My recent focus on “optimizing” waste materials for my Worm Inn and WF-360 systems has inspired me to set up a fun little experiment. In a sense, this could be considered the replacement for my “Particle Size Experiment” – but the cool thing is that it’s much simpler, and more-easily monitored.
The basic idea here is to compare the vermi-processing times of equal quantities of carrots that have been “optimized” in different ways. Two of the treatments will feature coarsely chopped carrots – one batch that has been frozen/thawed, the other one simply being left to sit in the fridge (until the frozen ones are ready to be used). The other treatment – added as an afterthought – will be the frozen/thawed/aged carrot ribbons, originally made for my Euros vs Reds experiment.
I made the carrot chunks, destined for the freezer (middle image below), a wee bit…uhhhh…chunkier than those headed for the refrigerator (you know me and my efforts to help the “underdogs”), but ALL three treatments weigh 212g, so essentially equal amounts of carrot biomass. NO, this is not a serious scientific study, by any means – but regardless, it should at least demonstrate how various optimization approaches can potentially help our worms to process waste materials more quickly!
Once the wastes are ready to go (I’ll likely let the frozen carrots thaw out tomorrow), I will then add them all to the same active worm bin, up near the surface – and basically just watch to see what happens over the course of several weeks. I am aiming to take photos every day so I can (hopefully ) create a little time lapse video once the experiment is finished.
Should be fun!