Worm Bin Composting

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  1. wormnwomn

    wormnwomn New Seed

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    Hi, I want to talk about worm bin composting. I have been composting with worms for almost 10 years and there is so much to share. Send me your questions, and I will do my honest best to answer them all or help find the answers for you.

    Wormnwomn
     
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    reggaefan Official Poet Laureate

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    Hi welcome to the stew and I am sure there will be lots of questions for you I think you will like it here
     
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    zuzu's petals Silly Old Bat Plants Contributor

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    Welcome to he Stew, wormnwomn,
    I am curious about wormy-composting, actually. :)

    Does one need a sunny location to be successful?
     
  5. wormnwomn

    wormnwomn New Seed

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    Say no,no to the sun.

    Have you ever seen a happy worm out in the sun? No, it is best to find a spot protected from the sun, and all the extremes that mother nature throws at us. Indoors is a great choice. I have a "worm shed".
     



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  6. zuzu's petals

    zuzu's petals Silly Old Bat Plants Contributor

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    A "worm shed", now that is an interesting idea. :idea:
    Is it a walk-in sized building, or something more on the lines of a lift-the-lid structure?
    Do you use plastic tubs or more of an "in ground" approach?

    I actually am glad that a shady spot would work,
    I have limited success with a traditional compost pile, due to lack of a good sunny spot for it.
     
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    Zuzu, only you would have a walk in worm shed. Is it for those walk in worms?
    I am thinking of converting Frank's gnome home to a worm bed. He is missed the best of the New Orleans weather until March, so might as well put his house to good use.
     
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    TeeHee, I can tell this is going to be fun...Yes it is a walk-in sized "worm shed". I have (4) 4' x 8' bins inside. But a "lift-the-lid structure" would work fine if you don't have a shed. Or a corner of your garage, or under your Kitchen sink. It just depends on what you have and what you want. However, if it were me and I gardened organically, I wouldn't consider anything smaller than a 4'x8'.
     
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    pondlady Young Pine

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    I can put that right here in a corner of my living room. Seriously wormy, I am an organic gardener in New Orleans and seriously wormy.
    Welcome to our Stew where we do have a grand time while learning lots of nifty things, like walk in worm sheds.
     
  10. zuzu's petals

    zuzu's petals Silly Old Bat Plants Contributor

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    So, Jan, do I have to actually say "nya-nya-nya" . . . or is it understood? :D

    I think I read that shredded newsprint is good to add, but I wonder if it's okay
    to use the junk mail that we shred, too?
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Hi there WW. :D I've just been reading your blog entires about your womery. Really sound advice you've posted. I have three organic compost bins that seem to be well supplied with worms although I certainly didn't put them there. Maybe I've actually managed to get something right without even trying. I must admit though that I have great soil (it used to be grazing farmland) and it's definately full of worms which are a essential to the garden.
     
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    wormnwomn New Seed

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    Redworms and Earthworms not the same thing.

    :-D Yes, if you have a good pile, the worms will find it. And if you have good soil, the worms will find that too. But understand, redworms are not soil dwellers. However, what the redworms can do for your soil, no other worm can do. Watch my blog as the mystery unfolds. :setc_083: And we haven't even mentioned AACT yet.
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    AACT? Can't wait to find out what that is!!! :smt026
     
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    Point taken ZZ. Yes the nya's were expected and understood. And you are gonna put your WI wormbed where?

    AACT??? Oh dear, there's more. And I love worms. Or at least I used to until I found I needed to keep them in my house.
    BTW, wormnwomn, I love Idaho...it is indeed a beautiful state even if it is full of worms. You may be our only Idahoan.
     
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    No, worms are not house pets...unless you want them to be.

    Now I didn't say you had to keep them in your house, although I'm not sure why you would mind. You couldn't have a closer compost bin for those little scraps that make the trip out to the compost bin a little tedious, especially when you're busy. There are so many different ways to compost with worms. You decide what you want and need then figure out a way to do it. Simple.

    And yes Idaho is a most beautiful state. I have heard of people coming through here going somewhere else and have literally turned around, gone back home, packed up and moved. God's country, no doubt about it.

    I'm going to save AACT for later. Can't spill the beans all in one day. Besides, you have to start worm bin composting first. Let's not get the cart before the horse. Might have a wreck!

    Wormnwomn
     
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    I admit that I still have a couple of details to work out . . . :-|
     

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