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Old 07-02-2009, 10:58 AM   #1
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Rubbermaid roughneck , holes drilled.

Pre worm shredded newspaper bedding.

Worms added to bedding.

Since I don't use drainage holes on bottom occasional dry bedding added to top or if very wet, bottom of bin.

Next ...feeding.
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Old 07-02-2009, 11:03 AM   #2
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Kitchen waste.

Nylon net full of scraps for catching worms before harvest. Just bury in bedding take out and add to plastic bucket with a bit of shredded newspaper until new bedding ready.
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Old 07-02-2009, 11:06 AM   #3
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Sifting after allowed to dry a bit, too wet is hard to sift.

Finished product, ready for use.
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Old 07-03-2009, 11:53 AM   #4
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The white flecks in the finished worm castings (vermicompost) are crushed eggshells. I use the crushed shells as a grit for the worms to use in digestion process. A bit of soil will work if you don't like to use eggshells.
The shells must be ground very fine to work so I use a stone rolling pin with the eggshells placed on a cloth napkin. It takes just a couple of minutes to roll into a fine product.
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Old 07-03-2009, 09:29 PM   #5
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Wow - thanks for the detailed explanation. How long have you been vermicomposting?
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Old 07-04-2009, 10:22 AM   #6
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I have been vermicomposting for two yeas now. Took course (three six hour Saturdays) to become a volunteer for Master Composters through the Master Gardeners program. The cost covers a bin you make in class.
Vermicomposting along with other composting methods is taught to youngsters at local schools and at summer events by volunteers. We even have a ROT line for questions.
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Hey Gloria! Thanks for starting this thread. I have two brand new rubbermaid bins back home. When I get back can you walk me through this? I bought them specifically to start vermicomposting. The rot line sounds hysterical but needed. I bet it gets calls. People like me are interested... we don't have 18 hours to devote to the nitty gritty but we do want to start. I'm most interested in start to finish with how best to remove eggs from the castings.
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Old 07-06-2009, 05:20 AM   #8
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Gloria, thank you for posting your tutorial. I like the nylon netting part; nothing I've read in the past makes any reference to it. Does it make it a great deal easier to corral the worms? To me that always seemed like the difficult part.
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:47 AM   #9
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Very nice job describing the process.
I also add a hand full of soil into the moistened newspaper bedding to get their digestion started.
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Old 07-13-2009, 11:12 AM   #10
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Has anyone started one of these yet?
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