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Composting worms

Postby carolynW » Thu, 05 Mar 2009 6:14 pm

I know where to get this commercially but they are really quite expensive here, wondering if anyone has excess worms from their worm bins that they want to sell or get rid off?

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Postby wangwow88 » Thu, 23 Apr 2009 11:54 am

HI Can i know how many grams of this composting worms do u need (African night crawler or tiger worm? ) and the price range u are looking for? Let me know as I have some excess available too :)

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Postby carolynW » Thu, 23 Apr 2009 5:58 pm

Hmm I have two bins, not sure which specie is better for composting, from what I know the tiger is better.

Let me do some research I may take a glob of each specie. The max I will like to pay is S$10.

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Postby wangwow88 » Mon, 27 Apr 2009 2:21 pm

Sigh... I started my worms a few months back and place the worm bin in the kitchen. Just yest I left them in the patio with partial shade and today when I reach home last friday, they were "cooked" I do not have much live worms now. Think I have to start all over again with the surving ones.
Just like to check out with u, Did u get the worm bins from commercial company or its a DIY? I like the Can "O" worm bin that has different layers and a tap to collect worm tea.

I been trying to use different food to feed them, realised that they like composted stuff. They do not like anything thats fresh. So its not like what website says of throwing in yr kitchen waste but rather it must be composted for a while before dumping in.

Are u keeping any worms as of now? Yes Tiger worm works better as they do not tend to escape out from their bedding.

carolynW wrote:Hmm I have two bins, not sure which specie is better for composting, from what I know the tiger is better.

Let me do some research I may take a glob of each specie. The max I will like to pay is S$10.

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Postby carolynW » Fri, 01 May 2009 9:42 am

Singapore is a very hot place, I suggest you put them in a very shaded and cool area. I have a can-o-worm bin and also a worm farm bin, when in S. Africa i had an old bath tub that i used for composting with worms as well as building crates for a worm farm (with a teen orphanage as a project).

I will be getting some worms fm a friend's bin, seems the conditions here are quite different, very damp and the worms are not doing well in her bin, will see how they survive in mine. She put lots of shredded newspapers and we got a load of horse poo (on a month they were not dewormed) to boost the worms "happiness".

In SA I put all sorts of peels etc with no problem. I don't suggest putting it in the kitchen as there are other decomposting buddies of the worms (like fruit flies and other bugs - but all good bugs). As your bin is are low on worms, don't overfeed them, if you want to pamper them a bit you can grind all the food down for this initial period, till they get stabilised and start reproducing more worms again!

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Postby wangwow88 » Thu, 07 May 2009 11:11 am

I reckon in S.A, you might be using the Eisenia vermicomposting worm as they do better in cooler climates. In Sg, they sell the Perionyx which are more suitable for SG climate but theyare more active and nomadic and tend to escape from their bins.

Hmmnn I wonder must the horse poo be composted first before feeding the worms?? I got some chicken poo, fresh as well as those in pellet form. I heard worms love poo but I do not know if it should be composted.

I am also trying to make my own compost putting in layers of different woody and greens as well as goat and chicken poo as activator . C:N ratio of 1:3. But it doesn't seems to get heated up. Have u tried making yr own compost in SG yet?

I try to get as organic as possible as I do grow a lot edibles and herbs. Nothing beats yr own home grown food! haha

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Postby carolynW » Fri, 08 May 2009 11:09 am

Oh I agree with you, home grown stuff is so much better!

I have a "fancy smancy" composter... it was a gift in SA, its called tumbleweed, I see there is a supplier here, if you google it, you can see a picture, you need about 75% grass clippings and it does get hot enough here, place in full sun, 3 weeks later I get nice compost. I toss in the citrus stuff that can't go in the worm bins.

I am going to build a compost heap area for a friend who lives in a black and white, I found metal wire recently and bought 3 meters to form a structure to layer the stuff to put in. Full sun too should do the trick, along with layering the stuff that is to be added, with an emphasis on more grass clippings, sometimes may need to water it down too if too dry (esp leaves). Tossing in manure, dog poo, etc is great.

Oh btw, becareful with manure and worms, if the animal was dewormed recently you may kill your whole worm society. As to whether you need to age or compost the manure first, they say usually better because of the deworming or other meds the animals are given. I don't though, a bit of a risk ...

I have found soil conditions quite bad here... need to go thru reconditioning of soil. Also the Movers did not pack my collapsible 3m x 3m x 0.3m gardening / vege boxes (was so mad and now sad!) as I am trying to find something equivalent before digging up the garden.

My first batch of veges (at my friends home) don't look great, the soil still needs work.

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Postby HappyGuy77 » Fri, 22 Jan 2010 5:48 pm

humm, i know this is kinda old thread, but found this here when i search under worm farms.

We do have shops here, planning to sell can-of-worm, and high quality Compost for your gardens. They use tiger worms which are native to singapore.

avg price for worms I can find online, are usually $30 USD for 1/2 Kg / 500 grams.

are there many house hold starting can-of-worms ?

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Postby Hever » Mon, 08 Feb 2010 5:57 pm

Hello!

I am interested in a can-o-worms, do you know where I can get one?

Thanks

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Postby HappyGuy77 » Mon, 08 Feb 2010 7:09 pm

Hi Heather,

you can try calling this office Tel No. +65 6256 7631 to ask,
they do sell tiger worms for singapore market.

there might be some other shops selling, but need to find them

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Postby carolynW » Mon, 15 Feb 2010 7:25 pm

I wasn't too happy wiht the Can-o-worms distributor here who refused to sell me worms for my unit, which I did not buy in Singapore. I got worms off a friend.

I also got a fine recently for mosquito larvae breeding in the worm tea that drips out of the unit, so for those who have a worm farm... do take note.

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Postby tccs » Wed, 25 Aug 2010 12:20 am

Hey,

I bought my worm composting system from Daniel too! He is a really great seller. From what I know, he has two systems. You guys can call him to find out more.

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Postby carolynW » Wed, 01 Sep 2010 6:28 pm

I just got a nice supply of baby radishes and soon veges as well from just fertilising with my worm tea and poo, am so pleased!


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