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Worm bin euphoria

taking a tour of the garden with worm bin highlights

Some friends who were hiking the Appalachian Trail dropped by today for a visit and a tour of the garden.

Shannon and Dawn are the folks who have been sharing their meat rabbit adventures in the form of Tuesday guest posts. manure with worms really makes Anna that happy.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Rad! That's a rad smile of Anna's. I love to see folks so passionate about their endeavors.
Comment by mitsy Sun Nov 4 17:43:28 2012
If you happened to count how many buckets it took to fill that thing it would make a great contest ... guess how many buckets of horse manure it took to fill this bin and win a prize!
Comment by Heath Sun Nov 4 20:34:05 2012
I like the look on Dawn's face - sort of quizzical undecided.
Comment by John Mon Nov 5 00:46:19 2012

Great smile!
I know you said you let the manure age before putting in the worms, so how do You keep them from freezing over winter? We've got ( or, I should say I'VE got, because hubby doesn't touch it) a vermicompost pile, and then I bought more worms and have them in the spare bedroom (ha!) because they would freeze in an enclosure . Just wondering how you keep yours outside and alive?

Comment by Deb Tue Nov 6 00:28:20 2012
Deb --- When overwintering worms, it's all about mass. Our bins are eight feet by four feet by a bit over one foot, and that's enough that the worms can migrate into the center and not freeze for the winter. (At least it worked last winter.) That said, in colder climates, some folks choose to sink worm bins into the ground for the winter, which is an even better bet.
Comment by anna Tue Nov 6 07:38:56 2012
Thanks... That is a big worm bin! I'm thinking of building a bin under the rabbitry next year which might allow them to stat outside but still contained. There's a big fishing trade up here and I am hoping to build enough stock to sell worms as bait at the little country store!
Comment by Deb Tue Nov 6 09:38:43 2012
Yes John, my sort of quizzical undecided look, was my thinking about our rabbit manure and what would be best for harvesting worms to transfer into our garden beds, if would be better to build a worm box, or let the worms make there own beds under the rabbit hutch, then as we add the manure to the beds, the worms would go with the manure to the beds? Still thinking, what would be best.
Comment by Dawn Tue Nov 6 22:13:36 2012

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