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Worm casting colonization and odor problems
    #2729539 - 05/25/04 09:56 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

My friend used 3.5 quarts of WBS to spawn 2-4 lbs of worm castings. It's been nearly a week and there are very little signs of colonization and a very strong odor coming from the container. There seems to be SOME sign of growth on top as there is two circles of what looks like rhizo growth, but he's not sure. There white circles kinda resembling spore prints dirctly on top of the worm castings. Is there any problem, what would happen he didnt wait long enough for the castings to cool before mixing in the WBS, if there is a problem what can he do to fix it?


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Re: Worm casting colonization and odor problems [Re: FactorNMR2]
    #2729580 - 05/25/04 10:05 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

looking at some of the clumps of mycelium on the side of the container shows that they haven't even begun to spread


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Re: Worm casting colonization and odor problems [Re: FactorNMR2]
    #2729615 - 05/25/04 10:11 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

16 qt rubbermaid style container...3 inches deep


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Re: Worm casting colonization and odor problems [Re: FactorNMR2]
    #2729969 - 05/25/04 11:27 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Odor with worm castings? Sounds like what could potentially be a contam as I don't recall worm castings really having an odor to them. What kind of a smell are we talking about here? Also what temperature are you keeping this at? Provide as much info as you can and you will receive the best help possible.


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Re: Worm casting colonization and odor problems [Re: NewfoundFreedom]
    #2730909 - 05/26/04 03:46 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

We are talking an odor thats quite stonrg, he checked it again nad he actually sees some growth. This smell is lingering though even after the container is removed from the area..id like to say it smells somewahts sweet, or bitter maybe, its very strange and not quite pleasant. The castings were moistoned with a hand mister to field-consistency wetness (that handful squeeze few drops come out type) and then pasteurized in a maicrowave by heating it for five minutes, waiting a half hour, doing abnother 5 minutes, then waiing till it cools. Ill check back with my friend and keep you up[dated in a couple days how the growth is coming along, but he would normally have the castings pasteurized over a stove-top with a pillow case.


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