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worm bin questions

in Organics Sat Feb 01, 2014 5:43 pm
by shortbus | 253 Posts | 1304 Points

i've been wanting to produce my own casting for a while now. i don't have any local places that sell fresh castings, and i am in need all the time.

- if i start my own bin what can i expect as far as time frame and yield?
- how large a bin do i need to be self sufficient?
- if i do it indoors will i need to install an exhaust system to control odor?


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RE: worm bin questions

in Organics Sat Feb 01, 2014 5:57 pm
by pcduck (deleted)
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your first 2 questions depend on how many you start with and how much food you feed them.

I have a 5 tier worm bin, took about a year to really get them going strong, But I do not feed them as much as I should. Mine will give me enough for teas and some amending of containers, but not enough to make a new batch of soil(55gal).

If fed right there is no smell.

Nothing like fresh worm casing for making teas


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RE: worm bin questions

in Organics Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:05 pm
by shortbus | 253 Posts | 1304 Points

how large would you say the bin is? just need a reference that way i can think of a way to incorporate it into my setup


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RE: worm bin questions

in Organics Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:13 pm
by pcduck (deleted)
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5 bins at 20"x20"x7"

My bins stack so it is like a perpetual grow. Every 30+ days or so you have a finished bin. This depends on how many and how much you feed them


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RE: worm bin questions

in Organics Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:17 pm
by shortbus | 253 Posts | 1304 Points

good i was hoping it would be fairly small. i was expecting a 5 stacked 2'x6' tables or something. i can deff fit 2x2 in the small space i was allocated by the wife lol


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RE: worm bin questions

in Organics Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:17 pm
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Is this for your TLO grow method?


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RE: worm bin questions

in Organics Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:19 pm
by shortbus | 253 Posts | 1304 Points

Quote: pcduck wrote in post #6
Is this for your TLO grow method?



yup, i like to mix castings globally in my soil as well, but i feel as though my needs are far less then yours quantity-wise


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RE: worm bin questions

in Organics Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:19 pm
by pcduck (deleted)
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They also sell extra bins so you can go as High as ya want, but they start getting heavy pretty quick.


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RE: worm bin questions

in Organics Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:19 pm
by shortbus | 253 Posts | 1304 Points

whats the worm count on your setup?


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RE: worm bin questions

in Organics Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:22 pm
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My bins allow me to layer plenty of casing in my containers. They will not give me enough to amend a soil turnover, I usually buy a bag when re-amending.


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RE: worm bin questions

in Organics Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:25 pm
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Quote: shortbus wrote in post #9
whats the worm count on your setup?


I started with 1000.

Worms will fluctuate depending on how much you feed them and at what temps they are stored. They reproduce fast but will slow down also to make sure there is not an over population.

During the summer and fall when I feed heavy I problaly have 7000 to 10,000 worms if not more. During Spring and Winter the count goes way down as I do not feed heavy.


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RE: worm bin questions

in Organics Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:27 pm
by shortbus | 253 Posts | 1304 Points

Quote: pcduck wrote in post #10
My bins allow me to layer plenty of casing in my containers. They will not give me enough to amend a soil turnover, I usually buy a bag when re-amending.



if you mix 55gal of soil, then i'm 100% sure a bin = to yours will be more then enough to cover my needs. i buy only 2 bags of FFOF every 3 months.


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RE: worm bin questions

in Organics Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:30 pm
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It should and it feels good to recycle.

I feed my male plants to mine. The male plants already have the nutes in it that Mj loves the worms make them available again


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RE: worm bin questions

in Organics Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:31 pm
by shortbus | 253 Posts | 1304 Points

aight i'm hooked. going to go google some of the home based products out there and see if i can do it cheaper myself :-)


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RE: worm bin questions

in Organics Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:33 pm
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Plenty of DIY's out there...Just remember they get heavy when full.

They also make them out of totes.


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RE: worm bin questions

in Organics Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:36 pm
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Quote: shortbus wrote in post #14
aight i'm hooked. going to go google some of the home based products out there and see if i can do it cheaper myself :-)



You will be hook, line, and sinker when you have separate bins for your N-P-K


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RE: worm bin questions

in Organics Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:10 pm
by Melvan | 492 Posts | 2234 Points
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RE: worm bin questions

in Organics Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:22 pm
by The Hemp Goddess | 281 Posts | 1083 Points

I have a small stacking unit called Can-O-worms that I really like. If they are maintained properly, there is absolutely no smell. Home made units are harder to make smell free. I have to have mine in the house in the winter, so I need something you cannot smell at all.


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RE: worm bin questions

in Organics Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:26 pm
by Weedhopper | 1.200 Posts | 3987 Points

My Granpa use to raise Night Crawlers. He took old freezers laid on thier backs for boxes. He filled them with soil ,bunch of crawlers and fed them all kinds of stuff. but man did he have allot of those things. He sold them for bait to PPL who fished the Lakes and Red River close to his place.


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RE: worm bin questions

in Organics Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:38 pm
by Weedhopper | 1.200 Posts | 3987 Points

Nice DIY Melvin. Thanks


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RE: worm bin questions

in Organics Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:12 pm
by orangesunshine | 803 Posts | 3182 Points

i raised worms for castings and tea for a while in a diy setup---pretty cool if u stay on top of it---lot of fun if u got a little one around to help

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RE: worm bin questions

in Organics Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:40 am
by shortbus | 253 Posts | 1304 Points

Quote: pcduck wrote in post #16
[quote=shortbus|p6770]
You will be hook, line, and sinker when you have separate bins for your N-P-K



please elaborate


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RE: worm bin questions

in Organics Sun Feb 02, 2014 5:30 am
by pcduck (deleted)
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Having 3 worm bins. One for N, one for P and one for K.


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