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Jbest
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SFG core samples

Today, I took a core sample from one of my SFGing beds. I will have to get some feedback from the vermicompost folks to see if the worms can make that much casings that fast. The photos are in my journal.
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When did the worms set up housekeeping in your SFG?

They've done excellent work in mine, but they've been there since April or May of last year. OTOH, the worms in my BioStack bin made worm castings so intense that I excavated over 3 cubic feet of solid, wormless CLAY-like castings on Monday. I last turned the compost in August, so they had 6 or 7 months to work.

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Hi cynthia_h, the beds were constructed and filled with 100% home made compost with HM the fall of 2007.

John
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Looked at the photos. This certainly could be worm castings; it looks almost like what I excavated Monday. I had to insert a trowel and take scrapes off of the sidewall of my excavation until I worked my way out to recognizable compost again.

That stuff was like clay.

Since your worms have had much longer to work, it's likely that what you have there is worm castings as well.

Wow. You might have to take some OUT of the SFG... :o

Good work!

Cynthia



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