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Protein in a worm bin

posted by: barbararose21101 on 08.24.2014 at 10:57 am in Vermicomposting Forum

Do any of you put meat in your red wiggler bins ?

Is the consensus against protein based on the risk of attracting attention from other critters, odor of decomposition, and variables other than the health of the worms ?

Look at that: I got italics !

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clipped on: 08.25.2014 at 06:10 pm    last updated on: 08.25.2014 at 06:10 pm

Worm Tea vs Leachate (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: barbararose21101 on 12.16.2013 at 11:40 am in Vermicomposting Forum

I read up on the science of the Tea/Leachate question.
My take is that making the tea is not worth the extra effort.
Controlled tests at the UW on roses did not demonstrate conclusive results. So: adding stuff & aerating and figuring
how to use it is a lot of work for a questionable result.
However, there are anecdotal stories of good results.
Maybe it's like nutrients for humans: too many variables.

The other issue is how safe is leachate ? Some posters here don't even acknowlege the question.

Nor do some of the posters here seem to acknowlege that the worms shouldn't live in their own waste for too long. Based on my reviewing, 6 months seems to be a limit. That is, at some point, the worms need a Fresh start even if we aren't ready to use the castings, or even if there is still bedding in it.

I'm back to the forum to report good results if I can find a topic where it will fit. How we name our posts matters: the post "Sweet Spot" could be aptly titled "horse manure". There's a humorous version of that from, is it, Mash ? Col Potter "Horse Pucky ?"

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clipped on: 12.16.2013 at 11:44 am    last updated on: 12.16.2013 at 11:45 am

experiment

posted by: barbararose21101 on 09.06.2013 at 05:19 pm in Vermicomposting Forum

I put about 16 ounces of worm food in a terra cotta planting pot
and then in the bed
because It was wetter than the Advisors seem to advise and I wanted to see what would happen. In a few hours or less, a crowd of younger worms were aggregated under it. "Adolescent" size.
I lifted it, some of the gruel drooled into the bed. There were worms in the drool. They were moving into this quite wet
stuff.. That's in the Worm Inn. In the plastic tubs, I find more worms where it's wet than elsewhere (except in the horse manure). I use a terra cotta worm stuck in the bed to assess the moisture. And when I can find it I check it with the moisture meter for my information.

One commercial vermicomposter (as I recall with uncertainty) recommended 75% moisture.

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clipped on: 11.15.2013 at 09:04 am    last updated on: 11.15.2013 at 09:05 am