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Well, my first blog fizzled out with the cool days of autumn but had not been forgotten. While I would have loved giving daily updates or even weekly updates it just wasn't as exciting when I sat down to write. Well, we can start with an update I suppose......

A month ago I actually used the remnants of my first compost. I planted 10 Coral Snap Hybrid trees and used the compost to provide some additional nutrients as well as assist with moisture control. I am pleased to report that the growth rate has been phenomenal.. I can't say the compost has increased the speed at which it has grown but I am assuming it has. A friend of mine planted his trees (15) around the same time as I did and I don't believe his have as much growth. Then again, the only information I have is a "guess-ta-ment" in which he used his fingers to portray the amount of growth......

So now that I am finished with round number 1, I have decided upon a new venture. I am going to begin a second compost but this time I am using worms. I have done much research and everyone who has any authority (by authority I mean a web page :D) suggest to steer clear of the common earth worm and tend to favor the red wigglers. I found many places willing to sell me some worms for a nice chunk of change but I don't really trust ordering any worms from an internet website. I did happen to find someone in Indianapolis who sells these worms but with my crazy work schedule it is nearly impossible to head over his way..... I could have continued to procrastinate but I chose not to.

I have spent the last few evenings in the back yard in search of the elusive manure worm. After 2 nights I am happy to report I have amassed about a dozen of these little workers. While I haven't built my actual worm bin, I do have a makeshift bin which I have added some grass clippings, soil, newspaper and good ole veggie scraps. against the advice of the experts (those with websites), I have included a few earthworms. Worst case scenario is death of an earthworm but the best case would be that they survive. Provided they survive I believe my veggie scraps will break down faster as the common earthworm has the jaw power I would equate to my wife's (sorry gorgeous :D) when she gets in one of those moods to "talk".....

Unlike the last post, I will not promise a follow up or pictures any time soon but a follow up is promised.....

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Comment by Adam Spurlock on July 30, 2010 at 11:12pm
Here are a few pictures I have taken...... I have a ton of journal entries but I will spare the details. My bin is approx. 3.5 ft x 3x 3. I have been adding ALL of my yard waste to this since I began this years blog as well as shredded paper and kitchen waste.

More to follow.....
Comment by Adam Spurlock on June 13, 2010 at 10:48am
Well, today I plan on picking up 1 pound of red wigglers for my worm composting project which I have already started using some red wigglers I happen to have found in the back yard :D It has been a full week and they are thriving!

The bin and contents:

Blue plastic bin from Walmart with lid (Small holes have been drilled in the top for ventilation and moisture capture)

Bedding consists of cardboard which was broken down into small sections approximately 2 inches by 3 to 4 inches. I then wet is down and wrung it out like you would a sponge.

Once the cardboard was in place, I added some grass clippings and other yards waste, kitchen scraps (no protein, milk based products or greasy foods) and some good quality decomposed yard waste from previous compost as well as a couple hand fulls of dirt.

I have found and added approximately 2 dozen red wigglers and check on them daily. I have since added come more damp cardboard to provide more moisture.

Once I add the worms tonight, I will increase the input of waste substantially. Once I have it complete I will upload some pictures. My goal is to keep a weekly journal of its progress!

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