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margaran
(Maggie) Jacksonvill, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 27, 2005
6:35 PM

Post #1653688

Is anyone interested in having worm composting as a separate forum?
ms_mensch
San Lorenzo, CA

July 29, 2005
4:47 AM

Post #1657494

It would certainly be easier than having to go to all the different forums where worm composting is being discussed.
veggiemom
Windermere, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 29, 2005
10:51 AM

Post #1657724

I would definitely be interested. Margaret
stetchworth
Ocean Springs, MS
(Zone 8b)

July 30, 2005
10:32 AM

Post #1659953

I'm interested.
judycooksey
Pocahontas, TN
(Zone 7b)

July 30, 2005
4:19 PM

Post #1660327

Me Too!!! I love my worms!!
celia
Cleveland, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 30, 2005
4:33 PM

Post #1660352

I'm in.
Skittles2u
Farmville, VA
(Zone 7a)

July 31, 2005
4:20 AM

Post #1661582

I would love to see an active vermicomposting forum.
KSGrazier

December 9, 2006
6:22 PM

Post #2985285

I'm searching right now, and have to agree it would be nice to have it as a separate forum. I see the question was last addressed in July of 2005, so consider this a "bump" on the issue.
margaran
(Maggie) Jacksonvill, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 9, 2006
10:53 PM

Post #2986021

While I love DG, for that particular subject I think the best place at this point is http://thegardenforums.org/viewforum.php?f=42/ The regulars from GW went there.

Maggie
dguimo
Pioneer, CA

December 9, 2006
11:48 PM

Post #2986148

I too would be interested. I have a worm bin going now, so far, so good, but there is always something to learn from other gardeners. Think it would be great to have a seperate forum.
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 11, 2006
2:41 AM

Post #2989022

Count me in, DH is an avid fisherman, and is always interested in ideas about growing his own worms.
fieldsems
Paris, TN

November 26, 2007
6:05 PM

Post #4231555

i'm in
margaran
(Maggie) Jacksonvill, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 26, 2007
7:47 PM

Post #4231816

I floated an idea about this a while back. Since then, the main thread http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/691406/ has had growing activity and there have been other threads on organic gardening http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/480051/ and frugal living asking for information on worm composting. Do you think forum would help us find our worm buddies more easily?

If so, post here so Dave et al. know how many of us there are. Spare forums don't grow on trees you know ;-). He has to create them

Maggie
doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

November 26, 2007
7:50 PM

Post #4231827

margaran, count me in! I'm greatly interested in this as a potential MG project with school kids.
margaran
(Maggie) Jacksonvill, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 27, 2007
11:18 AM

Post #4234091

I think it would be so cool to do that!!! I love that I'm recycling trash into fertilizer. Here's a resource on what a teacher and her class did to recycle at their school http://tinyurl.com/2khl45

Maggie
19flip44
Camanche, IA
(Zone 5a)

November 27, 2007
6:37 PM

Post #4235713

Count me in also ! I grow my worms in my basement, I well be starting year two with my first order of worms.
fieldsems
Paris, TN

November 27, 2007
7:15 PM

Post #4235839

flip how will you be selling your worms? sounds like were in the same boat we have been raising ours for about a year i started out just doing it for the compost for my own personal use and my husband turned it into a business

dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

November 27, 2007
7:23 PM

Post #4235899

Count me in too please!!! BEV
CapeCodGardener
Mid-Cape, MA
(Zone 7a)

December 1, 2007
3:22 AM

Post #4249066

I'd appreciate a separate forum for vermicomposting! I want to know more about it before I get started!
dryad57
Scottsburg, IN
(Zone 6a)

December 6, 2007
9:59 PM

Post #4269007

Count me in on this one too.
doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

December 6, 2007
10:08 PM

Post #4269025

Me too
msrobin
Caneyville, KY
(Zone 6b)

December 7, 2007
2:03 AM

Post #4269760

Ditto, Dave.

Robin
fieldsems
Paris, TN

December 7, 2007
2:18 AM

Post #4269801

where is caneyville ky?

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

December 7, 2007
3:34 AM

Post #4270041

How come ya'll didn't come get me? I'M IN!
Dean_W
Central Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 7, 2007
5:13 PM

Post #4271570

I'm intrested!
judycooksey
Pocahontas, TN
(Zone 7b)

December 8, 2007
12:22 AM

Post #4272793

I might not post a lot but I surely would be lurking!!

Judy
msrobin
Caneyville, KY
(Zone 6b)

December 9, 2007
4:15 AM

Post #4276374

Fieldsems, Caneyville is about 45 miles north of Bowling Green, Ky. Two hours north of Nashville.

I'm mostly interested in doing this to help my garden, too.
garden_mermaid
San Francisco Bay Ar, CA
(Zone 9b)

December 9, 2007
5:14 AM

Post #4276517

Great idea! The vermicomposting threads that I'm familiar with are scattered over the Soil & Composting, Organic Gardening and Vegetable gardening forums. Sounds like there are more on forums I haven't managed to visit yet.
Hmmm, herding worms...that must be like herding cats.
Mibus2
(Phyllis) Flint,, TX
(Zone 7b)

December 9, 2007
4:56 PM

Post #4277395

I agree I think it is a great idea it needs a home ..I have not gotten one started yet but I am planning on it as soon as I can get what I need and any and all info I can find will help me make it successful as I have alot of ground to cover in Texas that is clay and soil and I want gardens LOL
dguimo
Pioneer, CA

December 9, 2007
5:05 PM

Post #4277427

I'm still interested. I had a bin that I was growing worms in this Summer
but I gave up on it and just added all of the worms and castings to one of my compost bins. The castings were so wet and when they dried were like rocks!! Not a success story.
margaran
(Maggie) Jacksonvill, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 9, 2007
10:17 PM

Post #4278273

I let mine dry out too one time nd had little rocks. If you re-wet it and run it through a screen, it will come out fluffy. I'm packing some for Christmas presents!

Maggie
ms_mensch
San Lorenzo, CA

December 10, 2007
10:45 PM

Post #4281731

Would be nice to have a forum for worms. I bought one of the commercial worm farms through a local government agency. There was a small handbook with the set they got me started okay. I am one of those people who doesn't post a lot, but certainly read a lot of what others have to say. I managed to figure out how to keep my worms alive and they are doing fine right now. They don't seem as hungry now that it has started to get cold, but over the summer they made a nice supply of casings. Now I have to figure out how I am supposed to use them in my garden. Do I sprinkle them on top, or do I work it into the soil? It would be nice to have a forum where all topics are discussed--like is there some kind of food that should not go to the worms. Or what happens when you start getting other bugs in your worm farm? I have a million questions and very few answers.
celia
Cleveland, OH
(Zone 5b)

December 14, 2007
5:33 PM

Post #4294468

I would like to start up my worm bin again. I could use a refresher course.
fieldsems
Paris, TN

December 14, 2007
6:08 PM

Post #4294577

As far as your compost your worms make you can work it into the soil or I use my straight as a seed starter,the bugs that look like larvae I just hand pick those out and I don't feed my worms onions and I use a ph tester to moniter my worms so that they don't get too acidic.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

December 14, 2007
8:39 PM

Post #4294928

yeah, too much acid and the worms get heartburn...
judycooksey
Pocahontas, TN
(Zone 7b)

December 15, 2007
2:42 AM

Post #4295795

Maggie (margaran)

I decided we really didn't need to exchange Christmas presents this year... (I could not hep it, deep Southern talkin'... my attempt at hurmor)

Judy
FlowrLady
-South Central-, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 8, 2008
3:05 PM

Post #4375235

Count me in! I lurk in vermicomposting often!
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

January 16, 2008
3:26 PM

Post #4409695

Andrew wrote a great pair of how-to articles on vermicomposting in September. I saw people were asking questions on this thread, so I figured I post the links...

http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/81/

http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/154/
garden_mermaid
San Francisco Bay Ar, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 16, 2008
3:47 PM

Post #4409863

Thanks critter! It would be nice to have a sticky on vermicomposting that kept links to these articles up at the top.
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

January 16, 2008
4:16 PM

Post #4410042

Is there a vermicomposting forum now? I looked on the list of forums and didn't see one, but maybe I didn't look under the right heading...
FlowrLady
-South Central-, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 16, 2008
4:20 PM

Post #4410065

I 'think' there IS a vermicomposting forum...

Well, I went and looked for it, and don't see one! Someone should ASk for one!

Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


January 16, 2008
4:41 PM

Post #4410148

garden_mermaid,
you could always make those posts a personal 'sticky' by clicking the small folder in the upper right hand and adding a 'tag' or label for easy reference. Then all you do to find it again is go to your My Info page and click on 'View Your Tagged Pages.'
zacattack
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 20, 2008
5:17 AM

Post #4427767

Count me in.
margaran
(Maggie) Jacksonvill, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 21, 2008
11:09 AM

Post #4431957

There is not yet a forum. This is the thread to request a forum. So far, there has not been enough activity for Dave to create a separate forum.
For now, my suggestions for a Vermicomposting sticky to the Soil and Composting forum would be a link to the worm bin article and a link to the following excellent resources for starters.


http://www.happydranch.com/ see next link
http://www.happydranch.com/invertebrates.html
http://www.wormswrangler.com/worm_articles.html

Maggie
garden_mermaid
San Francisco Bay Ar, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 21, 2008
6:11 PM

Post #4433438

Thanks Calif_Sue. I will trying using the tagging feature. Is this a new feature on DG?

Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


January 22, 2008
6:31 AM

Post #4436873

Yes the tagging is new, replacing the Favorites bookmarking feature and was announced on the Dave's Garden Forum which is where all new features and changes are posted.

Sue_WA

Sue_WA
Seattle, WA
(Zone 8a)

January 22, 2008
6:13 PM

Post #4438836

Count me in. I need to expand our vermicomposting this year. I would love to participate in conversations about this.
Groundnut
Pace, FL
(Zone 8b)

January 24, 2008
6:54 PM

Post #4447975

I am very interested in vermicomposting. Count me in.
Dee
gamekeeper
New Boston, NH

January 25, 2008
8:36 PM

Post #4453402

Since my time doesn't permit ANY new projects I had to go into Composting (simplified).Having a very rough area close to the house that had been neglected for MANY years and had severe erosion etc..My first move was to have the mower man put all clippings and leaves in this area and everyday I throw the house waste coffee grounds etc.etc.In fall when all the leaves are gathered here they are waist deep Perhaps 6-7 years back I started buying 2000 red wigglers once or twice a year and buy late spring you can't even tell the leaves had been put there.Since I have put in a shade garden to make the compost AREA attractive.Ferns,Rhodadendrons,Laurel,Witchhazel etc.Now it is a favorite area for me instead of an eyesore.When composted is needed just wheel my cart in and help myself.
Dean_W
Central Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 25, 2008
10:41 PM

Post #4453890

gamekeeper,

I'd love to see pictures! Sounds like you got quite the garden there.
budgielover
Pinellas Park, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 27, 2008
9:04 PM

Post #4461372

Kinda scary to see so many people find worms interesting enough to have their own forum. LOL
FlowrLady
-South Central-, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2008
10:57 PM

Post #4466348

Nah...

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


January 29, 2008
7:29 PM

Post #4470051

I spoke with Dave this morning, and we both agree it looks like there's enough interest to launch a new forum. The question is: public or subscribers-only?

Let's do a quick vote here, and tomorrow I'll launch it as open or closed, depending on the yeas and nays here.
garden_mermaid
San Francisco Bay Ar, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 30, 2008
1:28 AM

Post #4471556

Terry, what are the advantages and disadvantages of making the Vermicomposting forum public vs "private"?

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


January 30, 2008
1:36 AM

Post #4471574

It's the same as with any forum: public means more potential activity if people can participate without paying.

Subscribers-only means that there is a little more privacy between your posts and the entire world (but it's still a really big audience that can read anything you post.)

margaran
(Maggie) Jacksonvill, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 30, 2008
1:40 AM

Post #4471594

Public
garden_mermaid
San Francisco Bay Ar, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 30, 2008
1:44 AM

Post #4471616

I'm fine with public.

Not sure there is really much privacy with the subscribers only forums. Google will bring up threads on those as well as the public ones. Same thing happens with YahooGroups that are "private". If something in a post matches a Google search, the post will appear for all to see.
Azalea
Jonesboro, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 30, 2008
2:11 AM

Post #4471736

But can they read past the first post and/reply on the thread??
19flip44
Camanche, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 30, 2008
2:23 AM

Post #4471794

Makes no difference to me.
budgielover
Pinellas Park, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 30, 2008
9:57 AM

Post #4472533

I didn't think any of the forums were open to non subscribers past the first post or is it just the trading forums that are restricted. I thought it was one of the "perks" of subscribing.
margaran
(Maggie) Jacksonvill, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 30, 2008
10:52 AM

Post #4472566

I think at this stage, we need outsiders. Many on the vermi thread are newbies, looking for information. So far we are a very small group of people. We need a critical mass of folks to spark even more interest and mentors with both formal knowledge and personal experience. I think folks investigating a vermi forum will also be very interested in the "mother" compost forum and be enticed to join DG. Especially since we have so many multifaceted people on this thread referring to other threads on the Compost forum.


IMHO,

Maggie
ezgroonly
Fountaintown, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 30, 2008
1:05 PM

Post #4472818

I need worms!
ezgroonly
Fountaintown, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 30, 2008
1:07 PM

Post #4472823

I need worms!!
FlowrLady
-South Central-, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 30, 2008
2:12 PM

Post #4473029

ezgroonly I hope you get your worms!! LOL

I'm okay with public. Then later on if there is an issue, Terry, can you make it subscribers only?

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


January 30, 2008
3:24 PM

Post #4473427

Yes, we can change any forum from open to closed. (And yes, we have made some public forums private, and vice-versa ;o)

garden_mermaid, private forums are actually private, but if you're logged into DG, Google will bring them up in your search results.

However, if you log out of DG and run the same Google search, you will get the same results only if the title or first post contain the words you're looking for - but you won't be able to read past the title and first post.

budgielover, about 75% (150 or so) of the forums are private, and about 50 of them are open to the public. It's a good compromise as it gives non-subscribers a "taste" of our forums, and lets casual users get help with plant IDs and basic questions. But the quality and quantity of subscribers-only perks still make it worth their while to subscribe.
celia
Cleveland, OH
(Zone 5b)

January 30, 2008
4:31 PM

Post #4473736

Public
dguimo
Pioneer, CA

January 30, 2008
5:23 PM

Post #4473947

Last Summer I gave up on growing worms in a bin and put them all in one of my compost bins (I have learned what my problem was, so I'll try again this year) I now have Thousands of worms and they are surviving very well, even with the severe weather we're having.During a wind storm the top blew off of the bin and everything inside seemed to be frozen, and they are still fine! What amazing little creatures! I love my worms. My only problem is going to be separating the castings from the worms next Spring. I have a screen that I use for sifting my compost and I can use that--- it's going to take forever, I don't want to hurt the worms.I have continued feeding them with my compost material this Winter and they are still devouring it!
Azalea
Jonesboro, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 30, 2008
5:27 PM

Post #4473969

I have mine in my compost tumbler too - I don't worry about separating the castings, just leave it all mixed up, makes great compost.
margaran
(Maggie) Jacksonvill, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 30, 2008
8:14 PM

Post #4474571

You can try throwing a bunch of bananas/apples in several onion (mesh) bags and when theyy're good and full of worms, move them to their new home. Using this method, you should be able to get most of them out over about a month.

Maggie

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


January 30, 2008
8:18 PM

Post #4474593

Pssst: the new forum is here: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/f/wrigglers/all/
dguimo
Pioneer, CA

January 30, 2008
10:03 PM

Post #4475040

Thanks Margaran, the reason I try to separate is to use the compost and castings and not put the worms in my soil-- is it true that red worms will most likely not live in soil?
fieldsems
Paris, TN

January 31, 2008
3:55 AM

Post #4476702

I agree with Margaran we need the public
garden_mermaid
San Francisco Bay Ar, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 31, 2008
5:06 AM

Post #4476985

Thanks Terry!

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


January 31, 2008
1:58 PM

Post #4477778

You're very welcome - I did the easy part, now I can watch y'all do the "heavy lifting" - creating interesting new threads and posts!!!

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

January 31, 2008
9:09 PM

Post #4479511

Thanks, Terry. And, not that it matters anymore -- PUBLIC!

You cannot post until you register and login.


Other Vermicomposting Threads you might be interested in:

SubjectThread StarterRepliesLast Post
vermicomposting margaran 214 May 2, 2008 1:26 PM
Vermicomposting-2 margaran 92 Feb 15, 2008 2:36 AM
Welcome to the new Vermicomposting forum! Terry 16 Jul 21, 2013 6:32 PM
wrigglers? kooger 19 Jul 16, 2008 2:59 AM
separating worms margaran 25 Feb 24, 2008 3:56 PM


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