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The place for worm discussion of all sorts. Whether you're raising worms for composting, bait, or God knows why else, this is the place for discussion. Common topics covered are setting up new worm bins, getting high-quality vermicompost, making vermicompost tea, or common problems encountered when raising worms.


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Vermicompost is the product or process of composting using various worms, usually red wigglers, white worms, and other earthworms to create a heterogeneous mixture of decomposing vegetable or food waste, bedding materials, and vermicast. Vermicast, also called worm castings, worm humus or worm manure, is the end-product of the breakdown of organic matter by an earthworm. These castings have been shown to contain reduced levels of contaminants and a higher saturation of nutrients than do organic materials before vermicomposting.

Containing water-soluble nutrients, vermicompost is an excellent, nutrient-rich organic fertilizer and soil conditioner. This process of producing vermicompost is called vermicomposting.

Wikipedia: vermicompost

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Advice on keeping bin outdoors

I have been keeping my worm bin indoors in a sunroom. Having issues with the temp right now as the room is completely enclosed and the temperature can really spike up specially in the afternoon. Been thinking about bringing it outdoors for the summer to help with temperature regulation. I am thinking it would be better to have it on a covered outdoor space, rather than an enclosed indoor area. I have a covered porch that I can leave it on. Are there things I should consider when doing so? The bin is a 27 gallon tote with drainage holes. It is inside another tote with no holes. There are 2 slabs of 4x4 lumber between the 2 bins to provide a gap. When it was indoors, I was leaving it with the lid off and was just covered with some cardboard on top. Did have some issues with fungus gnats. If I leave it outdoors, would it still be ok to leave it with just cardboard on top? Or should I cover with the lid? I can drill some holes on the lid if need be. I do have some holes on it already, but they are very small. I also have the option of using a screen mesh as cover if that will also work. I can zip tie the mesh to secure it to the bin. Will critters/birds try to get into the bin if I leave it uncovered? Any other issues I should be aware of with outdoor bins?

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2024/06/30
04:18 UTC

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What are these white specs?

Just noticed these little white things on the bedding and on the papaya I left in the bin, what are they? How do my worms look? Thanks

4 Comments
2024/06/29
20:14 UTC

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Pot worms or round worms?

I bought some dandelion growing kit from a pet store. It’s hard to see but I now have these very transparent almost too tiny to see worms crawling around the soil, and my sprouts all died. They aren’t white like most pictures of pot worms I can find and move kind of erratically. What are the chances that they’re round worms? I’m afraid because I touched the soil many times without gloves. Thanks in advance for anyone able to identify them better than I can.

6 Comments
2024/06/29
18:40 UTC

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Looking for cheap recipe for making worm food that will help create strong worm breeding

I get free old produce already from local markets. But would like to make some food cocktails as well

50 Comments
2024/06/29
14:06 UTC

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LF : 2nd hand worm bin, The Hague, Netherlands area

Any 2nd hand worm bin available around The Hague area or wider? Will travel to pick up.

Or, any help with how to search for 2nd hand worm bin in The Netherlands? I'm new to this country and can't speak Dutch.

2 Comments
2024/06/29
09:24 UTC

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Waterproofing plywood for CFT bin?

I’m building a mid-sized continuous flow through bin, and the walls are made of 3/4 plywood (PureBond, made without formaldehyde, if anyone’s wondering). I’m not much of a woodworker, so I’m wondering if anyone can suggest ways to improve the longevity of the inside of the bin, which will obviously be exposed to a high level of moisture.

I’m primarily thinking about tung oil or beeswax? Anyone have strong opinions about their pros and cons, or alternative coatings? Maybe also a food safe pond liner or other plastic or silicone sheeting, but I’m not sure where to buy a good quality one. Thanks for any recommendations! Happy to share pictures once the bin’s done if anyone’s interested.

6 Comments
2024/06/29
05:41 UTC

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What kind of eggs are these? Fruit flies?

I found them in my vermicompost bed

6 Comments
2024/06/28
20:19 UTC

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Do any of yall know what this is?

Ignore the audio🙃

101 Comments
2024/06/28
19:07 UTC

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First harvest out of my wormbucket and I couldn't be happier. Also LOOK AT ALL THE COCOONS!! No problem returning these cocoons to the garden with the castings as there were dozens of baby worms left in the bin. So excited at how well this has gone so far!

3 Comments
2024/06/28
18:40 UTC

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Should I add more bedding?

Hi all!

I setup a brand new Urban Worm Bag a couple weeks ago with 250 European Nightcrawlers. Everything is going well so far. I decided I’d add 500 Red Wigglers to the mix now but I’m concerned I may not have enough bedding for them to live comfortably in.

Should I add more bedding before the wigglers arrive tomorrow?

5 Comments
2024/06/28
17:27 UTC

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Will worms escape a worm bin?

I notice in youtube videos, ventilation holes are drilled into the side of the worm bin. Why are they drilled at the side and not the top?

I also noticed these worms can crawl on the bin walls. Won't they attempt to escape if there are holes on the side?

16 Comments
2024/06/28
01:28 UTC

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Discouraging Pot Worms?

Okay, so I have had several bins going strong for a couple years now. I’m an avid houseplant person too. I have literally never seen a pot worm in my life until today. I just found tons of them in one of my bins when I was doing a feeding.

I keep my bins on the dryer side, they are indoors in a basement with a dehumidifier. None of them create leachate. I usually have to add a bit of water with feedings to keep things moist, because they have a tendency to get too dry. They also get a regular dusting of eggshells with every feeding.

So I’m 100% sure my bins aren’t too wet or too acidic. I know typically pot worms are a sign something might be out of wack, but the worms seem to be thriving. I know they are detritivores and it’s not a huge deal, but pot worms kind of gross me out.

Are their certain foods they dislike or any other tips to lower their numbers? Again, the bin is not overly dry, no weird smells, worms are happy, and I add too much eggshell regularly for it to be acidic.

8 Comments
2024/06/27
19:19 UTC

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Does slow vs fast food change how you feed?

When feeding, is it helpful to do a combo of fast and slow food? Is it different for new versus established bins? I have a bin that's only a couple of months old, and I was wondering if I'm doing a weekly feeding of only slow food, is going to slow down their production since nothing is ready immediately? Is there any consideration needed for fast versus slow food?

16 Comments
2024/06/27
16:54 UTC

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Neem cake

Hi everyone, I've read that you can use neem cake to kill mites. Does it work? If so, how much should I add and should I mix it with the bedding or spread it at the top?

EDIT: Can I use it to prevent mites?

6 Comments
2024/06/27
15:33 UTC

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New to vermiculite, and found a few of these smaller critters. Are they baby red wigglers or something else?

6 Comments
2024/06/27
02:36 UTC

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Best method to move worms out of finished compost

I am using a single 27 gal tote for my bin. I was thinking to buy a 57 gal tote and move the finished compost into one side and fresh bedding (and food) to the other side. I would use a divider with holes in the center of the bin. Any problem with the worms migrating horizontally?

Is any other method better?

17 Comments
2024/06/27
02:02 UTC

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Vermiculture Query. European Nightcrawlers for Denver garden?

1 Comment
2024/06/26
23:27 UTC

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Chicken of the woods?

Anyone feed their worms chicken of the woods? (It’s a mushroom) I’ve got a bunch from last year in freezer I forgot about and instead of tossing I was thinking of feeding my worms but I don’t want to poison them

1 Comment
2024/06/26
18:50 UTC

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Doobie?

Being a daily cannabis smoker, i just had the flash, considering i roll joint with organic paper and cardboard made for hemp and unbleached, could i potentially throw my doobies in the bin or does anyone do/tried it? How did it go?

My worries would maybe be either from the ashes or the tar that form throughout comsomption. Other than that, on paper it could work

22 Comments
2024/06/26
18:48 UTC

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New African nightcrawlers won't stop escaping. Suggestions please

About a week and a half ago I brought in some new worms.

I've had 3 bins of reds for about 2 years now (started with 1/4lb to try, and their population has exponentially increased, and have done well)

I brought in a lb each of red, enc, and anc's. I've set up separate bins for all of them. The new reds and enc's have mostly settled in. Only had some climbing the bin sides when we've had storms (it has rained almost every day or every other day these past few weeks. It's been crazy) or when I've added more moisture. Fixed it by adding dry bedding. Nothing I have done is getting the anc to settle at all. They aren't just climbing the sides of the bin, but are escaping through ventilation holes, and along the sides of the lid and bin. I've probably lost at least a 100. It's keeping my cats entertained though, so there's that I suppose.

I'm debating getting a piece of window screen and possibly attaching it to the bin with Bungee cords around. I've had a lamp shining on to the lid, and it made no difference. Help please. Thanks

14 Comments
2024/06/26
16:23 UTC

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Made a Worm Starter Kit for a friend so we can nerd out about worms together

Box contains: Paper cup full of European nightcrawler cocoons and castings from my own culture A plastic mesh lid that fits on wide mouth mason jar Sachet of worm grit (egg shell powder, vitamins, and minerals) Sachet of worm chow Layer of coconut coir for bedding Filled with shredded paper as insulation and for bedding

Friend need only supply a Mason jar. Add all ingredients and a little water into the jar. Mix well. Wait a week. Worms!

8 Comments
2024/06/26
01:04 UTC

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Anyone feed beets in past?

I have a row of beets that have gone pithy. Has anyone tried them in quantity before?

6 Comments
2024/06/26
00:11 UTC

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