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Featured Customer Question – Dr. Luis

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Hey Jerry I wanted to thank you for the great red wigglers that i received. They are very efficient and seem to be doing their job quite nicely.  I had a quick question. I am now filtering my first batch after I got the red wigglers and getting some great soil but I was wondering what you use to filter the leaves from the soil and also how you seperate the worms and their eggs/coccons from the soil. Any help would be appreciated it.

thanks
Dr Luis

Hi Dr. Luis,

You are very welcome. Sounds like everything is going well for you.

If you still have a lot of leaves in there, it is not yet time to harvest. If I remember correctly, you haven’t had your worms for that long. If that is true, you will not yet have that many castings built up yet. Keep the worms alive and they will do what they do…eat, poop, breed. More worms means faster breakdown into castings and your leaves will “Disappear” over time.

It sounds like you are excited to use your castings. That’s great. You could always just pull out a couple of handfuls of castings to feed your plants. If you want to do a full harvest, you will need to wait until the worms break down the leaves…or, unless you plan on getting into the casting business, there is no real reason to filter out the leaves. They are just organic material and will not cause any harm. They just don’t “LOOK” as pretty as finished castings.

Multiple ways to get the worms out of their castings. You can push everything to one side and put some rotting vegetation covered with fresh bedding on the other. The worms will come to the food. Another way is to dump the contents of your bin outside in the light on a tarp. Make several piles and walk away for 30 minutes. When you come back out, most of your worms will be at the bottom of those piles in an attempt to get away from the light.

Forget about trying to screen the cocoons…it’s a losing battle without a commercial harvester with special screens. Not a big deal because you will accumulate more worms than you had anyway.

Just remember, worms are like ants. You will lose several hundred (Or drive yourself NUTS trying to salvage them all), but you will have gained several thousand. Not a bad trade off.

SECRETS of The Worm Inn Revealed

Friday, June 4th, 2010

I just received this picture from one of my high volume resellers. She spray paints her stands black.  Although the stands look great in white, they look fantastic painted black.

The Worm Inn continues to sell extremely well.   As sales have increased, so have comments and questions. I’d like to take this opportunity to address some of the most common comments and questions.

Comment #1 – The Worm Inn is much larger than I expected.

This is the most common comment that I receive.  It’s obvious that the pictures on my website have not done this great system justice.  Many people think this is a small unit, and therefore will not process much waste.  Although The Worm Inn only takes up an 18″ x 18″ footprint (Fits anywhere), it can process a LARGE AMOUNT  of food waste.  Unlike plastic systems that greatly  limit the amount of produce scraps that you can process at any one time, The Worm Inn can handle as much as you want to put inside.    This makes The Worm Inn the first Worry Free Worm Composting System.

Comment #2 – The Worm Inn is constructed VERY WELL

The Worm Inn is a heavy duty commercial composting system.  Although plastic bins are subject to cracking, chipping, and/or  legs falling off,  The Worm Inn is constructed to last for years.  With over 500 Worm Inns sold since the beginning of this year,  I’ve not received a single comment about a unit not holding up.  Not one!  The Worm Inn is actually overbuilt by design.    Although you can find cheap imitations made out of  cheap fabric  and not intended to last,  The Worm Inn is built out of the highest quality backpack material available and it’s straps are made of high quality Polypropylene.   It’s built to last!

Common Question #1 – Why don’t you send out Instructions with The Worm Inn?

All customers that purchase a Worm Inn direct from me receive a confirmation email letting them  know when their unit is being shipped,  along with a link for INNstructions at www.TheWormInn.com  I’ve considered sending INNstructions with each unit, and could easily do so, but aren’t we supposed to be conserving valuable resources?  Why waste paper when the INNstructions are available with a simple mouse click?  I may waiver and ship INNstructions sometime down the road, but isn’t it better to save a tree?

Common Question #2 – Why aren’t the INNstructions more detailed?

The INNstructions are basic because The Worm Inn solves the most common problems regarding raising worms. 

Too many produce scraps killed my worms – Not a problem for The Worm Inn.  If it fits, it feeds!    The amount of scraps you can feed worms is directly related to the amount of air flow in the system. Because plastic does not breathe and creates a constant muddy environment, you will always face this challenge when feeding worms in a plastic bin.  With The Worm Inn you have no silly plastic bin restrictions such as,”Only add a handful of scraps to avoid overfeeding”. 

When stuffing The Worm Inn, just leave room to cover the scraps under a nice thick layer of bedding.  The thicker the better!  Flying bugs like uncovered scraps regardless of the system. 

Too much water killed my worms – You cannot overwater The Worm Inn!!!!!   It’s dummy proof!  In fact, you can water The Worm Inn right through it’s mesh top using a garden hose.   You don’t even need to unzip the unit to water it.  Excess water just runs through the system.  Keep a bucket underneath to catch the runoff, and you have some nice bacteria laden leachate that didn’t have time to go anaerobic!

Pages and pages of  “Problem solving” instructions are not necessary when you no longer need to worry about overfeeding and overwatering!     

 Common Question #3 – How do you keep the bedding on top  from drying out?

You can’t…but you don’t need to!  Flying bugs look for two things.  A food source, and moisture.  By keeping a nice thick top layer of dry bedding, you make the environment less hospitable for flying bugs!  The “SWEET SPOT” of The Worm Inn (Where the rotting food is in the middle of your damp bedding) will be loaded with worms happily eating away.  Additionally, the air flow will keep your worms more active than you are used to seeing.  Worms get very sluggish trying to traverse the mud in a plastic bin.

If you’ve never raised worms before because you thought it was too difficult,  Try The Worm Inn!

If you’ve tried unsuccessfully to raise worms in the past, try The Worm Inn!  

If you are tired of throwing your excess produce scraps in the compost pile because you know you can’t put them all in your muddy plastic worm bin, try The Worm Inn!

The Worm Inn is DIFFERENT – It’s solved the common problems associated with raising worms!

Are You SERIOUS About Composting?

Monday, March 8th, 2010

If you have not realized it yet, I am the Manufacturer of the Award Winning Composting System, The Worm Inn.   I was not the designer of this innovative system, but I was smart enough to realize what a great system this is.  So in December of 2009, I bought the company from it’s inventor, Robyn Crispe.

The Worm Inn will soon be sold through distributors around the world.  I’m currently working with a UK Distributor, and have been in negotiations with distributors from other countries.   The Worm Inn sets the standard for Home/School composting.  Most composting systems can handle a pound or two of scraps for a pound or two of worms.  The Worm Inn is different.  Because of it’s unique breathable design, it can do the job of several conventional systems.

Because of  The Worm Inn’s unique breathable design, your food waste is less apt to go anaerobic, so you don’t worry about creating a sewer just because you need the worms to process a little more than normal. 

There is no comparison between a conventional plastic bin and The Worm Inn.  If you are SERIOUS about waste reduction, The Worm Inn is what you want.

Watch these series of YouTube Videos produced by Bentley at http://WWW.RedWormComposting.Com   In typical Bentley style, he’s just having fun filling the bin to the max.  He’s shown feeding a small amount of worms 15 POUNDS OF SCRAPS, with the caveat, DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.  If you tried this in a plastic bin, you would create a sewer in less than a week…killing all of your worms, and giving your spouse the perfect excuse to grant you a divorce! 😉

It gets better.  The next week, BENTLEY ADDED 10 MORE POUNDS OF SCRAPS TO THE WORM INN.  If this doesnt mean anything to you, you have never raised worms.  I’ve never seen, nor heard of anyone doing anything like Bentley has done.  The AMAZING thing about this is….his Worms are doing GREAT!

POUND FOR POUND, THE WORM INN IS ABSOLUTELY THE MOST EFFICIENT HOME/SCHOOL COMMERCIAL PROCESSING UNIT AVAILABLE.  NO OTHER SYSTEM COMES CLOSE .

Have fun watching these three videos:

 

 

 

Introducing The Next Generation of Home Worm Farming…The Worm Inn!

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

 

The Worm Inn - 5 Minute,  No Bend, No Stoop Stand Optional

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*The Worm Inn as shown on an Optional 5 Minute- No Bend, No stoop Stand.

INTRODUCING THE NEXT GENERATION OF HOME WORM FARMING…THE AWARD WINNING, THE WORM INN!

Why is The Worm Inn better than traditional Home Worm Composting Systems?

If you have ever used a rubbermaid tub as a worm bin, you know there are definite limitations.  Plastic does not breathe well, making it difficult to keep your worm bedding damp,  yet not muddy.

The Worm Inn is a true flow thru processor  –  Worms, bedding,  and scraps go in the  top… crumbly castings come out the bottom. 

No more time  consuming harvests.  Simply release the toggles when you’re ready to harvest.   Collecting your flakey castings is automatic.

The Worm Inn is made out of breathable,  yet extraordinarily durable material.   The same material used in high end backpacks.

Air flow is a  key component for healthy worms.  The Worm Inn is the most Breathable continuous flow composting system available.

Air flow is the  key to avoiding “Stinky Worm Bin Syndrome”.  The Worm Inn’s breathable construction helps to avoid anaerobic bacteria growth.

The Worm Inn can fit almost anywhere.   With a footprint of only 18″ x 18″,  The Worm Inn processes LOTS of scraps, yet easily fits in a laundy room, a closet, a garage, even a classroom.

The Worm Inn easily fits on a laundry hamper stand, the back of a door, or build a 5 Minute Custom No bend, No stoop stand.

Available in 6 Colors and Patterns – Unlike unslightly black bins, The Worm Inn Looks GREAT!

Cut List and instructions for a 5 minute, Custom No Bend, No  Stoop Frame – available with purchase.

The Worm Inn is available here:  http://www.thewormdude.com/products-page/worm-bins/

For more information and to see the complete Worm Inn Lineup, go to WWW.TheWormInn.Com

Featured Customer Question – Dorie F.

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Hi Jerry,
We bought the Wriggly Wranch in March and the worms (From you) at one of the San Jose
Composting events. My worms did great up until this last week from all the
rains and the worms were all dead in the bottom tray with ALOT of water. The
bin is under the eves of our house. I want to try them again, how can I
prevent this from happening again.
Thanks

Hi Dorie,

Easy. Make sure you have plenty of drainage in your bin, or shelter the top of your bin so you don’t get so much rain coming in. Fortunately, we don’t normally get rain like this past week! As you have experienced, worms like it damp, but they rot in standing water.

Two other things you can do. Keep the spigot open at all times. That way, excess water drains freely from the base. Problem is, most people have a lot
of muck in the base, thus clogging the spigot.

To keep the spigot from clogging, I would suggest keeping a piece of weedstop (black mesh landscapers put under rocks) in the bottom tray that makes contact with the base. Not only will this help keep worms out of the base, but it will reduce the amount of “Mud” in the base, thus helping the spigot stay clear.

Glad you want to get back in the saddle again. Just chalk this up to a learning experience.

Let’s Experiment – Worms vs. Lettuce II

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

WARNING: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. MOST ROTTING FOOD SCRAPS WITHOUT ANY BEDDING WILL KILL YOUR WORMS.

Hi Everyone,

5 days later, the worms appear to be fine in the lettuce without any bedding at all. As expected, most of them are hovered in the decomposing portions. It will be interesting to see how mucky their castings come out.

You need to be very careful with the scraps you feed your worms. Lettuce is almost all water, and doesn’t break down into vinegar. Most fruit and vegetables will not react the same way.

I’ll be watching the worms a little closer over the coming days. If the lettuce gets too watery and begins to turn the bin into a bath, I’ll do something to soak up the excess moisture.

Featured Customer Questions – Ginny

Friday, July 10th, 2009

I went fishing and used nightcrawlers as bait. I have like seven or eight
worms left. MY fridge is too cold for them, i have been told by other sites.
Can i put them in my garden. I am an animal freak and i hate to put them
somewhere they will die so please answer soon! 🙂
-Ginny

 

Hi Ginny,

“Nightcrawlers” is a name without a solid definition.  Basically it just means a large worm.

I need more information before I can answer your question as some nightcrawlers require refrigeration, others live in compost, others live in dirt.   Are these worms pinkish or grey?  About how large are they?

“Nightcrawler” Basics:

Canadian Nightcrawlers – HUGE worms, Great for fishing, require refrigeration.  

European Nightcrawlers/African Nightcrawlers – Both are composters.  Both are Amazing fishing worms and Great for composting!  No refrigeration needed….just keep in your garage or outside in the shade.

Alabama Jumpers – Amazingly strong worms.  Great for aerating your Soil.  Even heavy clay!

7 Reasons to LOVE European Nightcrawlers

Saturday, January 10th, 2009


Have you tried European Nightcrawlers? If not, you are missing a treat!
1) Euro’s are very good Composting Worms! Excellent for recycling your scraps.
2) Euro’s large size makes harvesting a breeze!
3) Euro’s have a nice thick skin. They are a VERY durable worm.
4) Euro’s are VERY prolific. Everytime I look in the bedding, I find hundreds of cocoons.
5) Euro’s are great fishing worms. Just the right size for a large Catfish, Trout, or Bass.
6) Euro’s can be mixed in with other composting worms.
7) Euro’s are easy to get as big and fat as your little finger.

Want to have some fun? Order a batch of Euro’s today!

The Potential for Worms!

Friday, December 26th, 2008

It’s always refreshing to see people excited about the potential applications for using worms to solve real world problems! A college student/customer, and genuinely nice guy(Nathan), came to me for advice on a college project he was working on. Here is a transcript of our emails:

As I was talking about over the phone I have an Environmental Energy assignment where I have to analyze a conservation measurement used in my household. I am going to measure petroleum energy saved by reducing my trash poundage through worm composting, but in order to do that I need to measure the worms’ food supply poundage to their castings poundage. In other words the “x” amount of raw table scraps given to the “y” number of worms to produce “z” amount of worm dung. I would normally count the worms in my bin, weigh the initial bedding material, weigh the food input, and finally weigh the castings output over a period, but I only have a week+ to do this project.

Thanks for bringing up the water usage issue. It didn’t even register that I would have to weigh that consumption against my overall conservation in petro. I will note my water usage this next week.

The pictures above are actually from an Earth Day Demonstration that Nathan had put together!

Nathan, if you are reading this, please share your findings and your professors comments on your project.

I would also love to hear about any additional “Wormy” projects you are working on.

Some of the solutions to our environmental problems may indeed be….just under our feet!

Support School Worm Composting-Teaching Children about Vermiculture

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

Are you a concerned parent or grandparent that wants to help educate children about recycling with Redworms?

Do you donate money to charity, but never get to see the benefits of your donation?

You deserve better!

Make a donation to the “Support A School Program”.

This program was developed to help teachers instruct students on the benefits of recycling with Red Wiggler Worms, without the out of pocket expenses that teacher’s often are forced to incur.

This 3 tiered program allows you to sponsor the school of your choice, and/or the teacher of your choice with private instruction on raising redworms and materials.

Program available in all 48 contiguous states.

Make a donation, see the results!

http://www.thewormdude.com/products-page/sponsor-a-school-program/