April 2013

Vermicomposting Bread

Not too long ago RWC-follower, Kim (“from Milwaukee”) pointed me in the direction of a fascinating segment of the TV program “Dirty Jobs”, involving the host working on a worm farm in Florida (see the comments section of “John’s Passive Worm Harvester“). Specifically, there was a bit about them adding slices of white bread on top of their beds as a means of drawing loads of worms up to the surface that had caught her attention. Unfortunately the episode has since been removed from YouTube (I had assumed that it was an actual Discovery Channel upload – but I guess not), so you won’t likely be able to find it online anymore.

Anyway, seeing this clip definitely made me want to (more…)

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Pineapple Vermicomposting

Seeing a good-sized chunk of pineapple – past its prime – sitting in the fridge recently made me think that it might be fun to set up a little experiment. Nothing fancy – I simply want to monitor how long it takes for the worms to process it.

Some claim that pineapple is a “harmful” worm food – something that’s best avoided altogether (see “Are Pineapple and Papaya Harmful to Worms?“). I myself tend to take a much more mellow stance. While I certainly wouldn’t add a heap of it all at once, due to the high acidity, in moderation I think it’s perfectly fine (and I always use it when I have it).

That said, I’ve never closely monitored the pineapple breakdown process before, so I thought it might be fun to do so. I also thought it my be interesting to try it in two different systems. So I cut the piece of pineapple in half and added one chunk to my enclosed plastic Euro bin, and the other chunk went into my VB48.

In both cases, the (more…)

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Worm Inn Project Challenge – Winners!

After careful thought and deliberation I’ve settled on two winners – that’s right, TWO WINNERS – for the “Worm Inn Project Challenge“! Both of these ideas will be combined for the new Worm Inn project.

All in all, I was really pleased with all the great ideas that were submitted! I’m hoping/planning to try some of the other ones in various ways (using other systems etc), and I would LOVE to see some of you Worm Inn users out there trying some of them as well! (Speaking of which, Larry – I’ve started stockpiling gum in your honor, buddy! …NO, that’s not an April Fools joke! lol)

The two winners chosen were (more…)

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