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How can I encourage my indoor vermicomposting bin to produce more dirt?

I have an indoor vermicomposting bin. It has served me well for 3 years. Since the bin is indoors, and I live in a small apartment, I'm fairly cautious with feeing the worms. I don't want to overwhelm ...
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Can I fertilize my plants after putting pesticide?

I have a problem with my plants; they have mealybugs, aphids and fungi. Tonight I sprayed them with agricultural pesticide, also cutting the infected branches and even exterminated some plants. I ...
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Vermicompost cockroaches

I have a nice garden which I have made using vermicompost. Plus I have used cow dung manure. I get a lot of flying cockroaches in that. How to get rid of this.
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How to properly pick worms?

I am not sure if this will fit here or on lifehacks.SE. I have an African night crawler escaping from my vermicompost bin and it's really hard to pick them up carefully without hurting them. Things ...
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Do I need to turn over the soil when vermicomposting?

In most of the websites they say that I need to maintain a good airflow in my worm bin to prevent making it anaerobic, but most websites only says that I need to have a good worm beddings and enough ...
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Composting Bin - Experiences

I am very much in favor of getting a composting bin (like the one below). Before I do that, I want to get your thoughts on the following: Does it attract unwanted pests/rodents (bugs, mice, etc.)? ...
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What kind of dust can I use in my vermicompost?

I'm using african nightcrawler worm and I've been thinking whether all kinds of dust can be put in vermicompost. For example: Household dust Dust when I cleaned my laptop, computer or electric fan. ...
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What are the foods that I can put in my vermicompost?

I just got yesterday my worm compost and I am so happy about that. My question is what are the foods that I should and shouldn't put in my vermicompost? I've done my research and in general they say ...
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Is it safe to put animal manure on vermicompost?

I've searched already regarding this topic, it seeem that in this question the OP is not using worms. In this article it states that Don’t feed the worms pet waste or any “hot” manure. “Hot” ...
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Gathering worms for vermicomposting

In my area it is very hard to buy a worm that is a good fit for vermicomposting. There is a vacant lot in my area and I am thinking if gathering worms there might be a good idea? Questions: Is it ...
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Can I put scratch paper on my vermicompost?

I have lots of scratch paper here and am wondering if I should put it in my vermicompost or just throw it away. Would it be dangerous for worms? Will the soil benefit from it? As for the type of ...
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How deep to start my vermicomposter and how many worms to start?

I'm asking a few questions in getting my vermicomposter started. I'm using a 100gal Rubbermaid horse water tank. I'd like to know how deep the bedding should be when I start it and how many worms I ...
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How many air holes for 100gal vermicomposter?

I'm fixing to start my vermicomposter. I'm using a damage 100gal Rubbermaid horse water tank. I'd like to know how many and of what sized hole to drill in the side for air. I figured maybe use a ...
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Measuring soil and compost for NPK

Folks, I'm trying to measure soil and compost for use in home gardening of vegetables and herbs. My goal is to use compost primarily, and augment it as necessary. The compost is mostly vermicompost, ...
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How do I turn a plastic stock tank into a vermicomposter?

We have a Rubbermaid, plastic stock-tank. It has an unfixable crack in it and we've been saving it incase we could find a future use for it. I've just started getting into composting and I plan to ...
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What is the radius of a red wriggler earthworm for worm tubes?

I'm researching putting a worm tube in my fruit-tree orchard as per this article but before I do so I'm trying to find out what radius the red wrigglers (the worm type I plan on using) will travel ...
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Compost bins: how deep is too deep?

We have two compost bins, roughly 1m x 1m x 1m each. We fill the "primary" bin and then turn it into the "secondary" bin. We stopped catching our lawn clippings about a year ago so we're having to ...
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Is it beneficial to drop earthworms or red wrigglers into container plants?

Maybe it isn't worth much in smaller containers but at what size might this become beneficial? How many worms? Would I need to layer the bottom with additional food for them to eat? Would what the ...
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Is it possible to have an odorless/near odorless indoor vermicompost?

Is it possible to have an odorless/near odorless indoor vermicompost system? Somewhere in the range of 3-7 gallons. What about purposing something like this on the scale of 65 gallons? Does size ...
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Can I use vermicomposting leachate to moisturize my worm bin?

I have a two container vermicomposting system with the bottom container having a tap to drain the leachate. I think I am maintaining my worm bin correctly as material feels damp but I cannot wring any ...
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Which is preferred: worm castings or worm casting tea?

I was just wondering, for fast results in plants, which would you prefer: applying worm castings on the top soil or using worm casting tea, and why?
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What's the best C:N ratio when vermicomposting?

I know that for 'regular' composting without worms you need a carbon-nitrogen ratio of something between 25:1 and 30:1. Is the same true for vermicomposting? I'm not sure if it matters, but I'm using ...
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Meshed-hole Direct Composting design - please comment, suggest changes, advise

I've been putting some worms in my raised beds and feeding them the fresher kitchen scraps. I'm starting to run out of spots to place the food, so for the next bed I build I want to put in ...
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Which inks which can safely be added to vermicompost bins?

I've heard that the inks used on newsprint are generally soy-based and thus suitable for use in vermicomposting bedding. Presumably the ink used to mark corrugated cardboard boxes is also safe, since ...
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What is the risk of soil contamination via leaf mulch/compost?

Soil in the city I live in is quite often contaminated with nasty things like arsenic and lead. Levels are sometimes twice or more what's considered acceptable. For this reason, people usually ...
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Wormery failure in mass worm die-off … any advice?

Last fall our household of two people invested in a small, 3-tiered, commercially-available wormery that came with all components (bedding, lime, worms). All seemed to be going well until we brought ...
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How do I keep red wiggler worms alive overwinter in the Northeastern USA?

I'm going to be moving into my first house soon in Westchester County, NY. I've done a lot of container and patio/balcony gardening and am looking forward to having a real backyard garden. I want to ...