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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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December 29, 2010 - 2:50 pm

I am really interested in finding a person who has bought a WORM FARM that has several layers and is about $100.00.  I made one from RUBBER-MAID TOTES, about $10.00 total.  It is a bit messy, but still the same outcome WORM POOP and WORM LIQUID.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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January 29, 2011 - 6:26 am

It has been about 3 months of worm farming in my basement and I need to harvest the worm castings (poop).  About a month ago I stopped putting fresh food in this bin and started a new worm bin.  Plastic gloves on, I pick out any large pieces of undigested food and newpaper and throw it into the new bin. I scoop out the castings and put them on a sheet of plastic on the floor, picking out any worms I see and throwing them into the new worm bin. Forming little piles (a small mound about the size of two of my hands) until all the castings are spread out onto the plastic sheet. Now go through the mounds looking for worms. The worms naturally want to go to the bottom of the mounds, since they do not like light. I keep doing this process until I get tired of doing it or there are no more worms.Smile I then put these castings in a bucket until Spring (there might be some baby worms you missed, but no big deal they will just be fertilizer) or until a nice day when I can spread them out on a screen sieve I made for drying and pushing the casting through a screen to make a finer texture of castings. Now I have a newly started worm bin. If you are feeding your worm correctly, there shouldn't be much liquid in the bottom bin. If there is liquid your need to add more shreadded newspaper to your worm farm. It took me a LONG time to get this right. If there is liquid, I just bottled it up and used it for WORM TEA. If you are a serious gardener or if you want to be the KOOLEST Grammy ever (my Grandkids LOVE the worm farm) start WORM FARMING. It is easy and the worms are quite forgiving.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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April 27, 2011 - 6:01 am

TRY IT...YOU'LL LIKE!  Make it a priority, worm farming.  Now is the PERFECT time to start one. You can have it outside and if you find that it is soooooo worth it, continue and bring one inside (new clean one) for the Winter.  I promise that your gardens will LOVE it.Wink

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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May 17, 2011 - 6:13 pm

FINALLY, I did a video on worm farming. Check it out under my videos. Please excuse how fast I talked, but I knew I only had ten mintues (I have an old digital camera) and I was afraid I would forget something important…which I did.  I forgot to explain why the tray under the tote? Well it is to catch whatever liquid leaks out the bottom.  A good worm farm SHOULD NOT have alot of liquid…that would mean that the worm bin is way to wet and you should add more shreadded newspaper. Why do I know this?  Because I had muck instead of worm farm. I spent the last 2 years watching ALOT of YouTube videos and tried to use some information from people who seem to know what they are doing. I spent the Winter researching making WORM TEA and I think I finally got it right and will make a video of the process. I will update the worm farm video and also make a video of HARVESTING worm casting…which is alittle YUCKY and time consuming. It is a good project for kids in scouts or 4H.  DON'T I LOOK GLAMOROUS?Cool

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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DeniseH
upper east TN zone 6
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May 18, 2011 - 9:06 pm

Lark, you do look really GLAMOROUS!! I just seen your video on worm farming and thought it was great! I told my husband about it and he looked at me like I was crazyLaugh I told him if I try this he can't use the worms for fishing ha ha! He also told me I wouldn't have to buy any worms that I could go outside at night after it rains real good with a flashlight and catch all the nightcrawler's that I would need. ( I have really done this for fishing! ) I will keep watching for your next video and check out YouTube. I know this took time out of your busy schedule. Thanks for info!

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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May 19, 2011 - 6:05 am

Denise, I am glad you liked it and hope you do try it.  But nightcrawlers will not work. You need RED WIGGLERS which can be bought at bait shops. You can find them in the soil in some areas, like mine where I have a bog/loam area. Boy you have really been working hard in the garden. It will pay off in a little while. I am so happy that we don't get that HOT & DRY weather. When we do get heat  (global warming) the gardens look yucky and I get so tired.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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GardenLiv
Hodges, SC - Zone 7B
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May 20, 2011 - 7:45 pm

Lark - watched your video tonight with my daughter.   You make it look so simple.  I think we'll be buying some rubbermaid containers and heading to the bait shop soon.  Looking forward to the next step in worm farming!  I appreciate you sharing all of your experience with us.  I can only imagine how many (more) mistakes I would have made in gardening so far had it not been for useful advice from you and my other online gardening friends.  You have saved me a lot of wasted time and money.  Thanks guys!

Hodges, SC zone 7b

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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July 8, 2011 - 2:12 pm

Check out my updated VIDEO on my RED WIGGLER WORM FARM.  Come on you guys...start a WORM FARM. It is sooooooooo super for the plants. My veggie garden LOVES the worm poop. Great recycling to teach the kids. PLEASE let me know if you are WORM FARMING. It is so Cool. LOL

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Brenda
SW Indiana zone 6a
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July 8, 2011 - 2:33 pm

great video!! I have many of those big plasitc bins up above my garage, I will have to dig a couple of them out! Do you have any holes drilled on the bottom? It doesn't get too hot inside? I would hate to bake the poor little guys when I try thisFrown

"Gardening is a way to show that you believe in tomorrow"

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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July 8, 2011 - 2:58 pm

Brenda, you need to watch the FIRST video, LARK'S RED WIGGLER WORM FARM-CHEAP & EASY. Click on Lark's Videos in the upper right hand corner, next to FORUM. It will bring up all my videos. Wink

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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