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Vermicomposting for begginers

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 23:41

Hi again.

At the beginning of this week I had a total worm collapse with my recycle green worm boxes. They all died.

I normally keep them uncovered in a cold garden shed with sun light but i decided to cover the top of them with a black plastic sack to speed things up (in the dark)

It worked but it also kept the moisture in and all the pot worms and red wigglers came to the top in a big sea of worm slime. They hate sunlight remember. Unfortunately the black bag cover also trapped in all the obnoxious gasses and it was this that killed the bins. 

I thought I could speed things up but mother nature said no!

Anyhow I have just dug out my larger worm bin that was started in April from scratch with worms when it was very wet and very cold. Take a look.

That is about 1.5 to 2 foot of the best worm compost. 

What I did find that is undigested and a very nice purple colour is this and to be honest I do not have a clue what it is. It's like a mould.

Can any of you help me with is ID please. (its like a root or stem but the worms won't touch it ???

I bet it makes the most fantastic dye.

Anyone know what this mould or colouring is as it is a quite beautiful vibrant colour and has been buried deep for 3 month but the worms will not touch it.

I'm stumped.

Kind regards.


Last edited: 18 June 2016 23:45:29

Unidentified bugs-what are they?

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 22:36

Hi mmbforrester and Ladybird4.

I do not think they are shield bugs/ stink bugs as they have a very specific shield pattern (as adults), The shell is easily to distinguished.

Until you can get us a closer image then they can only be small hedgehogs from the borrowers???

Your bugs are in the pupa or larva stage unfortunately and I do not know if it is helpful to plants or not?

What is the plant????


Posted: 18/06/2016 at 22:20

Hi flowerpower15

Beetroot is at it best when it's about GOLF BALL to TANGERINE size. It needs leaf to get to this size so, please protect the leaf from bugs and predators.

Please eat about a cup full, along with a apple and carrot every day!

Pests can be a problem for all 3 items, especially now the chemical controls have been banned but that is a good thing and they are no longer poisoning us. 

What could be worse than finding a worm in your apple or carrot?

Perhaps half a one? 

Chemical free, obviously.

Neighbours Ivy damaged fences severely

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 01:19

No, unfortunately this is too common these days. Laurajaynew86.  There is no easy way out.

The Ivy will not rot you fence! Your rotten fence is due to it getting old and rotting. That is it. Time for a new fence, unfortunately.

(sorry if that sounded harsh as it was not intended to sound that way.)

Be forceful and stick to your guns. Know the law and state it to your neighbours. Record as much as you can.

If the police have already been involved then I don't hold out hope for a amicable outcome but you can stick to the law and that should get you through.

P.S. The law can be a ass and will not always be on your side.

Good luck with this.

Gardening Crafters

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 00:56

Hi Pat E.

Hope things are well for you down there, I've been thinking about you.  (sorry could not find the forkers thread)  I'm off to bed now so hope to catch you early in the morning or late at night for you!



Last edited: 14 June 2016 00:56:45

Forum changes now live

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 00:43

Any chance we can use the search facility and find out when a user name was last used, rather than just getting a highlighted reference within a thread or am I just missing something?

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 02:45

Nothing new ever happens by doing things the same way. Rules have to be changed/broken to discover new things. You will just let the years pass and then it's too late then to gain anything.

That's my bit.

The end.

Cat deterrent

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 02:36

Hi Sheps.

Your 3 huge cat litter trays look fantastic. Well done. They should go on the Pallet thread. (if appropriate)

I read through a bit of the above posts and lost interest about halfway through (there are so many threads on this (another £1 to Hosta).  I did see the spiky things and hope they work. I have only found 2 solutions to this problem one is old cut rose stems with the pricks. You just lay them down on the soil ower the bead so it stops them squatting. The other is called a Contech(other versions available?) ScareCrow Motion Activated Animal Deterrent and used a hosepipe and a sensor. 

It looks like this.

That's me barred again Ha!

Vermicomposting for begginers

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 02:11

Hello aym280.

Sorry for the late reply. I've been away.

Not sure I like you calling me "Young man"  but if you do not mind me calling you "Hun " Then we will get on.

Sorry to read about your past experience with  bought compost from shops. We all have it (just ask on here. the stuff they are selling is toxic!)  

Bought compost is peat with added chemicals.  That is it!

It varies from council waste that you (pay to) give to them, then heat treated  and nutrients added, then sold back to you. Basically what you compost in your own garden, should be. ( you do compost your own???) good enough.

Worm poo, or vermicompost is too rich to use in one go. It will actually stunt growth if used neat. It is a soil amendment and growth enzyme helper to help promote stronger plants growth and resistance to attack through bacterial/fungal attack and other growth diseases. It even stops insect attack.


You will have to mix 40% worm compost to 60% of your own sterile top soil / compost to get best results. 

Please take your time and read through the whole thread I supplied, above on hear and then ask me any other further questions you like hun.

I will answer any and all your questions, if you still do not understand after that.  

Kind regards


Last edited: 12 June 2016 02:13:24

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 02:04

Hi again Pat E.


Are you now going into Autumn or Winter? 

The extremes of temp, between day and night must be a huge problem. I had never thought of this, with you down there. 

Hope things are well.

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