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  1. I hope this is the right place to post this but I was wondering if anyone had advice on the types of worms to use. I plan to use the worms to feed the BG in my Aquaponic unit. I'm also looking for a bin as well, are these worth buying? Or should I just make my own? Any recommendations? ​ ​Thanks in advance for any help
  2. Howdy All, That woman of mine went out and bought a Flemish Giant rabbit last year. And being the soft-hearted woman she is, the thing even lived in the house for a few months. After it grew to twice the size it was when it came to live with us, and started jumping on top of the shavings box, then started jumping over the top of the foldable cage panels, it was relegated to the outside hutch. Then she bought another doe. Then she bought a buck... and you know what happened next. So I finished the first hutch, built another hutch, and started the third. Now the first one was a simple three foot by two foot deal built from scrap wood and new rabbit wire for the bottom. The second one was six feet long by three feet wide, built on legs with a 30 degree slant on the poop board underneath. The third is eight feet by three feet. I've come across some PVC pipe, thin walled, and about 12 inches in diameter. It was used for a catch pipe for a swamp cooler so there is already a wide slit in the pipe. I figure on screwing this pipe under the poop board so the manure falls into the pipe instead of onto the ground. Since I'm already a gardener, I'm quite happy with the manure that these little buggers produce. And it can go directly into the gardens and containers without having to wait for compost to mature. A couple of worm bins have been made with scrap roofing steel on the inside to make the turning easier, and outside to make it a bit easier on the eyes. Since we lost one or two litters from the cold weather, we used one of my hot rods to take the kits and their box into the house for the night. Mama took them back in the morning with no problem. Its been a learning process for sure. I do appreciate all the info I've gleaned from this forum and thank the contributors for sharing their experiences.
  3. I'm sure I'm posting this in the wrong place since I'm still a noob but well... here's my rambling. For starters, I did do a couple of things right- I bought some red wigglers online and kept them contained, well watered with a great supply of shredded cardboard. I have two bins I use for vermiculture (raising worms to improve soil and process waste into nutrients). When I got my worms, I thought it'd be a good idea to split them into two groups so if I botched one, I didn't need to loose all my cute?, wiggly lil friends. My first bin was a styrafoam container, about 18 gallons- using styafoam was my first mistake. I suppose it can be toxic to a degree, but it is also terrible at transferring gas exchange. My second bin was an older (well washed) bucket that once held kitty litter (clean stuff, heh). The plastic transfers heat better and the holes I made in the side of that bin worked much better- I guess I'm learning. In order to avoid freaking the worms out and making them try to crawl out of their bin, I've tried not to put too much starch or any kind of kitchen scraps that aren't well processed. I saw a video on youtube of a man going to interesting lengths to grow happy worms. He'd let bread get stale and then put it on top of the piles. He'd process his food scraps with a juicer, feeding the worms the juice right away and then letting the pulp rot for about a week in a kitchen composter. His worms looked healthy and it was nice small scale stuff, so I'm going to try this myself (well, with a cheaper blender and a couple of mesh wire colanders?) The first bin created a much darker, well processed pile of dirt. The second batch was initially much smaller so I think this outdoors batch was more experimental. I fed them a lot of cardboard, wood chips, a few fruits and veggies (and a cherry tomato from a Wendy's salad which just dried up and kept it's color. It still hasn't decomposed, after about two months. No one's paying me to say this but... yeah, hehe kinda scary right? In the middle of a really humid Virginia Summer, the worms were loving the outdoors and their bedding was only mildly damp, so having recently read a bit about aquaponics, I decided to test out something by pouring my Beta's waste water into the bin. I really wish I could have informative polls filled out by my worms... in English, emailed to me. No, I don't ask for much do I? The worms didn't seem to mind the fishy water, in some ways I think they liked it. The second bin was indoors mostly, it was a mixed of old coconut husk and LECA from hydroponics, a good deal of banana peels, some potting soil and stale bread crumbled into teeny tiny bits. This second soil batch is way too wet, but warm and teeming with life. With the coconut husk, I've noticed that my dirt had a 'shredded wheat in a bowl for 30 mins' look to it. The worms love the husk for bedding and I managed to actually become a grandworm! YAY, I successfully achieved keeping some red wigglers alive long enough to produce a second generation. Since I've rambled for a while, I'll just ask a couple of questions and go back to lurking the forums for a bit... What's the best material for vermiculture bins? Did I post this in the wrong place? Should I have posted it elsewhere? Well... where then? Huh? Oh!! Okay, thanks! Is anyone else around more experienced with vemiculture? I need to take a picture of one of my fatter worms and post it, just to creep some people out but also to ask if anyone knows if she's just big into Mcdonalds or pregnant. Thank you for your time!
  4. Hey, I just ordered 2 Garden bed worm farms (mini rotters) from Kookaburra Worm farm. Looks like a good idea. Has anyone tried them? It is basically a worm farm that you put straight into the garden bed, the compost worms consume the leftover food, leave their castings in the soil, then the earth worms spread the castings further into the garden bed.