Worm bin notes: Death of a roach

Update 7 for bins 2 & 3.  Bin 2 is looking good.  No foul odors.  Looks like there is a notable amount of waste left in here than in bin 3.  This is indicating I need to move more worms from bin 3 over.  The difference is clear to see.  Moisture level seems good.  I’ll need to add more cardboard soon.  Better add some sand next feed time.

Bin 3 is working like a well oiled machine.  It’s unimaginable how much they can change the landscape inside the bin.  Somehow they move half a mango to make it look like it’s sinking into the soil.  Totally amazed by that.  Seems like there are more of the white dot and skinny bugs in bin 2 than in this bin.  Maybe they’re subsoil when the waste gets that low.  I can see them move in and out of the soil when I watch them.  Mostly I see them on top.  No foul odors.

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Last post I mentioned roaches.  Thought it was going to be a big hassle to find it.  Wow was I wrong.  As I was moving the cardboard out of the bin the roach ended up in my hand.  At first I didn’t know it was there because it was in the gloved hand.  I then noticed something kind of squishy.  Thinking it was a small pile of worm bunched up I quickly looked where my fingers sensing the difference.

It was the roach, or a new one.  I was in disbelieve it was that easy.  Couldn’t have planned that in a million years.  Once I realized my luck I threw it on the floor and killed it.  The cats sitting there supervising me.  Hope that was all of them.  -13

Video Update 7 Below

Worm bin notes: They aren’t alone

Update 5, bin 1.  Amazing progress.  There are worms everywhere in that bin.  I thought they would be concentrated in the thicker soil under all the food waste I’ve been feeding.   What a surprise to find then in numbers under the decaying grass introduced last week.  They all look healthy.  The roly poly are also doing well I could see many smaller ones running around in there indicating reproduction.  They might overrun the bin.  If they do I let them loose on my yard compost pile.  It is an experiment.

When I lifted part of a mango I found another unidentified insect alongside the worms.  Was able to get a close up on video.  It looked like something I’ve seen when pulling bark off a rotting tree.  Maybe I’ll be able to figure out what it is.  Guessing it was in the soil that the worms were in when I introduced them to the bin.

Can’t remember if I was going to start putting waste on the thinner soil side this soon.  After seeing the number of worms under the grass I will.  Start building it up.  Couldn’t be more fascinated by this bin and it’s progression.   The distribution and number of worms, rapidly reproducing roly polys and a new species.  Added strawberries, sprayed a good rain to keep the moisture up seemed a little dry in there.  The hard part at this point is knowing how much waste to put in without creating a stinking mess.  Don’t want to over do it.  -13

Video Update 5 Below

New 256GB Flash = more videos posted

Nearly out of storage space on the computer I use to edit videos, I stopped.  Importing new material and editing.  That was months ago.  The footage comes in faster than I can edit sometimes then it gets behind.  An average of 75 videos each day, five days a week.  It can be overwhelming.

As happened in recent times.  A fantastic combination of an injury, pain and no time.  Thousands of videos piled up like that.  I could store them for later.  My problem with that is what do I store them on.  I’ve had bad experiences with removable hard drives in the past.

That doesn’t leave me much to choose from.  I like portability, accessibility and reliability to be my priorities.  Feels like I’m left with usb flash.  After a few experiments over the last few months I’ve settled for storage on flash storage.  They don’t get used often.  Only when I’m copying new files then they sit in a storage box.

After a recent purchase of a 256GB flash was I able to clear out all of my old projects.  During the clean up I found many old unfinished projects.  Now that I have the time and space I was able to edit another 9 videos.  It is really a good feeling to be able to get this stuff done.

Here are a few of those projects below.  A couple minute video of a squirrel having a good time.  Palm fronds making contact with an electric line, the sounds are scary.  A knight anole hides from me after I discovered it on a palm tree.  A great way to waste a few minutes and distract the mind. -13

 

 

 

 

Dash Cam: Merge & Exit Madness 4

Merge – Exit Madness is back for number 4 of south Florida crazy driving.  A compilation of dangerous, stupid, selfish things drivers do merging and exiting I-95, I-75, the Florida Turnpike and other highways.  Get ready for CRAZY!

Worm bin notes: Life is good in the bin

Update 6 for bins 2 & 3.  Bin 2 is progressing along nicely.  The worms from bin 3 seem to help keep the balance so I can put an equal amount of waste in.  It appears healthy and moist.  I may add more worms from 3 later but am still watching the consumption rate.

Bin 3, doesn’t seem to have any noticeable difference in the consumption rate since I moved the worms.  The soil is moist.  There’s an abundance of the smaller insects that usually inhabit the bins.  Everything seems to be fine.

I did notice a roach on the cardboard when I was editing the video and have yet to locate it.  Here I go again with the roaches.  I haven’t introduced anything questionable to the bin lately so there hasn’t been much to note.  I’ll keep taking before/after stills and video to track the consumption rates, and when I introduce a questionable item that I haven’t filmed before.  Time to hunt for roaches. -13

 

Video Update 6 Below

Dash Cam: Fisher Island Ferry

Fisher Island Ferry.  It’s not exactly what I’d like it to be.  Was hoping to get a front row seat but haven’t over the last several years.  In this video we get a good view anyway.  I’ve been surprised how difficult it is to get in front.  It’s all about timing.  There has been other footage but the water was so rough that when the playback speed was increased it made it impossible to watch.

In this video we get smooth water and a decent view.  On the return trip there is I think a Netherlands flagged wood mast ship.  I couldn’t figure out which ship is was and am hoping someone will be able to identify it and share it with us.  Until we have better footage this will be it for the ferry. -13

 

Dash Cam: Ocala to Naples in less than 25 minutes.

Spring cleaning? Something like that.  Found a file in a place it wasn’t supposed to be.  Thought I had placed it someplace else.  Maybe that explains why I couldn’t find it and hadn’t finished it before now.

The footage is of a few historic homes in Ocala, painted horse art, an amazing after accident scene where the tires are knocked off a semi truck trailer.  Then accelerated speed footage to the I-75 / Naples exit.  Was hoping to get video all the way to Broward county but night set in and that was that so I cut it off at the last Naples exit heading south.

The video starts with the accident that is family friendly.  No guts, no gore. -13