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I've come a long way from the first batch of worms I killed in May! The second batch, started June 7, is thriving. I even took a few handfuls out and started a second bin, made out of a 10 gallon styrofoam cooler. I met Emily of the Tenant's Union when I was shopping at Goodwill for more prospective wormbins, and she gave me a few worms from her own bin, which I added to the styrofoam-bin collection, and there's now enough in there to start producing "wormsign" -- wormcasting specks across the newspaper shreds. I have ordered one more pound of red wrigglers to really get that box cooking.
Now that rats are no longer digging in the garden every night (I haven't seen any rats at all for weeks) I got another two pounds of European Nightcrawlers from Trinity Worm Ranch. They came in the mail yesterday. I put half of them into the garden and the other half into their very own styrofoam-cooler-wormbin -- with a couple of handfuls added to the oldest wormbin. All seem to have settled in happily.
Today I pitched the idea of an office wormbin to Tim Harris (Administrator God of Real Change) and it was a surprisingly easy sell! Turns out Caroline (Tim's wife) has two wormbins, so he knows they are odorless and has no fear of them. Tim will bring some worms in from Caroline, once we find a bin for them. I'll start shredding paper tomorrow. :)
I also topped off the compost bin yesterday, and it's still cooking.
For further entertainment:
* My First Adventures in Vermicomposting -- everything I did wrong.
* The Further Adventures - applying the lessons. The batch that lived. :)
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Anitra it would be great if you could start a topic in our 'tips' forum about just how to set up and maintain a wormbin. I'm sure many of our members would be extrememly interested to hear all about your first hand experiences.
I love the whole concept of wormbins, what's better than to have a bunch of wrigglies producing gold for your garden.
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