October 2012

Wooden Flow-Through Bin-10-10-12

It’s been ages since I’ve posted an update for my small indoor wooden flow-through bin (you can find previous posts below). From the look of things, everything seems to be going really well in spite of some neglect on my part. Every time I open up the lid I find congregations of Red Worms up at or near the surface readily feeding on whatever happens to be the most recent waste addition. I haven’t been adding loads of food, but everything that does get added seems to get processed quite quickly!
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Stacking Bin Euros-10-05-12

I wanted to post a quick update on the “Stacking Bin Euros” front. Other than occasionally taking a peek inside, I’ve basically been leaving the system alone ever since setting it up a couple of weeks ago. Yesterday was my first feeding (not counting when the bin was first set up with waste materials mixed in) – partially inspired by my fun food waste blending experiment.

Looking around the bin (without disturbing TOO much), I found lots of responsive worms and a fair number of cocoons. It looked as though much of the food waste had been consumed as well. The total amount of food I added this time was 1151g (2.54 lb). I normally prefer to bury waste materials, but given how shallow WF-360 trays are, and the fact that I really didn’t want to disturb the worms more than I had to, I decided to simply layer the material on top of the bedding.
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Bentley’s Super-Duper Worm Food Tool!

I like to think I’m pretty serious about my vermicomposting efforts.
(Yes, that IS indeed an axe in the background. lol)

Today I got a chance to re-enforce that feeling by creating a fun “worm food tool” I’ve had in the back of my mind for quite some time. Right off the bat, let me point out that this was actually an idea I got from someone else – sadly, I can’t remember who (my apologies to you if you are reading this)! The basic idea is as follows – chop up food wastes (etc) using a high-powered drill with a paint stirrer attachment. Of course, in order to keep this from getting really messy, you also need some sort of enclosed vessel. I thought a 5 gal bucket with lid seemed like a good choice (especially since I happen to have a lot of them).


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Worm Food Myth

Interesting question from Ben:

Hello there! I heard a rumour that worms only consume the first meal
they have tried after birth. So for example If they have tried food
waste they will only eat food waste for the end of their life. If they
have started with manure the same rule applies. So basically you can
only feed worms with one type of meal, and you can’t swap organic
waste with manure whenever you like. Is there any rational thought in
that?

Hi Ben,
Your question definitely put a smile on my face (really interesting topic, though – so thanks for the submission)! Let me start by putting your mind at ease – the “rumour” is actually more like a MYTH (if not a “bald-faced lie”! haha). There is absolutely NO validity to that statement – and in fact, if that were the case, vermicomposting would be a much different kettle of fish (not nearly as beneficial as it is).

Apart from seeing proof that this is not the case (over and over and over again, when I’ve introduced worms to a new food and they’ve eagerly consumed it), when it comes down to it, composting worm suppliers would be in REAL trouble if their worms only ate what they fed them. Most serious worm farms use manure and/or various “secret” feed formulas (“worm chow” etc etc) to feed their worms. Many of these worms are then sold to typical home vermicomposters who proceed to feed them mainly food scraps (upon-which the worms happily feed).

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