I did it...I made a flow through bin!

karendee(5WestOFChicago)May 9, 2010

Now I just need worms. I have some decaying food in there and lots and lots of paper and cardboard!!

I used an old kitchen trash can and some plastic stakes I had from some broken garden mister/sprinklers. All was free so far!

Now I need to add the worms but I am scard I might kill them!!!

The bin has layers of paper then my mix of stuff I have been collecting for almost 2 weeks.

The collection has

Paper

Old bannanas

Egg shells

some dirt

Grass

Mint and oregano leaves

a tiny bit of UCG

Tea bags and tea leaves

tp tubes shredded

avacado peelings

old lettuce (which is gone)

then cardboard on top

I keep worrying I may kill the little guys if I add them.

Is there a sure way to keep them alive? Maybe I need to take out some food? Or if I wait till all is very rotten will that be ok?

Oh I am so scared to order those worms!!

Karen

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sbryce_gw

One thing they may not have told you about flow throughs...

I don't know anything about your design, but the composting chamber in a flow through bin needs to be about 24 inches deep, or you will have worms in the VC that you harvest.

Other than that, you seem to be off to a good start. How deep is your bedding?

    Bookmark   May 9, 2010 at 10:20PM
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mendopete

It sounds like you have prepared the bed well! I am sure any worm would be proud and happy to live in your bin. Avacado peels take a LONG time to break down and could plug up a flow-thru? Happy Wormin'.

Pete

    Bookmark   May 9, 2010 at 11:50PM
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karendee(5WestOFChicago)

I think I have about 2 inches of shredded paper then maybe 10 inches of a mix of paper and the food scraps, dirt, leaves etc. then a cardboard topper.

I thought avocado may take a while so I just put a few peelings. The rest I threw in the garden.

I have the room for 24+ inches but don't have 24 inches of stuff in the bin now.

I also have some old seed starting soil I need to dispose of and may add that to the bin instead of the trash.

Thanks for the advice and encouragement. I was worried to buy worms!

I think I am getting one pound from these people plus some vermicompost bedding (it costs a couple extra $ for the vc)
http://www.greenmountainsoil.com/buyworms.html

Karen

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.greenmountainsoil.com/buyworms.html

    Bookmark   May 10, 2010 at 8:54AM
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karendee(5WestOFChicago)

I also ordered worms from www.triplegwormfarm.com

I did not make the shipping cut off deadline so they may not ship till next monday. This is ok with me because it will give my worm materials time to rot some more.

YEAH, I have new pets! :)

I plan to put the flow through in the basement because the home owners association does not allow any trash cans outside visible :(

Karen

    Bookmark   May 10, 2010 at 10:25AM
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karendee(5WestOFChicago)

Looks like the worms will ship Tues. SO I will have them by friday.

I sure hope my bin is ready enough! I have lots and lots of paper and cardboard so I think they will be happy.

I also made a mushy banana, egg shell and apple puree. I dumped that in the middle and covered with paper.

I am still nervous about the worms surviving though

    Bookmark   May 10, 2010 at 7:34PM
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rookie09

Relax. You'll do fine. What I do is put them in a corner of the bin with all of their compost (don't spread them out), cover with bedding and turn a light on and walk away. You've created home base for them until they figure out that the bin is now home. Check the outside and basin whenever the urge strikes but no peeking for at least a couple of days. After a couple of days start peeking, poking and inevitably over feeding -- it happens :-) When the fruit flies come, stop feeding, add more bedding and wait a week. Rinse and repeat.

Keith

    Bookmark   May 10, 2010 at 8:15PM
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karendee(5WestOFChicago)

Thanks Keith! I will add the guys in the corner. I have lots of paper on top and might just pull some of it back them lay them under in the corner.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2010 at 9:03PM
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karendee(5WestOFChicago)

Thanks Keith! I will add the guys in the corner. I have lots of paper on top and might just pull some of it back them lay them under in the corner.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2010 at 10:02PM
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