July 2015

Is There Such A Thing As “Too Much Bedding”?

Some good questions from Sara:

I bought worms from you 2 months back. I was out of town for a week in June and no one tended the bin. Ended up with water sitting in the bin due to moisture. It smelled TERRIBLE! I stopped putting food in and put a bunch of shredded cardboxes in over a few days. After a few days it got better and I think I saved it. Problem is, the humidity here in New England is pretty bad, and I feel like every time I open the bin it’s too moist. So, I put more paper in.

So my question is, can I put “too much” shredded cardboard (etc) in the bin?

I tried going through your reader questions but I only found the setting up box paper to scraps ratio etc.

Also, bugs. There are bugs in my box and I’m not sure what to do about them. Can you get me pointed in the right direction?

Do you have a post/pictures on how the bin it’s supposed to look after a month or two? I look in my box now and I see a bunch of shredded paper and food scraps but not…well compost. Sure it takes more time but how is it suppose to look inside the bin? In every picture I’ve seen, the bins look like they have a lot of dirt/compost/mud etc. Mine doesn’t really look that way…

Hi Sara,

Firstly, I want to commend you on adding more absorbent, bulky bedding materials to deal with your swampy bin conditions. This is an excellent strategy – and something I recommend all the time.

Moisture is definitely a challenge when you are (more…)

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Worms Congregating Together

Question from Lauren:

I have a worm bin 360, have had my worms active in it for almost 6 weeks. I added a bunch of old produce to it 2 days ago and today I went to look and a bunch of them have clumped up between the two top brown paper layers I have beneath the lid. Also, the food I put in is moldy. Do I need to remove the food? Are they overwhelmed and trying to get more air? Thank you!

Hi Lauren,

Based on the info you shared, I would definitely assume here that the worms are distressed. You need to be really careful about how much food you add at once in any sort of enclosed plastic bin system.

Too much waste – especially if no steps have been taken to optimize it for the worms (not sure if this is the case here) – can lead to (more…)

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Hay Bale Vermigardening – 7-1-15

It’s been a long time since I’ve shared an update (or really, written anything on the blog! lol). My last Hay Bale Vermigardening post was on June 8th!

Even this post itself was started almost a week ago.

Needless to say, it’s been a busy couple of months, but the good news is that the majority of my serious outdoor work is now complete, and the “real world” worm biz has also slowed down a fair bit. So, I should have more time for updates in coming weeks!

Since it has been so long, I figured I should break this update into two parts. Part 1 (today’s installment) will discuss how I finished digging and setting up the long bed. Part 2 will provide an update on the (smaller) “railway tie bed” and talk about planting in the bales.

OK, so let’s dive in shall we?

Here is a picture to remind you of (more…)

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