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Ronnie Ugulano

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I found folks using clear nail polish, antibiotic cream or coconut oil.  They coat the post. . .surgical-grade stainless steel for the earring wires, posts, and findings.

I tried all of these. None of them worked. Thus the plastic.
2 weeks ago
I had to have my ears pierced 3 times (same hole) because all of the earrings we tried made my ears itchy, swollen and runny. It was a mess. In high school, my mom pierced my ears the old fashioned way, with a needle with several strands of thread and a potato. Yep, that was fun. I wore thread "earrings" for more than a year, just to make sure that they wouldn't close. Once the hole stayed open, I became expert in changing the thread (about once a week) and soaking my ears and thread earrings in alcohol every day.

But the problem remained. Any earrings with metal, and my ears became a mess in 2 hours. It wasn't until I married that I stumbled upon a solution. Plastic french hooks. We had a make-cheap-jewelry store in our town, and they stocked both plastic french hooks and the backs of earrings. My husband got to be very good at retrofitting any earrings that I liked so I could wear them. Eventually, the jewelry store closed, but I still have a bunch of french hooks. I don't know where I can buy them now, but if necessary, I suppose the wide world of the web will help me to find some more.
2 weeks ago
I have walking onions in my back yard. They are easy to grow, and I really like them. I started out with only a single one, gotten at a college farmer's market, and let it reproduce for a few years before using them. They're kind of hot--spicy, but good!
2 months ago
I've found success adding some dry milk to the warm milk before adding the culture. This thickens up the final product nicely.
3 months ago
What you use as a worm farm can differ on various needs. You mentioned you don't want it to be too big. What will you be composting with your worms and what kind of volume? Weeds? Brush? Kitchen leftovers? Knowing that will help you to know not only what is "too big", but also what would be "big enough".

I have an old bathtub and a couple of 9" x 18" x 36" cement mixing trays. I can compost an awful lot with that space, but currently, I'm rebuilding my worm herd after a significant loss. When my worm populations gets to where it was, I will have many, many hundred thousand worms, and they'll eat it all up in short time. The bathtub came out of a bathroom remodel, and the two cement mixing trays were cheap at the farm supply.

Stacking trays such as used in Can-O-Worms or Worm Factory will save you space, and each tray is about 5-6". With one of those, you can add trays to accommodate whatever you throw at it, as long as you have the worms to keep up. But Both Can-O-Worms & Worm Factory are not cheap, unless you get them second hand.

In either case, once the worms have been at it, they will break it all down to small spaces (the original trash compactors), and you refill and do it again and again, until the bins/trays/whatever fill up. But if you're talking processing all the weeds, dead fruit/veggies/stems from a 1/2 acre garden, you'll want at least a couple of Cans-O-Worms, or Worm Factories. For me, that would mean probably another bathtub to go with what I have to give me very generous room at the end of a summer harvest, but by the time spring comes back around there would be room to do it all over again - assuming you have the worms to care for it.
4 months ago

Is vermiculture a viable way to dispose of this bedding?



Yes. Not in a pit, but using worms to dispose of your pet's used bedding is a good idea. We raised pet rats for years, and routinely dumped the used bedding. The worms like regular inputs, and it's easy to start with a small system using what you have.

See: http://homeschool.priswell.com/rats/ratcomp.htm

You can enclose it all in a small bin, but I prefer keeping it outside in a shaded corner. Once the worms multiply to how much you put in, it will be like a never filling pile. You'll add something, and after a while, the pile won't grow any more, or just barely.
4 months ago
I'm not on a homestead, but I do end up with cooking fats that I certainly don't want to go down the drain. I have a few strategies.

I may find a place away from foot traffic in a corner of a garden, and pour the grease there on the ground. The local bacteria will eventually take care of it.

Another option is to collect and freeze it. During the winter, I may plop a glop of the fat in an area where the birds frequent, and they will nibble it down over the course of a few days. Some people tuck the fat into a pine cone and hang it up in a tree. Fat is hard to get in the winter, and they'll be happy to get it. The cold keeps it solid, or nearly so, and noticeable to the birds.

My other strategy is to either pour or glop a chunk of the fat in a corner of my worm bin, buried a few inches down to discourage smells. Yes, worms will eat the fat. Worms will eat nearly anything biodegradable. I put it in a corner so that they can go get it if they want, and stay away if they don't. Also, being limited to a corner, they can lead in mouth first and back away if they want to keep the fat off of their bodies.
4 months ago
I'm an INTJ. People that know me and are aware of the Myers-Briggs methods will say "Duh" after they know me a while.
4 months ago
Another Linux user here. All of the computers on my network are Ubuntu Linux.
I use shredded coconut shells for vermicomposting (redworm composting) bin filler. . .as already noted it lasts a long time. Shredded, it still lasts 2-3 years.
7 months ago