I’m certainly not shy about admitting that a fair number of my “hair-brained experiments” don’t end up panning out. I don’t think it’s so much the fact that they don’t get finished that ends up frustrating readers – but rather the fact that I have a bad habit of simply never writing about them again!
Well, I’m at least turning over a new leaf in that department (haha), and as such, wanted to let everyone know that I dismantled my “particle size experiment”. I still definitely want to test the effect of particle size at SOME point – but it’s going to be at a later time when it’s feasible to properly plan out, set up, and maintain. Unfortunately, I just haven’t had time to keep up with this one, so there’s nothing really to compare.
Always keen to “turn ‘wastes’ into resources” – I ended up excitedly dumping the contents of my three bins into my two active systems – namely, the Worm Factory 360 and the Worm Inn! As you can see (below), my first Worm Factory tray is now quite full.
Some people might feel inclined to add a second tray at this point, but I’m definitely not in any rush to do so. I want to give my worms a chance to really work on the contents of this tray (expand in numbers etc) before starting to encourage them to move up. So far, I’ve been really impressed with the vermicomposting activity in this single tray – the worms are very active and healthy, it smells good, and the wastes are being consumed. I actually ended up adding some frozen carrot “disks” (originally intended for the particle size experiment) to the tray before adding the material from one of the experimental bins simply because the worms have been doing so well with the wastes added so far!
The Worm Inn ended up getting the contents of the other two experimental bins, simply because there was a lot more room in the system. Should be interesting to see how things progress in both of these systems over the next couple of weeks!
If you happen to be wondering about my “community experiments” idea (or rather someone else’s idea that I had planned to run with) – the long and the short of it is that the project will likely have to wait for now. Perhaps it will be something to test out in the new year!
In the meantime, there might be one or two smaller (low maintenance) experiments to try out on my own – I’ll keep you posted!