The Worm Inn
There is nothing quite like having someone take one of my goofy ideas and really run with it! One of our faithful readers (and worm friends), Robyn, did just that. She was inspired by my ‘creepy pants vermicomposter‘, and decided to create her own version – a flow through system she is calling “The Worm Inn”.
Robyn is very humble about her creation – she was even a little shy about letting me post pictures on the site! Thankfully I was able to convince her that the Worm Inn needed to be seen – after all, it is probably the coolest homemade vermicomposting system I have seen in a long time!
Like the Creepy Pants vermicomposter, the Worm Inn is a hanging, flow-through vermicomposting system. Food and bedding materials are added from the top, and (eventually) worm compost can be harvested from the bottom.
Unlike the Creepy Pants, Robyn’s creation is compact in size (much more convenient for smaller spaces), and includes some really nifty features. For starters, she installed a handy drawstring tightening system at the bottom – so no need to mess around with annoying cable ties.
Robyn also included a fine mesh cover at the top to discourage flying pests from easily getting in and out – a great feature for a system like this, which is definitely more prone to invasion by fungus gnats and fruit flies.
The unit even includes a handy little pocket on the side for holding a water-bottle – something that is really useful to have on-hand at all times (since the bedding can dry out very quickly). This may seem to be of minor importance – but for someone like me who always seems to be misplacing things (like water bottles), it would prove to be quite beneficial I’m sure.
The Worm Inn can be suspended virtually anywhere using bungee cords (as shown in the first image), but it also works quite well with a standard laundry hamper stand (see image below) if you prefer keeping it in a location closer to the ground.
Being the eco-entrepreneurial guy that I am, I quickly saw more than just a nifty worm bin in Robyn’s creation – I saw the potential for a really cool product she could make and sell online. It seems that Robyn was already playing with idea herself, but she appreciated my encouragement (aka enthusiastic raving – haha) nonetheless.
Should be some interesting Worm Inn updates on the way!
[UPDATE - 08/05/2008 - check out Robyn's Etsy store to peruse her selection of Worm Inn designs]