May 2019

Can Vermicomposting Reduce Air Quality?

From Dee:

I vermicompost within a 500 square ft apartment and have been considering adding another bin. I often wonder if indoor vermicomposting has an impact on indoor air quality. After all it relies on decomposition and molds to break down food… I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on this… Thanks!

Hi Dee,

This is a very interesting question, and – like my responses to so many other questions relating to this quirky field of endeavor, I have to say…it depends!

Firstly, I will say that (in my humble opinion) a well-managed worm bin – or even multiple systems – shouldn’t create any air quality issues at all! If you consider the sort of decomposition processes that take place in say a forest, for example – there’s virtually no way that would ever be a hazard (unless you have some sort of allergy, which we will come back to in a minute). If anything, that sort of earthy-smelling decomposition would likely be good for you!

So what does “well-managed” mean?

In basic terms, you should have a system containing (more…)

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Comfrey as Sole Food Source for Worms

If you’ve followed the blog for a number of years, you’ve likely seen some mentions of my favorite plant for vermicomposting – comfrey!

Not sure comfrey would be considered a weed – but it sure grows like one, sprouting up easily from even the tiniest little root fragment (funny irony is that it took me forever to get it established via seeds originally).

What I love about it – in comparison to most of the more typical weeds – is the abundance of lush foliage. A perfect “green manure” for any composting system – including one with worms!

I use comfrey a lot as a sort of “slow food” in my (more…)

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Benefits of Castings & Leachate – 5-01-19

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Benefits of Castings & Leachate – 4-11-19

Hello everyone,

Here is an update regarding the “Benefits of Castings & Leachate” experiment. And it has been a rough ride so far. At the start of the experiment it was still relative cold, with some freezing conditions in the night, and I decided to keep the experiment in a small cabin at the edge of a forest that borders my garden. A few days into the experiment the weather conditions changed a lot. We experienced (more…)

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