Tiny Tub Challenge – 9-17-15

Quick update on the “Tiny Tub Challenge” front for you.

After leaving my comfrey and cardboard systems to sit for about a week, I finally decided to add the contents of my two tiny tubs.

By this morning, the comfrey was looking nicely decomposed, and there was some obvious fungal growth in both bins.

The first thing I did was mix in a lot more shredded cardboard (likely as much as was originally mixed with the comfrey), along with a little more water.

Everything smelled nice and earthy – no anaerobic or ammonia smells – so I’m confident the systems are very much “ready to go” for the worms.

Speaking of worms, I’m feeling a little less optimistic about my chances of re-starting population growth. In Tiny Tub #1 I only found one of the larger worms and one tiny worms (both looking rather sad). I’m worried that my handling last week – as limited as it was – may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back as far as the worms’ survival goes.

Bare minimum, I’m at least hopeful there are some viable cocoons in both systems! I guess time will tell.

Adding the contents of the tiny tubs simply involved dumping them into their corresponding larger bins, and then gently mixing everything together.

Now it’s just a matter of “waiting and seeing”. I’ll more than likely let the new bins sit for at least a couple of weeks before having a look inside.

Once I do, I’ll be sure to let you know what I find!

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    • Jon
    • September 19, 2015

    I’m not exactly doing the tiny tub challenge, though it was your remark on being able to start a worm bin in a margarine tub that got me trying to do just that.

    After over a month in the tub, my red wigglers haven’t produced any cocoons at all, but they’ve gotten huge… probably double the length and triple the girth. They’re not lumpy or misshapen, they don’t act sick, they’re just big as hell and don’t breed. I’m pretty sure they’re both EF, they have the dark red stripes and yellow tails.

    Have you ever run into anything like that? Any ideas as to what might cause it?

    • John W.
    • September 19, 2015

    You…letting a bin sit for a few weeks I disturbed???? Tht doesn’t sound like you at all! 😉

    • John W.
    • September 19, 2015


    • Brian
    • December 10, 2015

    I tried the tiny tub with what I feed my worms normally to just see if they would double in 90 days. The two worms that went in were not real big. 80 days later they are huge there are lots of cocoons and I found a few baby worms. What a cool project. Thanks for the idea.

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