Something that seems to come up over and over and over (and over) again in e-mails I receive is this idea of removing “worm tea” from the bottom of a vermicomposting system. It just so happens that I was having my cartoon guy work on a “Hamlet Tries Vermicomposting” funny for me, so I thought WHAT BETTER TIME to put together a mini podcast on the topic.
Those who have followed the blog for any length of time will know that I enjoy goofing around…a LOT. Perhaps my sense of humor is a little “out there” or excessive for some people’s tastes, but I’m hopeful that (for those who stick around – lol) my relentless shenanigans at least serve as a reminder that we should always look on the light/bright side of life.
As such, I thought it might be fun to (more…)
I recently mentioned that I’ve been having a bit of a pesky fly situation in my indoor worm bins – which has led me to take a cautious approach with my new VB48. For the life of me I couldn’t figure out what type of fly I had – but I knew they were something I hadn’t encountered before. For one thing, I was finding them all over the place – including our kitty litter boxes! But, they also exhibited some weird behavior.
They reminded me of giant fruit flies (Drosophila sp., that is ) – yet they seemed to do more running around than flying. I also couldn’t seem to trap them in my cider traps. Finally, late last week I figured out what they are… (more…)
Ok – time for yet another “Crazy Q&A” podcast. Believe it or not, I actually have one more beyond this one already finished (I’ll post it sometime next week).
I’m really enjoying these so far since it seems to be and easy/fast way to respond to your questions – while also providing a bit more of a personalized approach.
Topics I Touched On
– More on hot-weather vermicomposting
– More on flying pests and general troubleshooting
– Kitty litter vermicomposting
– Precomposting prior to vermicomposting
– Warning signs of system decline / general system maintenance
– Vermicomposting pet hair
– “Ideal” temperature and moisture content
– Other bin materials (aside from plastic)
Hope you enjoy it!
I’ve decided to call my VermBin48 “The Beast” (yep, I’m that cool! Even cooler when you consider the fact that “The Beast” is decorated with a rainbow of pastel colors). As I may have mentioned in my last VB48 post, this is the largest indoor system I’ve worked with, and I think it might have the potential to get a little unruly or even out of control if I’m not careful!
Part of the reason I’ve been dragging my feet a little in terms of getting the system up and running is that I’ve been dealing with a new (and somewhat frustrating) fly pest in my indoor bins. The last thing I would want to have happen is for the new VB48 to become infested with these things before I even get the chance to stock it with worms!
The show must go on, though – so yesterday I (more…)
When I checked on my plastic “follow-along” bin yesterday, I decided it was a good time to also check on my WF-360 Euro system.
As mentioned in the plastic bin update, I’ve ended up with a bit of a fly situation down in my basement this fall so I’ve been very cautious with feeding (and really haven’t done much at all for the last couple of months). I wasn’t too surprised, then, to see that the level of material in the bin had dropped a fair bit, and that the bedding down below looked fairly well-processed.
What DID however surprise me was (more…)
Just for fun I decided to check on my plastic worm bin (set up for the “follow-along”) today. I haven’t been feeding it – or any other of my indoor bins – for quite some time due to the presence of a really pesky fly species (hoping to write more about that fairly soon). The picture above says it all!
Of course, the worms have just continued on their merry way – doing that thing they do. As you might imagine (and as you can basically SEE) (more…)