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New to worm farming

Started by Amos Lindahl. Last reply by Amos Lindahl Jan 5, 2016. 2 Replies

Good morning everyone! Hello my name is Amos and I am very interested in worm farming. For the last month or so I have been doing research on the internet. There is a whole bunch of info and…Continue

first time wormer

Started by Larry Pullen. Last reply by Larry Pullen Dec 6, 2015. 1 Reply

I am starting to save nightcrawlers from my yard but someone told me that they are called snake worms and not to be saved. Every one in these parts use them for fishing -- I don't know if they save…Continue

three tier Vermicompost system. judge me.

Started by Noah Fiorentino Sep 20, 2015. 0 Replies

I built a 3 tiered system because I'm tired of picking worms out of the castings.The worms don't seem to travel to the new food. Well they do, but there are plenty of worms left behind that seem…Continue

What compost to use when starting a worm farm

Started by Peter Rickis. Last reply by Converse Jan 27, 2015. 3 Replies

Can anybody advise what compost i should use when starting a worm farm?I have looked on the internet though everybody seems to advise something different. Please help!It needs to be something i can…Continue

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Comment by mike l richey on February 8, 2013 at 8:57am

I intend on having a worm community in my aquaponics grow beds, but would like to expand for more worm castings to use in hanging baskets, etc. Anyone with any experience in the area would be appreciated, basically how not kill them . Thanks, Mike

Comment by Carolyn Loveland on February 10, 2013 at 2:15pm

Mike,

We raise rabbits and eventually want to vermicompost all their droppings. I follow www.redwormcomposting.com . He is just plain crazy about worms (and admits it!!) and shares a wealth of information on how to raise them.

Comment by Adam Alexander on February 11, 2013 at 12:08pm

Carolyn, are you talking about Bentley?  That guy sure knows his stuff!

Comment by Adam Alexander on February 11, 2013 at 2:32pm

I personally set up a 10 gallon rubbermaid container worm bin.  It's filled with shredded cardboard and strips of non-glossy newspaper.  The biggest thing I've learned lately is the importance of pre-rotting the food scraps before putting them in the bin.  If you don't, then the food isn't immediately available to your worms.

Comment by Jason Fields on February 12, 2013 at 9:08pm

@Carolyn Loveland & @Adam Alexander   Maybe someone could invite him over, i would love to have him moderate the worm farming group.  That would be too cool.  Lets bring in the big dogs.   In the mean time I will share our successes and struggles in worm farming over the last 2 years.   I plan to put a video out in the next month or two about our 100 ton worm farm. 

Comment by Adam Alexander on February 12, 2013 at 10:37pm

Can't wait to see the video, Jason!

Comment by Sam Burton on February 13, 2013 at 7:59am

Our two biggest successes and teachable moments came by accident.  1. I had a worm tub with inadequate drainage.  It stank to high heaven.  My wife assumed all the worms were dead and dumped the tub into a raised bed we were building. That night she told me that maybe a few scrawny worms lived, but oh well.  The bed kind of became the our rabbit poo dumping ground.  All winter long we dumped our rabbit droppings in it.  The next spring when I went to shovel some rabbit compost into buckets, there were worms everywhere. They lived. They thrived. 2. We have a pair of miniature donkeys.  I compost the donkey manure separately from the rabbit droppings because it's 'hotter'.  I found that as the donkey poo composts, worms find their way in. They don't love the hot center, but if when managed right (or by accident in our case) the worms go crazy.  The biggest redworms I've ever seen have come out of my donkey waste compost pile.  I am the blind squirrel.  But I do recognize the nuts when I find them.  Now, after the year's donkey pile gets to a certain level, I simple add a pound or two of worms in a cool area and let nature take its course.

Comment by Carolyn Loveland on February 13, 2013 at 8:49am

@ Jason & Adam.. yes, it is Bentley. I throw him an invite. He's just amazing with worms. You all are way-y-y-y ahead of me with the worm raising!! My daughter started last fall . I have yet to get to setting up that part of the farm!

Comment by Adam Alexander on February 21, 2013 at 11:05am

Hmm....it seems that somehow my worm population is decreasing when it should be increasing.  Not exactly sure what the problem is.  The only problem I can think of is that for a bit, the newspaper strips may have been clogging the drain holes in the bottom of the bin causing liquid not to be able to drain out.  At any rate, worms are getting increasingly hard to find in the bin.  Meh....

Comment by Adam Alexander on March 15, 2013 at 9:47am

Update:  I fixed, at least temporarily, the problem I was having.  I have taken the small 3 pronged cultivator fork and scraped all the wet newspaper strips off the bottom of the tote bin where I believe they were clogging the drain holes.  The anaerobic smell is starting to lessen.  Maybe the bin can still be salvaged.

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