Using Leaves as a Bedding / Food Source for Worms…

“Can leaves be a bedding and feed source for worms?” ~ Art Hi Art, Leaves – as in ‘fall leaves’ – are an excellent bedding/food for worms, and a fantastic composting substrate in general. They tend to fall in the carbon-rich range of organic matter, but their C:N ratio tends to be MUCH lower than…

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Dealing With An Over Populated Worm Bed

“I have been very fortunate or maybe just did some things correctly my first time out but now I find that my 4′ x 4′ wormbed is getting pretty crowded. Every hand rakeful is full of worms… babies, juveniles, mature and BREEDERS! How do I tell if the bed is overcrowded and in need of…

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Outdoor Worm Farming Systems – Part II – Pits and Trenches

In our last edition of the newsletter we discussed the most commonly used outdoor, large-scale system – the windrow. As you may recall, windrows are essentially extended piles of organic matter that sit directly on the ground (often making direct contact with the soil). This week we will be looking at systems that literally sit…

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White Worms (Pot Worms) In Worm Composting

“Hi there, I started up a worm farm about 3 months ago. It is doing very well, but has lots of tiny white worms in it. They even seem to be living in the fluid which comes from the bin. Are these worms bad for either the system or the garden? If so, how do…

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Bagged Manure Vs Fresh Manure

“I am in a situation where finding either fresh from the farm cow or horse manure for the hauling is no problem. However, due to a fairly severe heart condition, I also find myself unable to shovel the poo myself, and so wind up hiring a local kid to do it for me. By the…

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Outdoor Worm Farming Systems – Part I – Windrows

In this edition, as promised, we’ll be getting into the topic of outdoor vermicomposting systems. There is plenty we can chat about here, so I’ve decide to spread the discussion out over two or three newsletters. As the title implies, we will begin with the topic of ‘Windrows’. Windrows are definitely one of the most…

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How Many Composting Worms Should I Start With?

“I am a novice at composting, prior to moving to New Hampshire, I had a micro garden, New Jersey in-which I would put all my UN-eatable waste excluding meats and bones. I soon found worms in my beds. I am learning that worm farming is the way to go. . . At present I am…

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