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Vermicomposting 2014

Post by dermy on Wed Aug 06, 2014 3:21 pm

Thought I'd share this with you guys:
This will be a blog post of what is happening in my worm bin these days. I will update it with pictures when I get the chance:
Here are the pictures I promised:
Yes it's inside a plastic bag, it worked before and I got a good harvest:

Here is the stuff from the bag, doesn't look too bad:

And here is what I did, added more dry bedding to mix:


Hope you enjoy it!
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Re: Vermicomposting 2014

Post by dermy on Wed Aug 06, 2014 3:22 pm

Here is the food waste:

I added some dry bedding on-top:

Some old composted stuff that didn't go through the sifter/from the old system:

Some old compost to speed things along:


If you notice I didn't exactly unfreeze the food waste. This is due to the fact that the system was dry and it's easier to add frozen waste then to add water and unfrozen waste. Saves a lot of time!
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Re: Vermicomposting 2014

Post by dermy on Wed Aug 06, 2014 3:24 pm

Time for a few photos of how the system has progressed:

Bigger view:

Look at the compost at the bottom [sorry about the lighting]

Now I can either continue feeding or harvest out the Vermicompost, I think i'll continue feeding them, to get the population up again, kinda declining, although I've seen a few baby worms [I know they are baby worms and not those darn pot worms because they have reddish pink hue to them]
I'll post an update soon, I need to feed them some more food wastes, I have watered them because things where looking a bit dry. Which is not good for worms.
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Re: Vermicomposting 2014

Post by dermy on Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:39 pm

I need to post another update of this system soon! I really should be harvesting it but I'm going to add more food, because we are pretty much at the end of summer and I want to keep the worm bin going through the winter, and possibly start a second one.
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Re: Vermicomposting 2014

Post by dermy on Sat Aug 16, 2014 2:20 pm

I still haven't taken any pictures of this system! Sorry Guys, I will get an update soon, I have fed them a few days ago so there should be a big worm feeding frenzy going on, I've also been learning about Vermicomposting and I've read that broccoli that hasn't been frozen/chopped up will not even rot for 14 days! By 14 days I could have fed the system 3-5 times!
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Re: Vermicomposting 2014

Post by dermy on Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:10 pm

Still no pictures grr I should bring my iPod with me when I go into the basement, I have checked on them and most of the food from the last feeding is gone, as Is the bedding, I may harvest this system soon!
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Re: Vermicomposting 2014

Post by dermy on Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:46 pm

I think tonight is the night I will take the system down and see what is going on inside, and maybe do a harvest and re-start the bin once more and get it rolling for the winter [I like to have my Systems up a few months in advance to get everything nice and ready.]
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Re: Vermicomposting 2014

Post by dermy on Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:42 pm

This is long overdue! The colony is doing great, I have found a ton of babies and a lot more cocoons! It has a lot of compost too! Half the bin is full of good compost! I have decided to keep feeding [will feed them tonight] and adding in new bedding and just take care of the system, keep it going till I can't add anymore food to it [when the compost level gets high not the food level, I only give them what they will eat in 4-5 days or i'll get mould, mites or something else. Mites don't harm the worms but steal and eat their food sad ]

Look Myrm a baby worm:

Lots of worms: [there was more in the bin but I wasn't spending all night cleaning It out for nothing, it was already 4am when I started Razz ]


I'll try to keep you updated!
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Re: Vermicomposting 2014

Post by Guest on Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:54 pm

Nice update, Dermy. I like the worm pictures Smile

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Post by dermy on Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:55 pm

Thanks, can't wait to see what happens in the next months leading to winter.
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Re: Vermicomposting 2014

Post by Guest on Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:08 pm

dermy wrote:Thanks, can't wait to see what happens in the next months leading to winter.

Me too Smile

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Post by dermy on Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:12 pm

Hopefully I can start a new Worm Bin when winter rolls around and doing something fun with the other bin!
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Re: Vermicomposting 2014

Post by Guest on Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:12 pm

dermy wrote:Hopefully I can start a new Worm Bin when winter rolls around and doing something fun with the other bin!
That is a great idea.

Do you still have your slugs?

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Post by dermy on Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:16 pm

Kind of, I'm thinking of releasing them though too much work! They eat a lot.
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Re: Vermicomposting 2014

Post by Guest on Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:18 pm

How many slugs do you have?

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Re: Vermicomposting 2014

Post by dermy on Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:19 pm

About 30+
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Re: Vermicomposting 2014

Post by Guest on Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:20 pm

Cool!  Shocked 

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Post by dermy on Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:21 pm

They are eating everything and it's still summer, when it's winter I run out of food for them quickly  No bounce 
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Re: Vermicomposting 2014

Post by Guest on Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:21 pm

dermy wrote:They are eating everything and it's still summer, when it's winter I run out of food for them quickly  No bounce 

>_<

Do you still have any pods?

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Post by dermy on Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:22 pm

No they don't seem to do well for me, I've seen them outside though.
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Post by dermy on Sat Aug 23, 2014 2:20 pm

I keep forgetting about the worms! I have watered them but that's about it. Tonight I will add some new bedding and food wastes.
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Post by dermy on Sun Aug 24, 2014 3:47 pm

New feeding! Plus some bedding, which should last them till mid September, the bedding not the food, I will need to feed them another 2-3 times before I can harvest it again, or maybe just keep feeding till I can't feed anymore Razz .
Here is the Compost Levels!

And after adding food and bedding, the food is a mix of watermelon and celery:
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Post by Guest on Sun Aug 24, 2014 3:49 pm

I love how you demonstrate that people can use simple everyday objects to make homes for worms and dermestids. You are a great example to others. Smile

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Post by dermy on Sun Aug 24, 2014 3:52 pm

myrm wrote:I love how you demonstrate that people can use simple everyday objects to make homes for worms and dermestids. You are a great example to others. Smile
Thanks, it was a rocky start [I honestly didn't think the plastic bag would work, but it can actually hold quite a bit, it weighs about 2 lbs with all the food waste and compost inside!] I can easily get out 500-1000ml of compost when I harvest it, the longer you wait and more food waste you add the more compost you'll get out in the end, I will likely get out an average of 700-1000ml this harvest.
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