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Old 03-09-2010, 11:58 AM   #81 (permalink)
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Most fruit and vegetable scraps, egg shells, coffee grinds, tea bags, shredded paper, even some yard waste that has been composted a bit can go in there as well.

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The worms you get from a bait shop may not be the same used for composting.
Thanks for posting this. I have a worm bin coming Im going to give this a shot. Im excited about trying this out. Thanks
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If you go to your local shopping mall, there's a chance that the cardboard recycling dumpster is overflowing. Get what you can!
My worms turn wet cardboard into castings very quickly. It's fun to watch a 4' pile of wet cardboard be reduced to 1' in a month. I'm not sure why, but they go straight for it regardless of the other nice things in my pile (still no bin, pile works great.) I think other organisms go nuts on wet paper, and this is a food source for the worms.
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If you go to your local shopping mall, there's a chance that the cardboard recycling dumpster is overflowing. Get what you can!
My worms turn wet cardboard into castings very quickly. It's fun to watch a 4' pile of wet cardboard be reduced to 1' in a month. I'm not sure why, but they go straight for it regardless of the other nice things in my pile (still no bin, pile works great.) I think other organisms go nuts on wet paper, and this is a food source for the worms.
Thats good to know I work in the office at a recycling yard I can get all the cardboard I want.
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Time to revive this thread a lil bit.
Here's an interesting article about ordinary Earthworms, not the Eisenia genus, but still, very interesting reading.

BBC - Earth News - Earthworms eat live seeds and plants, scientists find
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Hi guys,

I've been on a newsletter mailing list for quite a while (vermicompost site...) and it's great. Recently a guy who owns and contributes to the vermicomposting family, created an excellent guide for everybody who's interested in this topic. To quote:

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Learn more about worm composting & stay up to date with all the new and exciting developments here at RedWormComposting.com!
I am happy to announce that ALL subscribers will now be provided with access to the brand new “Red Worm Composting Guide to Vermicomposting”. It is still very much a work-in-progress (I wrote “worm-in-process” on my first try), with two full sections (and images) still to be added, BUT it is still 77 pages – so you might learn a thing or two!

The first section of the guide is devoted to getting people up to speed on the “Basics” of vermicomposting. I next talk about the vermicomposting “system” and how to set it up. I have also included an extensive “Q&A” section to help people find answers to a lot of the common worm composting questions.
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It's an excellent piece of book. I strongly recommend everybody with the interest in this topic to sign up.

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ive been using worms for composting for a yr now.. my bedding i too use
shredded up cardboard..some newspaper.. i use 37 gal plastic rubbermaid
bins(on sale from homedepot).. the 1st one i drilled holes all over it.. took
more time than i wanted.. so now with the last 3 tubs i use a sharp knife
and cut holes all over the bins..bottom too..
i use the lid as a catch for the leache.. and a piece of cardboard as the lid..
my worms give me 2-- 5gal buckets of castings every several months..
i use them in plantings.. my bananas and EE seem to really enjoy it as
a soil amendment..
good to see others using worm castings...
have a great new yr everyone...
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Just thought I would bump this thread! How are everyones worm beds going? I just started mine a month ago and have about 8000 worms or so to start! I'm using newspaper, a small amount of peat, cardboard, composted manure, and scraps. My guys are very very happy. I am wondering if anyone can tell me how long until I have castings as I am new to this. My bin is 3ftx3ft and approx 14" high. I also now have Black Soldier Fly larvae in my worm bin and composting piles which those babies can compost some stuff :-) So what is everyone else up to worm wise!??!
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great to see another worm fan here
i have 4 - 37 gal rubbermaid tubs for housing my worms..
i use shredded cardboard and newspaper..mostly cardboard though..for the bedding..
if i was more attentive in feeding and turning the bedding i know the worms
would compost alot faster..
as is now i get really well composted castings in 2 months..
ive been harvesting more castings lately to put in my potting mix..
all my tropicals love the addition..
i also add castings to my potted up tomato plants..which are blooming now..and getting huge.. its still to early to put them out in garden..
we always seem to get one last nasty freeze..so i hold off till 1st week of june..
best of luck to ya dreamoftropics
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great to see another worm fan here
i have 4 - 37 gal rubbermaid tubs for housing my worms..
i use shredded cardboard and newspaper..mostly cardboard though..for the bedding..
if i was more attentive in feeding and turning the bedding i know the worms
would compost alot faster..
as is now i get really well composted castings in 2 months..
ive been harvesting more castings lately to put in my potting mix..
all my tropicals love the addition..
i also add castings to my potted up tomato plants..which are blooming now..and getting huge.. its still to early to put them out in garden..
we always seem to get one last nasty freeze..so i hold off till 1st week of june..
best of luck to ya dreamoftropics
I've had mine for about 3 weeks now and I'm just wondering how I will get the castings from such a large bed, will I have to wait until the whole bed turns to castings or??? I mean I've read how to harvest the worms etc, but I just can't figure out if I should just let it sit until I obviously have alot of castings or??? I mean I have 8000 worms there have to be castings in there LOL and should I not add anymore bedding until its mostly castings!?!? I'm sure I'll figure it out when it comes I'm just impatient hahaha
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I use worm castings, but they are not a panacea. Here's a synopsis from another thread:

Worm Castings have two categories of use in horticulture:
  1. Soil Conditioner. (a) to inoculate a soil mix destined for pots or planter beds. You really don't need more than a cup per cubic foot. (b) Applied 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick on the soil surface of a planter bed or orchard, under a 3 to 5 inch thick layer of mulch (1/2 to 1 inch diameter variety). If the surface of the ground freezes during your winter, then apply once per year in the spring - or at least every other year. If the ground does not freeze during your winter, then every 5 to 7 years is sufficient provided you maintain a thick layer of mulch.
  2. Fertilizer. Well, its better than no fertilizer at all, but it is not a very economical choice in terms of volume, labor, or cost. Mainly worm casting are an unbalanced source of micronutrients -- which cause the "greenup" you see after application. (a) When worm castings are moist (not soggy or dry) then the levels of major nutrients is about 1/4 to 1/2 % each. You'll need about 25 pounds of worm castings per plant per year to deliver a significant impact of major nutrients on the fruiting banana plant, and about 300 lbs / plant / year to reach the plants' capacity. (b) Worm tea contains less micronutrients and less total nutrients than the castings. If you are going to make it then it should be over night and it should never be in a warm container more than 30 minutes because the nitrogen will leave. After 18 hours the beneficial micro-organisms in the tea will be dead. Foliar application (spraying on leaves) is not recommended for many parts of the world because the solution provides an environment for mildew and other fungi to grow.
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As far as the worm tea, does the aeration and adding molasses make this more valuable and nutrient rich?
The two things I've noticed about worm tea:
1. It is easier to apply than worm castings.
2. The person making it obtains a sense of accomplishment.

Worm tea is used by industry in very controlled conditions involving aeration to grow certain beneficial strains of bacteria. Despite the claims of sellers of aeration pumps, most people are not going to accomplish this in their backyard.

Some plants respond well to wood sugars (e.g., molasses) as part of an overall nutrition plan. Wood sugars are also used to chelate nutrients in liquid fertilizers and supplements. Typically though we use ligno-sulfate instead of grocery store molasses because:
1. The grocery store variety is missing essential oils (higher sugar content).
2. The grocery store variety costs much more per pound.
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so true richard..
i started making my own aerated castings tea last yr
ive thought of trying in big 50 gal outside..but still kicking it around..lol
right now i just have 2 - 5gal buckets going.. im truely a newbie with it
so i dont have alot of yrs experience to show plants do better with it..
but as you mentioned.. with proper conditions you can get good bacteria
growths that plants benifit from...
ive used it on my roses and whether its from the tea.. or just a "washing" from the tea..i have little problems with aphids..
but the leaves sure do look great..
hope others will try and post their results..
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Old 08-10-2012, 06:30 AM   #92 (permalink)
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OK, so today I'll hopefully send Ante some worms and add some resources and material to this thread at some point this month. If the time allows me to.

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ive used it on my roses and whether its from the tea.. or just a "washing" from the tea..i have little problems with aphids..
but the leaves sure do look great..
hope others will try and post their results..
My friend from Nicaragua mentioned that they use vermicomposting tea to treat plant leaves against Sigatoka. It is supposed to decrease the probablity of sigatoka's occurence.
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if one had to choose between worm castings vs. composted chicken manure, which would be the better soil additive?

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[quote=Jack Daw;202184]OK, so today I'll hopefully send Ante some worms and add some resources and material to this thread at some point this month.[quote]

OK, worms are here, on the glorious joy of my kids, I dont what to talk public what some other family members think about that, and now I have to prepare bed for this colony tomorrow.
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Hey Jack, whats the scientific name for thid worms?
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