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9/29/09 9:50 A

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I just purchased the worm composting bin from Gardens Alive www.gardensalive.com and I'll be setting it up in my kitchen this weekend. Thanks for the hint about olive oil once in a while to keep them alive and for the worm composting website reference. Does anyone know a way to avoid the fruit fly issue? Thanks all!


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8/31/09 11:46 P

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I have had great success with worm composting. I used a very simple system consisting of a large-ish storage bin w/the snap on lid. Holes drilled around the upper part of the bin (about 1-2 inches from the lip of the container), a drainage hole at the bottom edge for any liquids that were generated (you can find cork stoppers at hobby stores & some DIY stores as well.)

If anyone wants more info about my bin/system please let me know. I got fantastic castings (the end result) without fruit flies or other nasties & no odor. I kept it inside my 1 bedroom apt in a coat closet & no one knew, LOL.

BTW - it makes a fantastic science project for kids or curious grown-ups. emoticon There are some great websites & a good, short & to-the-point book called "Worms Eat My Garbage."

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8/31/09 4:28 P

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I tried worm composting about 10 years ago. I kept the bin in my basement (live in Chicago suburbs). I had a huge problem with fruit flies in the house from it so I let the worms die. I still have the bin and may try it again now that I have moved to Tennessee. I have a storage area that I think I could keep it in year round and the worms wouldn't die.

Kay from Tennessee



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That's good to know CRAFTYC. Thanks for the info.


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8/21/09 8:47 A

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When you are feeding them your kitchen compostables, don't give them onions!
We did a worm bin several years ago - kept it in our daughter's bedroom (her project...) No problem w/ smell, but they didn't compost very fast because there weren't enough worms. If you have a large bin, and your goal is compost, 1 lb of worms really is a good idea. Just a handful won't get you very far very fast.


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We will be keeping them in our backyard under the constant shade of a tree. And of course when it gets really hot we can move them indoors.

I guess that's the thing about the big bins ... due to size they'll stay cooler in the center.

You can keep your worm bins under your kitchen cupboard, your garage, I even heard one couple who had theirs in their bedroom.

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Yes, please do let us know how it goes when you get back home & set it up.

My biggest concern is the HEAT factor.
We used to live in (super hot) So. California - - and then moved to HOT & HUMID Arkansas.

Wonder if we would need to make any special adjustments for temperatures & humidity???

Painting the containers black will do some good for the darkness they want - - but will also make the containers much hotter (absorbing all that light & heat).

Like I said, please continue to keep us posted, and THANK YOU!!!

Margrit - - - - by the way, we've wanted to do it for our garden purposes AND especially for our FISHING purposes. LOL

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I think I'm having "analysis paralasis" with this - I've read the info loads of times and I think I need to just do it and see what happens.

We're not using a worm composting bin but I have a couple plastic tubs with a lid that nest together, so I can drill holes in one for the worm tea to drip out the bottom and be collected, and drill holes in the lid so they have air.

One thing I didn't know for certain but makes sense is they really like the dark, so as these bins are clear plastic we'll have to paint them black first.

Also, a pound of worms is too much - just starting off with a handfull should do. And one guy who specialises in compost (went to this most fascinating lecture about compost - never knew compost could be so fascinating!) said they need a bit of olive oil from time to time so they stay healthy.

I'll work on getting the worms set up when I get back to my garden in Southern California (I'm up north right now) - I'll let you know how it goes.

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Good Question.

We have many on our soil and sometimes we dig them up to go fishing.


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I've never done that but I've seen operations in Guatemala and it looked fairly easy. As long as you keep liquids drained away and feed your worms what they like it seems fairly low maintenance. Check out www.wormcompostingtips.com/ and let us know if you start up a worm farm! I might get inspired myself!


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Good Question . . . I'd sure be interested in knowing the answer to that one myself.



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Does anyone here do worm composting? I've been thinking about it but wonder how easy or difficult it is to do, to keep them alive and get good compost.

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