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 chunk-o-pineapple is up near the surface. In the Euro bin I put a couple strips of moist newsprint over top (remember there is also a lid on the bin), while in the VB48 (which doesn’t currently have a lid) I covered it with some biodegradable plastic “mulch” (see “The Beast – 03-26-13” if you’re not sure what I’m referring to).
Below are my “Day 0” images. I will continue taking pictures every few days so you can actually SEE what’s happening.
I’m definitely interested to see how quickly the pineapple breaks down.