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 Post subject: Re: Compost Worms
PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:12 pm 
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Whats the Best place to source some compost worms???

Good VairityS?? Need to get some for my Bin that has been decomposing for a month now, lots of layers of bedding, scraps, rabbit poo & Straw..... sand, leaves all sorts!!!

very nicly layered so i think its time to get some in there now and give it a good workout,


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 Post subject: Re: Compost Worms
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:53 am 
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Looking at ways to get rid of cardboard boxes from work.
Current idea is to place a large volume of cardboard in a barrel with molasses, fish poo. Fill it up with water and bubble it away like compost tea. The bacteria would grow and the bubbles may help break up the cardboard. After a week or so, it could be added to the worm beds.

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 Post subject: Re: Compost Worms
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:43 pm 
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Put 3 boxes through a small wood chipper today. Not the best but it did break them up. Topped off the worm farms with it and fish poo. Any one have a petrol chipper that they could throw a few boxes through. I get 60+ boxes a week that I have to get rid of. If a petrol chipper could make short work of them and I can add enough fish poo and molasses I could build up a big worm farm and bury my garden in worm castings.

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 Post subject: Re: Compost Worms
PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:32 pm 
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Just won the bid on a 15hp Wood chipper. I think it should be able to break up the cardboard. :hello:
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/DUCAR-15HP-C ... 397wt_1135

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 Post subject: Re: Compost Worms
PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 3:34 pm 
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How did it go Duff?

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 Post subject: Re: Compost Worms
PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:14 pm 
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gnash wrote:
How did it go Duff?



Turned up today. Just putting it together. Will be making a big mess tomorrow. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Compost Worms
PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2011 1:29 pm 
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Petrol wood chippers work great for breaking up cardboard. And if you have some green waste you can mix it in as you chip. I used some arrowroot.

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 Post subject: Re: Compost Worms
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How come you pour the water through, wouldnt that be too wet for the worms?

I have just been spraying some fish water in there when i remember.


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 Post subject: Re: Compost Worms
PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:50 pm 
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How come you pour the water through, wouldnt that be too wet for the worms?

I have just been spraying some fish water in there when i remember.


I usually just add fish poo. The water + sugar and o2 was to get the bacteria to grow faster. The compost worms feed on the bacteria. So if that can be increased then the worms should grow and do there jobs faster.

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 Post subject: Re: Compost Worms
PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:32 pm 
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zman wrote:
How come you pour the water through, wouldnt that be too wet for the worms?

I have just been spraying some fish water in there when i remember.


No idea why but my worms were so much happier last summer as soon as I started doing it every few days (and I got lots of worm tea. Over winter I don't do it as the rain does it for me.


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 Post subject: Re: Compost Worms
PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:33 am 
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I filled my worm bins to the top with cardboard and fish poo a while ago, then forgot about it. Was looking for a spot to throw some melon skin so I opened one of the bins to see if there was any room now. The top section had 60mm of castings and a lot of happy worms. All the cardboard was gone. Checked the other bins and they have only castings left. Today I will have to fill them back up again. They seem to like the cardboard and fish poo.

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 Post subject: Re: Compost Worms
PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 1:35 pm 
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Well I've put a few loads of cardboard and fish poo through the worm bins and they turned it into castings very quickly. Now I'm looking at building a larger worm bin. Any ideas for the best larger scale worm bins.

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 Post subject: Re: Compost Worms
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I use wooden missile shipping crates.


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 Post subject: Re: Compost Worms
PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:58 am 
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Working out what size flow-thru bin to built. A small wheelie bin or something that will need a winch to move a cutting bar.

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 Post subject: Re: Compost Worms
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I'd like to move to flow through style bins but can't work up something big enough to suit my wants. Post pictures if you come up with something. What are you using for a bin now?


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