Rock Dust & Euros – 07-18-13

I finally got around to adding some food to my experimental bins today (they have been sitting for just over 2 weeks now). Before doing so, I performed a little check-up on the contents of each bin.

They each still contain two adult Euros, and the worms seem to be healthy for the most part. The one potential exception is a worm in one of the rock dust bins that isn’t looking quite as good. I’m not a worm vet, though, so we’ll have to wait to see what happens (if anything) there.

I counted all the cocoons I could find in the bins.

Rock Dust Bin #1 – 4 cocoons
Rock Dust Bin #2 – 5 cocoons
Control #1 – 9 cocoons
Control #2 – 7 cocoons

Pretty interesting – but I’m certainly not going to jump to any conclusions just yet!

The “food” being used for this experiment is mashed apple waste mixed with shredded paper.

I added 50 g of it to each of the four bins. A cap-full of rock dust was mixed with the food before adding it to each of the two rock dust treatment bins.

Given the small size of these systems, I’ve decided that I won’t be adding rock dust every single time. The amount that is in there now should act as a buffer for multiple feedings.

It will be interesting to see how things develop from here.

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    • John W
    • July 18, 2013

    If you’re not qualified to be a worm doctor then who is?

    • John W
    • July 18, 2013

    That is very interesting though. That is a substantially larger number of cocoons.

    • oneman
    • July 23, 2013

    Interesting results so far and surprised at the number of cocoons, so soon. Time will tell.

    Just off subject. I have acquired a large number of tea bags ( used ) and was thinking about starting a new bin with tea bags only. I get about 250 bags a day ( sounds a lot but its not ) and they seam to age fast, and thought they could be perfect food. Can you for see any problems ? I will add gritt and ground egg shells.

    Your input would be welcome.

    Kind regards.


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