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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.