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TEXANConnectionJuly 12, 2014

Im intrested in more of a commercial set up ,and have read so many books and videos as of late, looks like several ways to go about it. This is my first try. 4 55 gallon drums cut in half. started with leaves and peat moss and a good supply of rabbit manure. The barrels have drains I catch the worm tea in and that's working out very well. i have been adding veg scraps and they make short time of that. started with 6000 red wigglers. I have been able to keep them going doing well for a month now.
A few hrs ago I put some shredded un-composted veggies and buried them in a cple bins. BUT I did something interesting, I washed out the bucket with the pulp and poured it in one bin, they were all over it in about 30 minutes.
I have recently acquired 2 large square bales of alfalfa hay, and am shredding it to start a compost pile, mixed with manure. i think it may make a good bed for next year when I out grow the barrels. i also have access to mushroom compost cheap by the truck load, Has anyone used it?

i am very intrested in experienced wormers giving me what ever advice you might offer.

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You seem to be doing very well. Just a couple of comments.

Manure mixed with alfalfa is going to be high in N. You will want to mix it with something high in C before you compost it.

Conventional wisdom on mushroom compost says that by the time the mushrooms are done with it, there is little in it left for the worms. I would start with a smaller amount and see how the worms respond before committing to truckloads.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 9:01PM
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Thank you, understanding that now, and this helped as well,

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 6:44PM
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it seems rotting hay is a good C ingredient, and I have access to some old very rotten wheat straw.
pictured is my pile of rotting alfafa hay. small shredded pile to the left, is already heating up nicely (think I will outgrow this chipper/shredder soon) . larger pile is about 6 ft high.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 6:58PM
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Please note: leachete is not tea.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 12:10AM
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First time on THIS forum. I am new to this and I have had my bin for about 1 month. I have seen the word "leachate" a number of times. What is it?

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 12:03PM
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"First time on THIS forum. I am new to this and I have had my bin for about 1 month. I have seen the word "leachate" a number of times. What is it?"

Mainly dirty water. Just excess water that runs thru the bin contents. It "leaches" some things from the bin....mainly color....and is worthy of tossing on plants because it probably has some minute qualities of the things it leaches thru.


    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 6:01PM
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Please note: worm tea is not leachate. Leachate is most often but not always a waste product. Worm tea is a living product of a mixture of micro organisms which are oxygen needing. Thus it can not be purchased in a container which has been sealed for more than a tiny amount of time. Worm tea is brewed in non chlorinated water with air over hours or days. Worm tea is made not from Leachate but from worm castings. Exempted from this is the one, two or three on this forum who harvests their beds with water harvesting methods. Something different than molding rotting exfood dripping leachate.

Welcome. Nice first post. I hope you have the rabbits the rabbit manure came from. That will make the whole worm thing way easier.

My issue is vermicompost is heavy. I think it is heavier than the system supports are designed for.

On the other hand the building you are vermicomposting in seems way nice. Lucky worms.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 9:07PM
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If I had a million dollars, I'd do a commercial setup like this: Form an LLC, buy a paper shredding truck, get contracts with local businesses to destroy their old paper documents (carbon bedding source that you get paid to collect with the added bonus of collecting old hard drives for high grade aluminum, small amounts of platinum and paladium and rare earth magnets), buy a garbage truck, get contracts to haul food waste from local grocery stores/restaurants etc (food source you get paid to collect) Then get several open top dumpsters to make your vermicompost and buy a Bobcat with all sorts of attachments to mix the stuff up and scoop it and dig holes and take off some sweet jumps.
I haven't quite figured out the packaging and marketing thing, but if you have a friend with a white lab coat and frizzy hair, he can say he's a scientist and go around to stores and garden extravaganzas saying the stuff if black gold that will miraculously make your vegetables grow.
Then I'd buy an airplane and put a hot tub in it.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 10:06AM
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thanks for the answer to what is leachate. Now I know !

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 5:20PM
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we are doing rabbits as well. but it wont be enough to support the whole thing. I found a local horse manure supply as well. the barrel set up is just the nursery till i get enough breed to do bins.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 9:57AM
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I have rabbits too. Had two this winter and all of the sudden I have 21, well 20 since I ate one for supper. I've just been adding the rabbit manure right to the garden without feeding it to the worms.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 3:11PM
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this is my hot steaming pile of future worm bedding. horse manure and the alfalfa hay . the little pile in the back is the same except I shredded that hay. had a inch of rain on it so its heating up nicely.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 1:25PM
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happy bunny corral

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 1:27PM
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