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Old 05-25-2018, 04:38 AM #751
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Lots of great worm talk. It never ceases to amaze me that this little garage processor, can be so cheap/easy to maintain and provide so much benefit. FREE!!!!!! So long as the chow is organic and I don't get it too wet or too dry - I close the lid and forget about it. I have both a store bought WORM BIN and a simple plastic tote with a crack in the lid. (No holes drilled). The cracked tote does better than the $100 tower. Just check in on the boys every 2, 3 days days and add what is needed to balance it out. I leave newspaper/cardboard boxes literally thrown in there to soak up the excess humidity/moisture. As they get too damp to the touch, I replace it.... unless it's the bottom layer and it's being consumed. Just keep the chow coming and the climate comfy... Its hard to mess up.
- Don't freak out on what crawls outta there - just close the lid
- If lotsa stuff FLIES out at ya - let them out / add paper-cardboard - close lid
- As the poo gets thick and matted down in the tote. I will reach in there with an old spatula and FLUFF it up to let air in. I wouldn't call it stirring. Just raise the pile and roll it over a bit. Everybody seems to like it. Probably not....HAHAHA
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Old 08-26-2018, 02:22 AM #752
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OBTW... worms LOVE corn cobs. Half eaten, are best. The butter/salt don't seem to bother them. So after dinner, take the left over cobs, use your garden shears to cut them down to 1 inch chunks. Now this isn't necessary as they'll do a complete cob as well. I just like to spread the wealth by having lots of smaller chunks. Bury them or not - doesn't matter. Give it two days and go dig a couple up to check.... you'll find each piece now has a worm ball orgy going on underneath of it. Cocoons everywhere, new borns will eventually take over the cob and be INSIDE of the core. They're a huge boost to the worm life in your bin. Shred up some of that nice brown AMAZON packing paper and add that to balance the moisture out.
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Old 09-28-2018, 05:18 AM #753
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Start slow with the food. Give them time to adjust to their new home. All neutral bedding (peat or shredded paper or coir) proper moisture and just a couple pieces of food. Dont feed more till that first food is almost gone.
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Start slow with the food. Give them time to adjust to their new home. All neutral bedding (peat or shredded paper or coir) proper moisture and just a couple pieces of food. Dont feed more till that first food is almost gone.
But the worms don't eat the food directly they eat the microbes that eat the food. So food being gone just means microbes have broken it down, it doesn't mean that the worms are now full and couldn't eat more microbes.

My understanding at least. educate me
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That's my understanding as well, Paulie. But what I have experienced is that overfeeding right at the start can make for a disastrous first experience.

All I'm saying is start slow. Lost of bedding (carbon/brown) material and just a bit of nitrogen. Then add slowly from there as the worms get used to their new home.

To much nitrogen will cause the pile to heat up and the worms will abandon ship.
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Hello all, curious what I should be doing here on my small hobby farm. Need a grand idea/setup. Thought about using the shit troff on the floor in the barn but then someone said it might not be that swell of an idea. They mentioned the fact it was concrete and no air flow. Thought it would be grand having a 60' worm bin though.
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Hello all, curious what I should be doing here on my small hobby farm. Need a grand idea/setup. Thought about using the shit troff on the floor in the barn but then someone said it might not be that swell of an idea. They mentioned the fact it was concrete and no air flow. Thought it would be grand having a 60' worm bin though.

Limited experience and totally different environment .. that being said..


I prefer to have my worms in a container.. That way it is easier to take out rich soil and put used soil/ food for worms in.. AND once in a while do a total renewal of soil (take out rich soil without adding deplated soil thus lowering total volume). this is where containers rock

When total volume is appropriate and still enough for worms to live in.. put all this to a ' temp home' with holes that allow worms to migrate..

put deplated soil in and 'temp home' on top >> worms will move shortly from temp home back to their home with new deplated soil.
While this can be done on concrete floor.. I do thing it would be a lot more work.


+ I do have to occasionally move my worm bin around .. much easier in container.
Container can be from 5 Gal to 120 Gal .. later requires machinery to move but if you have barn you might have machinery..
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