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Composting & Vermicomposting (worms)

A site to help gardeners begin composting and to share experiences.

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Composting Bin Designs 31 Replies

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

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 May 25, 2013 at 6:36pm

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.

Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on May 25, 2013 at 9:45am

Looks great, Vicky!

Comment by Vicky Myers on May 25, 2013 at 3:15am

Comment by Vicky Myers on May 24, 2013 at 10:45pm

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.

Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on May 24, 2013 at 7:25pm

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.

Comment by Vicky Myers on May 24, 2013 at 6:36pm

I have a bunch of butternut squash still growing in the compost bin. Pics later.

Comment by Vicky Myers on May 24, 2013 at 6:35pm

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.

Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on May 24, 2013 at 1:46pm

that should be "stir" not "still" it up.... sorry.

 

Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on May 24, 2013 at 1:45pm

Rick .. if it's muddy, that's normal for me too as I feed them lots of water content scraps like lettuce, etc.  The best way I've found to use the stuff is to take two big handfulls and put it into a 5 gallon bucket and still it up and use it to water plants with right away.  That's a long way from a lot of the methods you'll see but it's easy, quick and hasn't hurt anything.  :)  Cheers!

Comment by Vicky Myers on May 20, 2013 at 7:13pm

If it is muddy maybe you are watering it too much.

 

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