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I had a DIY worm bin several years ago that didn’t work out, mostly because I didn’t have a good location in which to keep it. Both my husband and I were a bit scarred by that experience (he because he thought it was gross, me because I don’t want to kill any more worms). But compost piles and bins don’t really work in my limited space. I do trench composting, but there is a limit to how much of my yard can be dug up at any one time. I want an easy and efficient way to compost year round, so I decided to buy a commercial vermicompost bin.

Katxena's Worm Poo garden is an outdoor garden and is located in Maryland, United States and currently contains 1 plants.

This Compost garden is listed in Zone 7.

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billybob

billybob

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United States9

What are some tips that you could give? I have a composter, but I never got anything out of it. After all of my major work is done, I want to do more with it so that I can get some good soil for spring 2010.

Posted on 09 Sep 09 (almost 10 years ago)
Katxena

Katxena

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United States7

Billybob, what kind of composter is yours? Mine is specially designed to be used with worms. The worms eat food scraps that you give them. You can read more about it here: http://www.cityfarmer.org/wormcomp61.html
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I also have a compost bin outside, but it doesn’t work very well. I’m sorry I don’t have any tips for it. I wish I had some, because then mine would be working too!

Posted on 09 Sep 09 (almost 10 years ago)
billybob

billybob

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United States9

It’s a compost bin. The one that you said that isn’t working well.

Posted on 12 Sep 09 (almost 10 years ago)
Katxena

Katxena

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United States7

Bummer. I’m sorry I can’t help!

Posted on 12 Sep 09 (almost 10 years ago)
billybob

billybob

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United States9

I’ve just turned a small pot into a makeshift worm factory. I should be okay with it now…………but what I need to know is what to do when it turns 110 degrees again?

Posted on 13 Sep 09 (almost 10 years ago)
Katxena

Katxena

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United States7

Keep it in the shade, and you might need to add water every now and then. I know that some people freeze a bottle of water and then stick it into the dirt when it’s hot to act like air conditioning. Also, if you can find a container that’s open on the bottom, you can put that in the soil, and the worms can retreat down there when it’s too hot for them. There’s a great vermicomposting forum you can learn more from over here: http://vermicomposters.ning.com/forum

Posted on 13 Sep 09 (almost 10 years ago)
billybob

billybob

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United States9

The worms keep getting out! I’ll have to get a pot with a lid and no holes…

Posted on 21 Sep 09 (almost 10 years ago)
Katxena

Katxena

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United States7

They’ll die in a closed container. If you got your worms out of the dirt, they probably aren’t the right kind of worms to keep in a container. Regular earthworms don’t like to stay in one place. The worms I have are called red wrigglers — they are composting worms, and they’ll stay right where their food is.

Posted on 21 Sep 09 (almost 10 years ago)

Katxena,
How is your vermicomposting going? It’s been almost a year, thought I’d collect your givings and misgivings to see if this would be better for me than my pile, although it would have to be pretty big.
I read 6 web pages on vermicomposting and nobody mentioned going fishing!

Posted on 28 Oct 09 (over 9 years ago)

Katxena, how do you get your worms to climb, I keep putting “fresh” scraps at the top of my bin, but the worms still stay in the bottom (for months). I can’t get my population to grow this way.

Posted on 28 Oct 09 (over 9 years ago)
Katxena

Katxena

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United States7

I really like vermicomposting, but it’s different from my outdoor bin. You can read my journal to see the ups and downs, but overall, this suits me well. It’s indoors, it’s tidy, it’s year-round, it’s interesting, and it’s easy. For me, there’s really no downside. Since I can’t have an outdoor pile, and my outdoor bin never heats up, this is the only way I can ever get any good compost.
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This is my second attempt at a worm bin — the first attempt was a total failure. The difference between the two tries boil down to these two reasons: (1) I had enough money to buy a large amount of worms to start this bin. My first one never had enough worms to really become established. (2) This bin is indoors. My first one was outdoors on a balcony, which meant that I didn’t monitor it closely enough.
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That’s not to say that everyone needs to spend money and have their bin indoors, but that’s what worked for me.

Posted on 28 Oct 09 (over 9 years ago)
Katxena

Katxena

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United States7

What kind of bin do you have @mcav0y? I don’t have any trouble getting my worms to migrate up, but I do have a fairly large population at this point, so perhaps there’s enough of them that they consume all the food at the bottom and have to come up to find more?

Posted on 28 Oct 09 (over 9 years ago)

I have three 5 gallon buckets stacked up with lots of holes drilled in the bottom of the buckets. I don’t think that I have been waiting long enough. I just harvested after putting it off for about three months and there was only about 10 worms left at the bottom.

Posted on 12 Dec 09 (over 9 years ago)
Katxena

Katxena

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United States7

That’s great — that means they’ve moved up, right?

Posted on 12 Dec 09 (over 9 years ago)

oh yes, they were all living happily at the top!

Posted on 12 Dec 09 (over 9 years ago)
Katxena

Katxena

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United States7

Awesome!

Posted on 12 Dec 09 (over 9 years ago)

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