Coffee Cup Challenge – Day 0

Coffee Cup Challenge

For kicks and giggles I’ve decided see how long it will take for the complete breakdown of a coffee cup inside each of my two small indoor worm composting bins. I’ve composted coffee cups before, but I thought it would be fun to keep a photo journal of the decomposition process and see exactly how long it will take.

To help sweeten the deal (literally) for my worms, I’ve added some watermelon rinds inside the cups (I’ve also added some outside the cup – will be fun to see how long it take them to breakdown in comparison to the cup).
Worms seem to absolutely LOVE members of the cucumber family (Cucurbitaceae), such as melons, cantaloupe, pumpkins, squash etc. I suspect the soft, water-packed flesh of these fruit becomes absolutely infested with microbes, thus creating the ultimate buffet for our wiggler friends!

Anyway, I’ll keep tabs on the progress and write a post about maybe once per week (or more often if the materials get processed more quickly than expected).

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    • Ian
    • May 13, 2007

    Hi B
    As I’ve told you before, I enjoy having a mooch round your site. Looking forward to seeing how your melon challenge progresses
    Ian (ianccfc)

    • Ian
    • May 13, 2007

    Sorry Mate
    Did I call it the melon challenge, What I meant was THE COFFEE CUP CHALLENGE
    Ian (ianccfc)

    • Bentley
    • May 14, 2007

    Hehe – great to have you ‘mooching’ around, Ian! Definitely no worries there.
    Hopefully I’ll be able to keep in new and interesting for you!


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