Vermicomposting: Easy and Efficient Composting with Worms: Excellent and very do-able using simple components. :)

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Vermicomposting: Easy and Efficient Composting with Worms

By dave
August 22, 2011

Whether you live on a self-sufficient homestead or in an apartment in the city, you should consider keeping a bin of worms to turn your kitchen scraps into the best compost available. Here's how to get started.

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SongofJoy
Aug 22, 2011 7:57 AM CST
I buy worm castings from someone at my Farmers' Market to mix in soil and also make worm "tea" fertilizer. But your system looks like an easy project so I may have to make my own set-up. Thumbs up Thumbs up
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dave
Aug 22, 2011 9:41 AM CST

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Do it! You won't regret it!! Thumbs up
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SongofJoy
Aug 22, 2011 10:45 AM CST
The "parts" are readily available and don't cost an arm and a leg so no doubt I will construct one fairly soon.

What do you do with the set-up in the winter or did I miss reading that somewhere? We are zone 6b.


Oops, I typo-ed the word excellent in the subject line. :(
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Aug 22, 2011 10:53 AM CST

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All but one of my bins are indoors and they handled the winter just fine. Smiling The outside bin is new this year so I don't yet know how it'll handle the winter. I suspect it'll be fine.

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Aug 22, 2011 11:20 AM CST
I can keep them over-winter in our below-grade garage then. It rarely drops below 50 down there. Or do they need colder winter temps? I know very little about worms. They seem to make it quite well in the ground through the occasional single-digit winter temps here, but I suppose they just go deeper into the ground then. They don't need a lot of light?

(Thanks for the goof correction.)
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dave
Aug 22, 2011 11:24 AM CST

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My worms stay indoors all winter in 70 degree climate controlled comfort and do great. I think a 50 degree garage would be a very nice place for them to over-winter.
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fiwit
Aug 22, 2011 4:56 PM CST
and from everything I've read, Tee, they don't like light. So no, they don't need a lot of light. Smiling
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Aug 22, 2011 4:59 PM CST
Thanks, Mary. Thumbs up
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