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    RiveroftheWest, gmoke

    We avoided feeding our worms excess meat, bones, a lot of bread/grains, citrus, and anything with a lot of grease/oil (we don't produce a lot of that anyway). While it is possible to feed composting worms these foods, they can either take too long to decompose (citrus) and begin feeding worms, or they are highly attractive to rodents and other creatures.

    So while it is possible, we chose to separate the foods. I would always throw citrus into the garden, put it under some mulch or something. With bread, our dogs like bread and if we have "too much" we'll make another meal with it. Last resort would be giving the goldfish in our small pools a treat.

    It would be interesting to try a few things with bones/egg shells that I've read about- one is with vinegar and boiling the solution to make a very smelly fertilizer. Other people have enough organic materials on hand to build appropriate sized hot-compost piles and have had excellent results composting bones that way, but if you don't do it properly raccoons and  other creatures may think you are giving them a treat.

    Here is a link to an Introduction to Permaculture course taught at NC State. It is a few years old now, but the only "bad" thing about it- Microsoft's Silverlight. PITA if you have Linux. There is a guest lecture on vermicomposting halfway down the list.

    •  Eggshells and Bones (1+ / 0-)
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      I crush my eggshells and throw them on my garden soil.  Used to take the chicken bones from the soup and grind them up in a hand grinder and add them to the garden soil but I've gotten lazy in my old age and now just throw the bones in the garbage.

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      by gmoke on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 12:39:27 PM PST

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    •  We have a city yardwaste/ kitchen scrap bin (0+ / 0-)

      so things like citrus and meat goes in there, along with bulk garden waste like tree prunings.  Smaller, easier to eat stuff goes into the worm bin.  

      Seattle is pretty fun in regards to household trash.

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      by mothnflame on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 07:41:12 PM PST

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