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Post  has55 on 4/7/2016, 2:21 am

I didn't want to wait untill tomorrow to make my vermicomposting tea, so I harvested the vermicompost tonight from my vermicomposting bucket. 

does anyone have a easy way to separate the worms from the vermicompost? 
Tonight, I just spread it out on a flat plastic sheet to collect the worms for transfer back to the vericomposting bucket.


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Post  sanderson on 4/7/2016, 2:51 am

Your vermicompost is a nice consistency, mine is rather wet!

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Post  trolleydriver on 4/7/2016, 11:54 am

@has55 wrote:does anyone have a easy way to separate the worms from the vermicompost? 

Some people use light. The worms do not like light and will move away from it.  Here is one example. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6h3N8OIQYM

Note ... I do not do vermicomposting so this is just from my own research on the Internet.

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Post  has55 on 4/7/2016, 12:12 pm

Tthank you trolleydriver, 
I separated the worms last night with just the room light. I'm in the that worm group, but had SFG forum on the brain when I posted. That video gave me a better understanding of what I did last night using a upside down garden seed tray cover. 
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Post  has55 on 4/7/2016, 12:17 pm

@sanderson wrote:Your vermicompost is a nice consistency, mine is rather wet!  
I usually add some azomite or something dry like coffee grounds to my wet material such as carrot pulp,etc...It seems to keep the wetness down. I need to go to Bently's red worm composting site to brush up on technique.
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Post  has55 on 4/10/2016, 3:39 am

During this SFG journey with the vermicomposting bucket, I've learned I could lift it out of the SFG bed for harvesting and to separate the cocoons and worms. Today, a light bulb thought came to me during planting of tomatoes. In the teaming with microbes book, they recommended adding compost or vermicompost to the planting hole, just like it was written in the SFG book. I have the vermicomposting buckets within the garden beds approx. every 4 ft to 6ft, depending on the length of the bed. I was able to remove the lid, reach into the bucket and voila!, place it directly in the planting hole without going for external fertilizers. I was able to transferred some worms into bed , add the mycorrhiza  fungi, Epsom and put in the tomato plant without carrying a bunch of baggage.

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Post  has55 on 4/21/2016, 5:52 pm

I forgot to add the pictures to the above post.




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Post  has55 on 4/22/2016, 9:08 am

I'm almost to the point where all I all need to do in the garden is prepare the soil,plant, minimal to scant weeding, harvest and easy clean up. 
The vermicomposting buckets have been extremely helpful with clean up, I'm learning more and more uses for them.
Now I'm chopping the old leaves in the garden beds and adding small amount water into the vitamix , blend it , then walk out to the vermicomposting buckets to pour it in. In this liquid state the worms and able to quickly break it down and create that worm poop quickly..I'm doing this with my kitchen scrapes too. I got the idea from the "one yard revolution" channel on youtube.

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Post  sanderson on 4/22/2016, 3:17 pm

Has, What program do you have where you can write and draw arrows on your photos? Do you have a Windows?

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Post  has55 on 4/23/2016, 2:54 am

@sanderson wrote:Has,  What program do you have where you can write and draw arrows on your photos?  Do you have a Windows?
No, I have a 2007 iMac in my pretend mancave. My DW keeps bringing things into it.  I use the "preview" program to annotate text, arrows, lines, color, etc... on the photos, usually right after I take a picture with my iPhone . It comes with the iMac program. It also allows me to open in "preview" any pdf files I view on the internet, then annotate or for better reading experience.

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Post  has55 on 5/29/2016, 10:43 am

One of my vermicomposting bucket went anaerobic after I put in two quart of liquid vegetables that I create by blending it in my vitamix. It was too much, not enough air. This occurred about 3 weeks ago, We kept smelling something like death, but couldn't track it down, After watching this podcast, I realized where the smell came from and how to fix it. I have to examine the bucket for worms, It has dried out and I see fungi pathways. I'm going to put this video in the microbes thread also.


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Post  yolos on 5/29/2016, 2:26 pm

I just got thru watching that last video.  It was Verrrrry long but had a lot of information and also went in depth explaining certain areas of making a thermal compost pile..  Good part about moisture.  Also good info about Vermicasting.  

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Post  has55 on 5/29/2016, 4:12 pm

I went in today to pull out that particular VGB(Vermicomposting Garden Bucket) as Dr. Ingham said in the podcast, but found a pleasant surprise. When I pulled the contents out, the bottom 6 inches was full of worm, but the top 1/2" to 1 inch" had soldier worms. So I removed them and I'm not going to feed for a few days to deterred development  of  any soldier fly. Also , I going to slow down the feeding to the pattern discussed on the urban composting podcast. I had not had any problems with adding my carrot pulp directly into the VGB's, but decided to change up the feeding technique to avoid setbacks.
The soldier worm os something else. I found these videos on red wiggler composting website.



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Post  sanderson on 5/30/2016, 3:13 am

I saw those a couple years ago. BS Fly larva are fascinating and so noisy when they eat.  I sometimes get them in the free range worm box with juicy produce.  No harm.  They eat, hatch and fly away.

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Post  has55 on 5/31/2016, 11:46 pm

@sanderson wrote:I saw those a couple years ago.  BS Fly larva are fascinating and so noisy when they eat.  I sometimes get them in the free range worm box with juicy produce.  No harm.  They eat, hatch and fly away.
good to know, they fly away.

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