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7/11/15 7:56 A

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I would transplant some worms as well. If you are getting that many, that big, you must be doing something very right. Congratulations!!!

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What's a springtail? When I pulled up a tomato plant I had in a garden urn on my patio this morning, I found several earthworms so large I thought for a second they were little snakes. Not sure where they came from but I'm going to stick some coleus and begonias in that same pot.

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Sorry, I never heard of them. I can't help.

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Anyone else getting springtails in their bin? There are thousands of them in mine!

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Oh, gosh, I would hate to kill my worms now that I've had them for a few months! But I definitely learned my lesson about overfeeding them. I had no idea that overfeeding does not lead to overweight worms, but over ~wet~ worms! :)



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11/4/12 9:47 A

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You made me smile this morning.
My husband fed my worms when I was away for two weeks and overfed them. I had to buy new worms. A good memory, now! Thanks

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I think the shredded newspaper has helped. I put a couple of handfuls dry on top of the rest of their bedding and it's damp now and no water in the catch basin. I haven't fed them since they had too much food a couple of weeks ago and there's still some onion in their bed.

I guess you do need to feed them, but obviously not so much!



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10/28/12 12:00 P

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Good thing I visited this today - forgot to feed the worms yesterday! Off I go....

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You are right. I forgot I didn't use coloured paper in the garden, either.

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10/20/12 12:22 P

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Yeah, the colored paper has weird chemicals in it that is bad for the worms. It is not as degradable as regular black/white newspaper. When I put my first garden bed in many years ago, I put down newspaper as the bottom layer to kill the weeds down and I did not use the colored paper for that, either, for the same reason. I think the inks used in newspaper making are more environmentally friendly these days, but that doesn't mean they're actually ~good~ for the it-or even neutral!

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I was told not to used the coloured part of the newspaper. I'm not sure why, but am passing on the information.

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10/19/12 2:26 P

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I think I need to increase the capacity of the worm farm. A couple of weeks ago, I fed them probably too much onion pieces and tomato guts and covered the whole with some dried grass clippings. When I just checked on them the other day, the tomatoes are mostly gone, but lots of onion still there, but quite a bit of water in the bottom catch basin and a couple of drowned worms. Looking over the booklet, if that happens, that's a sign of too much food. So I'll keep an eye on them for the next month and see how they do with the onion and maybe mix up some shredded newspaper into the bin to mop up some of the moisture. I'll get a Sunday newspaper this weekend as that will also get me some coupons!

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10/3/12 9:39 P

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Instead of shredded, wet newspapers, I took some dried grass clippings to cover my worms after they went through all of their cover and food. I'm smelling a lot more organic-ness when I open the lid but it's not bad and it seems to be getting digested much faster than the newspaper. The little guys also really like the tomato mush they're getting from skinning and coring my canning tomatoes, but they're not eating enough of it so I think that's part of the smell. Also, the tomato mush is very moist, so there's a lot of moisture in the tub but I don't want to take the lid off or the worms will move down into the dirt and not feed.

All in all, the tub is almost 1/2 full so they're coming along fine. Yeah!

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I got it, thanks for the link!

The worms did fine the 5 days I was gone. I knew they would be, but it was nice to see them poking their heads out and some slithering alone the soil line when I lifted the grass cutting cover I put over them last Saturday. They seem to really like tomatoes, they were surprisingly active on the mushed up ones I put down for them last weekend and they've hardly touched the basil flowers.

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I saw this free Kindle book on indoor worm composting. These are usually only one-day-deals so if you want this you need to download it today.

www.amazon.com/Average-Guide-Indoor-
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Thanks for the link on the worm bins :)

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whatcom.wsu.edu/ag/compost/easywormb
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I Googled easy worm farm and found the above web site.I only used 3 gallon tubs, though, and it's just the right size for my house-there are only 2 of us. I tried to get my own worms out of my garden but that didn't work-I couldn't get enough and my first try, I think I overfed them and they all died. So I went to Amazon and bought a supply of red wiggler worms and there were tons of them in the package and they're doing fine.

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Thanks! I'm going to check locally first and if I can't find some, will order online :)

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9/17/12 11:45 A

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I found the closest place to buy worms online. I did a goggle search. Good luck!

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9/16/12 8:42 P

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I interested in learning how to do this. I saw a video on worm bins a while back but haven't gotten around to buying the bins or the worms. Where do you purchase the worms BTW? Would a garden center have them?

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Well, I'm going to be gone for a week so I'm going to feed the worms some more tomato scraps and grass clippings and hopefully they'll be OK until next weekend!

Keeping my fingers crossed. I actually for a split second, thought about taking them with me, but that's just too ridiculous to think about having a little tub of worm farm riding around with me in my car! So, they're staying and they'll have enough food and water for a week and they'll be fine!

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Well, the worms definitely did not like the lemons as well as the limes. It's taken them this long to almost get the lemons digested. There is definitely mold on what's left of the lemons today, but the worms are active and slithering around on them, so they're eating them. And there's still plenty of moisture in the bedding, so I'm not going to water them today.

I just canned a few pounds of tomatoes today so I'm going to let the seeds and pulp dry out a bit for them. They'll need to sit out anyway while the worms finish the lemons so that will let some of the moisture evaporate out before I give it to them. We'll see how well the worms like tomatoes-I hope they like them a lot since I have a whole bunch of them starting to ripen so I'll have plenty of scraps for them once I start canning a lot!



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Good for you! Cute worms! emoticon

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I tried that to start with, just got some soil out of my garden. Then as soon as I put some grass clippings and coffee grounds on top of the soil, they started molding and smelled almost right away! So I bought some worm farm worms and started over. They came bagged in peat moss so I poured all that on the bottom of my tub and covered them with shredded wet newspaper. So when I put new food in, I lift the newspaper up and put the food scraps on top of the peat and fold the newspaper over it. The peat is pretty unrecognizable now, the worms have been at it long enough and I am pretty sure they're digesting the newspaper, too.

I picked up one of the lemon rinds yesterday and saw several baby worms hanging down into the soil. Strange to say, but since they're mine, I can say how "cute" they were!

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Havent posted for a while .... I think my worm farm is a bit different. I just threw my worms into a bunch of dirt and put them in the plastic tub. I feed them every 10 days to 2 weeks. Mostly coffee grounds but other food scraps too. When it gets hard for me to close the top of the plastic container then I just scoop some dirt and worms out.

I put the worms I dug out either into the compost pile or ask if anyone else needs worms and give them away.

i have never had trouble with my worms smelling, getting too hot or cold. I use the worm pee to put on the garden too.


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8/21/12 7:59 A

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I really like reading about your worms. Thanks for sharing.

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Gave the worms a couple of lemon rinds yesterday. It seems like if I keep them well fed, they also do pretty well for moisture. I have their box in the house under the back window, but well out of any sunlight and I seem to be feeding them much more often than I have to water them.

I'm really liking this worm farm now that I finally got it going!

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Boy, those little guys sure do like blackberries! I put a handful in 3 days ago and although there is some mold starting a little bit, the whole handful is just all mush! I opened the lid to check on the worms and they were swarmed all over the blackberry mush!

Guess I'll give them some of the over ripe blueberries next and see how they like those!

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How do you know when to divide the worms up? My worms farm is about half full of worm dirt and worms, and I just put a couple of handfuls of shredded, wet newspaper on top. They're starting to move around the newspaper and they're eating the leaves and coffee grounds I gave them a couple of weeks ago, but their tub doesn't seem to be really growing too much in the way of worm dirt. I am wondering if it just takes a long time? I don't want to give them too much food b/c it tends to mold and smell if they have more food than they can eat in a reasonable time.

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Got back from a 2 week vacation and the worms are just fine!

I gave them a drink of water and fed them before I left and the house sitter just ignored them. They were out of food, so next time I'll know to give them more food, but they are healthy, damp, and crawling all around. I think they were hungry, I shredded some swiss chard leaves and gave them a full 1/4 cup scoop of coffee grounds and they have been all over it this week!



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Today is my day to feed the worms - will do this evening after dinner.

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Using more newspaper has really helped, they're doing OK now. I had to bring them into the house so they're sitting under my dining room/sewing table now! It's getting too warm in the garage now, I was afraid they'd get too hot. And the additional newspaper seems to have helped the smell as well, when I take the lid off, it mostly just smells kind of organic but not off. Hopefully we're on a good foundation now for the worms to live long to help in the garden!

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I'm glad the worms are doing well. I find the comments interesting, even though I'm not currently doing worms, myself.

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If LOTS of worms are ending up in the lower tub you need to use a smaller drill bit. I dont seem to have much problem with this at all. Good luck with your wormies!

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I'm trying a worm farm again. I don't know why I do it, they never seem to thrive!

I took 2 rectangle shoe tubs and drilled holes in the bottom. Then 1 more undrilled for the bottom. The worms keep wiggling down through the bottom and ending up in the bottom tub. Then they drown in the worm tea and really stink it up!

I bought a newspaper last weekend and shredded up the non-colored print, soaked the shreds in water and then redistributed the worms. I fed them a shredded leaf of Swiss Chard and a half cup or so of coffee grounds. We'll see. So far they seem to be OK, I see them pull back down into the "dirt" whenever I take the lid off, so there's some activity going on! And the coffee grounds are becoming incorporated into the other worm dirt.

There is still a slightly off smell in the tub, not sure what that's all about. But at least now the worms have stopped trying to get down into the catch basin. Keeping my fingers crossed that it works this time!

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divided off a small group of worms to give away.

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I'm glad the worms are doing well. I haven't done anything much in weeks. I'm sure once people around see the benefits of worms, there will be lots of people happy to have some.

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My worms are going strong - may have to divide them again and find someone who needs composting worms.

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I do have a small container of worms - and then I feed them about 1/2 a coffee can of coffee grounds, table scraps.... that amount keeps them going strong!! I have had my worms a long time now so I must be doing something right.

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Every two to three weeks. I must have overfed my worms the same as I overfed by body.

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And today I feed my worms!

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I have a worm bed I keep in the garage - it is very small and has worked for almost 8 years now. I bought 2 small plastic rectangular shaped containers with lids (threw one lid away) drilled holes in the bottom of one container and placed in inside the other container. Then started my composting - some dirt, leaves, food scraps.... bought some composting worms and away I went.

I feed my worms every 2 - 3 weeks. They have thrived and multiplied many times over. I use the worm pee to fertilize any number of plants.... have divided up the worms a few times to add to my other small composting bin, given worms away.....

I keep the worms insulated against cold and hot weather by placing the worm container in a cardboard box - added a bit of newspapers around the box and 2 gunney sacks on top. They are oblivious to heat and cold it seems.

Keeping worms is pretty easy and I have gotten a lot of use from them.

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Coffee grounds are acidic. They will work for all acid loving plants. I use them for hydrangena.

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Save your coffee grounds (filters and all) and put them into your garden. I usually place them on a plate to dry them out a little then throw them into my raised beds. Some of the coffee shops will give you their coffee grounds, others may charge a nominal fee for a huge bag of coffee grounds. My mother got the best color in her azaleas after feeding them coffee grounds on top of the snow during the winter last year.

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I'd love to have worms, but I live in an area where temperatures are regularly above 90. Anyone know about worms in hot places. (My husband doesn't really want them inside.)


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I've tried worms twice. Both times, I went away and someone fed the worms. Too much. My sister has had great success with her worms and has had them almost 7 years now. She uses their dirt for starting all her plants, mixed with dirt free soil.She rarely has anything to compost from the kitchen and she always has good worm compost.

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just checked in on my worms this morning..some were dry so i added some water and gaved both groups some beans and a banana peel..i love my little guys..i experiment with their food..

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If you have Knowledge about worm composting please post here. Also questions welcome!

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