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9/14/11 11:26 A

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I have used newspaper for my worms and they are doing well. It may have een other things that caused you to lose your worms.

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9/14/11 2:49 A

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emoticon thats too bad, but so we learn...sorry for your loss. I'm glad I never fed my worms too much newspaper, just had a feeling it must be toxic for them, what I do use is clean carton or egg containers but I make sure I give it a good rinse before adding it to the bin.

By all means start your bin indoors(give it a good clean first), just make sure they are not exposed to any toxic fumes. My friend lost all her worms the other day, it took some investigation to find the reason, we discovered she used toxic bug spray for ants around the bin!

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9/13/11 1:58 P

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I started a worm bin and was having good luck. Then I heard that one should not put in shredded typing paper so I cleaned it out and provided a more "pure" layer with newpapers. Now all my wormies are dead.....

Can I start again indoors this winter and then move them outside in the spring?

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9/13/11 5:23 A

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Sure they will be fine, you can also cover the bin with an old blanket and some carton boxes for extra heat. Good luck!

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9/12/11 6:59 P

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I have neither actually. We are going to try to store them in our hoop house that we will slightly heat during the winter. Don't know how it'll do but it's worth a try!

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You can keep a worm bin in the basement or a semiheated garage.

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9/12/11 11:19 A

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Mike, I too vermicompost. Love my little guys! I'm so worried that they won't survive during the winter months here.
They're voracious!
In fact in another few weeks we have to go through our worm bin and start taking all the composted materials out(aka worm poop) and start getting it mixed into our raised beds. I'm so glad I started this!

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9/4/11 8:07 A

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I PUT MY CHICKEN POOPOO ON MY GARDEN ALL WINTER, THEN ROTOTILL IT IN THE SPRING. MY PLANTS ARE ALWAYS HUGE!

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Chicken poo is fantastic, but very 'hot' you gotta let it compost for a long while before using. My chickens give me quite a bit of poo, along with the donkeys. now I just need to figure out how to bag it & market it. I always joke that we have a 'poo farm'

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6/1/11 2:00 P

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Checked my wormies again this morning and they are decidedly UNhappy. None of them moved. I think maybe they are mad and giving me the cold shoulder......do worms HAVE shoulders??? emoticon

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I prefer chicken manure over steer - seems like my salad garden does much better. I usually dig it in early spring and let it sit for a few weeks.

Gardengirl - smiling at picturing you trying to keep your worms happy. I mean . . . how do you KNOW they are really happy and not just humoring you???

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5/31/11 1:21 P

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Wow! Lots of food for thought (pun intended). I had not thought of the chicken doo having come from hens fed GM foods. Ugh! Now I may only be able to use this on my flowers and not my food plants!

I started a worm bin but it is slow going at first. I'm hoping things pick up as the worms multiply. I'm trying to keep the little guys happy. emoticon

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5/31/11 1:27 A

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I have heard of raising worms for their manure if you only need a small amount for a few plants, it can be done in an apartment

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5/30/11 11:37 A

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One more thing to add to the topic:
Regardless of what kind of manure you use, this goes for horse, steer, duck, goat, chicken. Keep in mind where the manure comes from that you can buy by the bag. From factory-farmed animals that have in many cases NEVER had a natural food like pasture but have had mostly genetically modified corn and soybeans covered with lots of Roundup antibiotics and other poisons to eat. Guess where a lot of that ends up. :)
So get your manure from people known sources. If you live in a city you may have to travel and even rent a small trailer or haul some if you need larger quantities. Local riding stables may be able to help out, but even horses are fed a bunch of crap incl. meds these days.
If you need only small amounts keeping one or two rabbits that are grass/hay fed could help out. You can use pelleted bedding for them that is similar to wood pellets (soft wood) minus the additives.


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5/30/11 10:22 A

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Great feedback! Thanks all!!!

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Great stuff! lucky you to get it from a reliable source. Chicken manure is fantastic in poor, sandy soil like ours.

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5/28/11 6:25 P

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You can also mix it in yourt compost bin the high nitrogen will help make your compost heat up fast and you will get finished compost faster.

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it is great but never put it on your garden in the spring, it is to strong, put on in the fall when the garden is done that way it has all winter to work and when you plant you plants will take off. It is the highest in nitrogen of all manures

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If it's aged it's supposed to be great! P. Allen Smith has a rolling chicken coop so they can "poo" all over his garden! I just bought a bag of dehydrated poo.






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Never use fresh manure, always use aged and/or mix with soil. Some depends on what's in your soil already.
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My sister called last night to offer me some chicken doo. I have heard of adding other manures but have never used chicken. Do I need to mix this with other soil so it doesn't burn my plants or can I just top dress wtih this? emoticon

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