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Subject: Does anyone else vermicompost?
Date Posted: 1/5/2009 11:00 AM ET
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Does anyone else use worms to help compost?

We do, and love it, but I'm always interested to hear how others do it.

Subject: vermicompost
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 11:24 AM ET
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yes I do.  I have two indoor bins for the last 3 years that are very successful.  I made an outdoor bin last May, so the jury is still out on that one.  This is it's first winter!  We have a moderate climate here compared to most, so I thought I would try it.  I also got chickens to help with the food scraps.  now I need a dog! 

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 9:53 PM ET
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Ooh, we have chickens to.  They are so much fun to watch!

Date Posted: 1/8/2009 2:53 AM ET
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Chickens and dogs for composting? Huh?

Subject: does anyone vermicompost?
Date Posted: 1/8/2009 11:26 AM ET
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I hate having food scraps that go to waste.  Since I can't feed the worms or the compost bin nor chickens meat/fat scraps, I would love to have a dog again who would gobble that stuff up.   I would just leave it out, knowing something would eat it, but I am afraid I will attract predators that could hurt my chickens.   I have had issues with hawks already...horrible horrible situation.  I am hoping for a livestock guard dog to come along needing a good home...no hurry, the right one will come along I'm sure. 

Back to the topic of worms, I just rinsed the bottom bins and saved the tea in big jugs I saved from my green tea binge!  I don't buy it anymore due to the #7 plastic they package it in...I am ready for spring, winter makes me lazy...jane in NC

Date Posted: 1/8/2009 11:37 AM ET
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you have to be careful about what scraps you feed dogs.  most are ok but you don't want to give them chicken or pork bones (they splinter) and of course onions, grapes and chocolate are also no-no's for dogs

Date Posted: 1/9/2009 10:35 AM ET
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I've been into worm composting since I learned about it in Guatemala...in the 90's.  I've done classes with kids to make smaller bins, sort of like taking care of pets.  I've wanted but still have on my wish list an actual worm bin...for the convenience and reliability.  Do you all have homemade or bought worm bins?  Which do you prefer?