Crazy Q&A Podcast – Session #1

As mentioned in my recent Vermivember audio, my plan is to create some more “unofficial” podcasts this month before getting set up on iTunes (etc).

Most of these podcasts are going to be part of my “Crazy Q&A” series. Rather than selecting a specific topic to talk about, I thought it would be fun/helpful/interesting if I responded directly to as many “burning questions” as I can in about 30 minutes.

As I discovered today, it’s NOT easy to answer lots of questions in 30 minutes! lol

I only managed to tackle 9 in this one – but it’s a start! Because this type of podcast is so easy to put together, I suspect I’ll be able to post new ones on a fairly regular basis.

Here are the topics I touched on today:
– Using tea vs using vermicompost
– Storing castings in the winter
– Starting over and avoiding mushy/messy conditions (and fruit flies)
– Pesticides in produce
– “Easy to harvest outdoor set-ups”
– The best way to get started
– Getting spousal support for your vermicomposting efforts
– Red worm size (does it matter?)
– Population density and breeding

Hope you enjoy it!

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    • Laura
    • November 6, 2012

    Hey Bentley, this was interesting, well done. But please don’t stop writing and the photo’s help lots too ๐Ÿ™‚ Laura

    • Bentley
    • November 6, 2012

    LoL – no worries, Laura. I’m certainly not going to stop writing!
    I just find this to be a very easy way to tackle a lot more questions (and I have a LOT of them from last month’s contest).

    Thanks for the feedback!

  1. Good stuff Bentley. You have a good voice for radio ;o) The length is right too.


    • Bentley
    • November 6, 2012

    Haha – thanks Mike! That makes me feel better. Listening to myself talk is pretty painful – lots of bad habits creep in when doing this stuff basically “off the cuff”. Glad to know it’s at least not quite as bad as it sounds to me! lol

    Your comment just reminded me that I need to go collect some pupae!! (sorry for the delay getting back to you about that)

    • John Duffy
    • November 6, 2012

    Loved the podcast! Nice to know my VC will keep just fine in my garage over the winter

    • Kathleen
    • November 7, 2012

    The Podcast was great. You were able to give a lot of information in a relatively short amount of time. It would have taken you more than a half hour to type all that, and probably without as much detail.

  2. Thank you Bentley,

    I really appreciated your notes on preventing fruit flies. But, all the question/answer items are interesting.

    That’s how the worm turns. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Take care!

    • Luana Presler
    • December 18, 2012

    Bently, I saw a link to your site on my FB page and immediately decided to check it out. I have a had worm bins for several years now and have had really great success. The worms have multiplied to the point I had to set up a second bin. I give them my kitchen scraps and garden waste. They go through it all in about a week and there is almost no odor. My biggest problem is sowbugs or some people call them pill bugs. I have made the bins out of old wood shelving turned on the side and I added plywood lids. Even though the lids seem to fit tightly, the bugs get in. Now my bins are full of what I think are sowbug larva. Lots of tiny white things that wiggle around. The whole bin is white on top with these white wiggly things. I am afraid to put the compost in my garden with these living things in it. So I set the compost out in the sun and let it dry out until the wiggly things die. I am sure this must degrade the compost. I am not sure what to do. I did take some of the worms out and rinse them off and start a third bin indoors but would hate to have to lose the bins I have. Any idea what I can do? Thank you so much for all the valuable info. I am so glad to have found your site, I don’t know anyone else with worms and some of my friends think I am nuts, but I really like worms.

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