour it on the worm farms. They love this MUSH. It looks like I am going to have A LOT of worm poop come Spring. Healthy soil, healthy plants. If you would like to see my worm farms you can visit my website, www.larksperennials.com :0)
I love my big green compost bin it was a good score from an elderly lady I used to work for. I came with her place when she moved down the hill. I hear that the people who used to live there were great gardeners. She was too old and sick to get out there so she let me work 2 hours for it. Wish I had 2 or 3 more of them.
Looks great, Vicky!
I've been using a screen that fits my wheelbarrow for years but I hate cutting worms up. I can't believe how many worms I have in that compost bin this year. Guess I can give that a try if I remember to take a pile out when I'm out working anyway. Right now I need to find a home for the squash groing in the compost, I just don't have the heart to ruin perfectly good plants. Pics still coming I just haven't put them into the puter yet.
Vicky .. easiest way I've found is the standard method of making several small piles of the compost and worm out in the sun and every 5 minutes or so, take compost off the top of the pile as the worms go down into the pile. Works very well.
I have a bunch of butternut squash still growing in the compost bin. Pics later.
Idea just popped into my head. That would probably be an easier way to sift out my worms this year since I have more worms than compost right now. Do what you said scoop up a clump, dump in water then pour thru a sifter instead of just rubbing the compost/worms on a screen. Save more worms that way from getting cut up and if I do it quick they shouldn't drown. Not today as it has been raining so everything is wet enough for now.
that should be "stir" not "still" it up.... sorry.
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