Back in April I first wrote about a very basic worm composting system I had set up at the end of January (2018) – something I called “The Insurance Bin“. The “in a nutshell” idea is that you can create these tiny, very basic set-ups quickly and easily, leave them in a climate-controlled location and basically forget about them for months on end.
No maintenance. No mess. No bugs. No chance of offending your housemates (as long as they don’t mistake the bin for a regular storage container – haha). Pretty well every possible reason people don’t want to keep a worm bin in their houses (other than “I just don’t like the IDEA of worms being inside my house” – lol) effectively rendered a non-issue.
And you end up with one or more “perfect” batches of (more…)
It has been nearly two and a half months since my last Urban Worm Bag update.
This tends to be a time of year when projects fall of the rails a bit, and – although I had hoped this season to be different (but am now glad that’s not the case since it’s been a lot of fun) – that’s exactly what happened with my UWB follow-along.
Once my little “real world” worm business opens up for the season I often start taking over or harvesting active systems, exploiting them for my own business gains! Hahaha
Joking aside, in the past I have loved having Worm Inns for “back-up” and this year the UWB has taken on that role.
So what exactly does that mean?
It means I basically stopped adding food waste to it, and I started adding (more…)
Question from Norm:
I have an organic garden, worms seem a little creepy. Someone told me great for gardening. ( true or false )
The super quick answer is “100% absolutely TRUE!”. Worms are great for gardening…but as you can likely guess, this is the type of question that requires a bit more of an in-depth answer.
There are different kinds of “worms” and different ways they can be beneficial. Right off the bat, let’s address the commonly-held misconception that you can just dump a bunch of earthworms (doesn’t matter what kind) into your garden soil and miraculously you are going to end up with incredible soil fertility.
Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way – it’s like putting the cart in front of the horse. I’m sure I am singing to the choir here (since you mentioned having an organic garden), but – for the benefit of others – you absolutely need to enrich your soil with lots of (more…)
It always seems to be at this time of year, when food waste supplies are getting used up very quickly, and an abundance of greenery is sprouting up in the gardens (much of it “planted” by Mother Nature – lol) that I tend to think a lot more about using weeds as worm food.
This is a topic I have written about multiple times on the blog (“Vermicomposting Weeds – Revisited” is a good one to refer to since it links to previous posts on the topic as well), but by golly it still feels like something I haven’t pursued to the extent it deserves!
I always have so many weeds, just begging to be picked (the spread of comfrey in my yard, alone, is very impressive – although my wife doesn’t seem quite as wowed as myself 😉 ) – so it’s nice to have even more of an “excuse” to put in weeding time on a more regular basis.
In the past I have tried different optimization strategies such as (more…)
A question from Carol:
Found a couple packages of extra firm tofu in the back of the fridge. Figured it would be fine – if a tad too much moisture – but thinking if I crumble it up and add maybe a third or quarter of the block at a time it’d be OK. Anyone tried tofu? Seems the meatless protein would be dandy.
This is an interesting idea – but I would definitely have some cautions as well. Firstly, yes I would agree that a meatless protein would usually be better than adding meat to your worm bin (especially in the case of meats containing lots of salt etc). Meat often has more fat than meatless protein sources, so they can get really putrid during the breakdown process. In outdoor systems this can attract flies (producing maggots) and other unwanted critters.
That said, it is important to note that (more…)
Busy time of year, but I finally have a bit of down-time so I thought it might be good to get some updates posted – starting with one for the vermicomposting planter project.
I must say that it was so much nicer having the planter basically ready to go this year – all I had to do was add plants. That’s not to say I didn’t have a late start, but at least mid-June is a lot better than late-July! lol
So what am I growing, you ask?
Well, the only suggestion I received was to try (more…)