September 2021

Worms in Microgreens Trays?

Recently, Shaul G posted in our Worm Farming Alliance discussion group about a YouTuber who calls himself “Papa Blue Shirt”. This gentleman is big into growing microgreens and baby greens…with a twist.

He adds composting worms to all his grow trays!

Naturally, this caught my attention and I decided I had better check out some of his videos.

Here is one that shows his basic process for setting up new trays with worms:

For a full list of all his worms + greens related videos I recommend checking out the Papa Blue Shirt Worms in Microgreens Playlist.

I myself have dabbled with microgreens in the past, and I’ve certainly had (more…)

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World’s Smallest Bin – Coffee Tub System Update

Back at the end of October 2020 I came up with the kooky idea to start up what was easily my smallest worm bin ever – perhaps the smallest worm bin anyone has ever set up?

The container used was a tiny toy toolbox…on a keychain no less! (Shown in the photo below)

Yep, it was pretty small.

The goal (apart from being a goofball) was to see what effect very limited space had on Red Worm population growth. The system was set up like a miniature home worm bin and stocked with 5 cocoons.

When I checked up on things in December (Day 50) I was able to find (more…)

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Vermicomposting Clothing – Fall 2021 Update

Back in early December of 2020 I set up a system intended to test the use of biodegradable fabric as “bedding” material for vermicomposting. Most of the material came from ripped up cotton-based clothing, but I also added some old karate belts that happened to be lying around. To help get things rolling, I started things off with some compostable food scraps, and stocked the bin with worm-rich material from another active system.

The images below shows how things looked on the day I got things rolling.

This bin was set up at my dad’s place (where I have done most of my indoor vermicomposting for the past couple of years), and kept down (more…)

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The Hungry Bin

For a number of years now I’ve been seeing a lot of positive feedback for a vermicomposting system known as the “Hungry Bin”. To be honest, I really didn’t see what all the fuss was about. It seemed incredibly expensive* and, in my humble opinion, looked more like a recycling bin than a highly-effective vermicomposting system – let alone a “continuous-flow” system!

Still, I “secretly” hoped that one day I would have an opportunity to test one of these things out, so I could at least base my (skeptical – haha) opinions on some real world experience!

Thankfully that opportunity arrived, due to my involvement in (more…)

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Worm Bin Leachate Scare

E-mail from Shelly:

Help! I may have just poisoned my whole garden and I’m panicking. I noticed too late – after feeding all my leafy greens – that my worm tea stinks and these white wriggling things pour out of the spigot – I have a video i can send through. it looks like larvae or something . I also watered my lemon tree with it.

I just fed my garden with this gross mess – what I now read is leachate rather than worm tea. I watered the garden with it before noticing how gross the leachate/tea was, and I hope I haven’t introduced something terrible. What should I do? Should I avoid eating this crop? Can I treat this somehow?

Hi Shelly,

This is definitely an important/interesting topic that inspires a LOT of debate – so thanks for writing in! On one side you have people who (more…)

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Starting a Business with Worm-Rich Horse Manure

A good question from Hannah:

I am studying in the hopes of starting my own worm farm. I have a horse and have noticed in the past that the manure heap has loads of worms which appear to be red wigglers. My horse doesn’t take any unhealthy dewormer or anything toxic to the environment, but about a year ago, there were horses on the property who did. I assume worms harvested from the manure heap would be safe to use as bait since the manure is at least a year aged? Can I start my own worm farm by harvesting worms from the manure if I plan to sell them and their castings?

Hi Hannah,

It sounds like you’ve really lucked out there! Having your own manure heap loaded with Red Worms is the ultimate score for (more…)

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