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2/29/12 4:04 P

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Check out protein poisoning... it's pretty common (caused by overfeeding mostly).

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2/29/12 1:33 P

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Thanks - I can NOT figure out what keeps killing my wormies........ emoticon

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2/29/12 12:29 A

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Fungus gnats look a lot like fruit flies (until you look at them very closely).... do a search for images and you'll see them up close and personal.

Good news is - they do not harm the worms at all. Bad news - they're major pests (think of that fruit bowl with the fruit flies and then multiply by - oh - 1,000 or so) and do harm the roots of seedlings (that was my issue) and houseplants.

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2/28/12 9:00 P

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Do fungus gnats look like little black specks?

If you get them, how could you save your worms? Maybe that's what killed mine???

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2/28/12 4:10 A

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emoticon on your first harvest!

Love my worms...lol, they have become part of the family. I need to start another bin sometime, sure they have reached maximum numbers, very few little wormies to be seen.

Also discovered another use for the worm wee, it is great on damaged patches in the lawn and to deter lawn pests, wonderful stuff!

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2/27/12 10:16 P

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I love the salad spinner idea for at least getting them started. I had the gnats too so they got moved outside under a huge shade tree and in the winter in my garage. Other bugs will inhabit the compost because there is just other stuff out there. They also help in breaking down the scraps.

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2/27/12 8:00 P

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I have had a very tumultuous experience with my worms... first I nearly killed them all off via protein poisoning (learned not to over-feed) then I had a fungus gnat infection that nearly killed all my seedling last year (learned to to keep the worms near the "seed center" and to freeze my worm scraps) and then, during the summer while they were happily producing in the shade under our deck, my husband inadvertently moved them into the direct sunlight and I lost almost all of them (I learned to mark my worm bin with VERY LARGE LETTERS).

AFter all of that, I don't have many left, but they are happily producing. I keep them in an old salad spinner, believe it or not, on my kitchen counter where I remember to check on them often. they're re-producing and doing well.

I feed them mostly vegetable scraps that have been frozen first (to deter the fungus gnats). I add new bedding (newspaper scraps) as needed and have had no problem since. I'll be needing to upgrade soon...

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2/27/12 6:07 P

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You should keep your worm bin someplace handy, for me that is close to the kitchen. Keep it out of direct sunlight. Just feed them plant material, about the only thing to avoid is citrus.

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2/27/12 1:58 P

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....but congratulations on having TOO much compost....... emoticon

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OK, I'm bummed! I have tried the worm composting twice and both colonies have died after an initial period of thriving.

Where do you all place your bins and what all do you put in them? Use any certain kinds of worms?

Anything you AVOID putting in these bins?

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Congratulations on a successful harvest! I agree with SHARJOPAUL...I have always been lucky enough to be able to compost in my backyard, although due to contamination from a smelter which was shut down years ago, I only use it on flowers, etc. I have been contemplating worm compost for my raised bed instead of having to purchase organic soil.

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Mine is in a covered bucket outside until I'm able to use all of it.

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I've never had the problem of not having a use for all my worm compost when I havessted it, but I would store it in a covered bucket in a cool place.

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2/26/12 11:07 A

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I've harvested my first batch of worm compost BUT I didn't need all that I harvested. How would you store said compost? Covered? Uncovered? Refrigerated? Room Temp? I'm all ears!


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