Worm Inn vs Plastic Bin – 05-06-13

Slowly but surely I AM indeed making some progress on the “Worm Inn vs Plastic Bin” front!

On Friday and Saturday I managed to add some more food waste and some more Red Worms, respectively.

Here is the low-down on the food materials added :

Watermelon Scraps
404 g (0.891 lb) – Worm Inn
395 g (0.871 lb) – Plastic Bin

Banana Scraps
152 g (0.335 lb) – Worm Inn
133 g (0.293 lb) – Plastic Bin

Carrot Scraps
100 g (0.220 lb) – Worm Inn
94 g (0.207 lb) – Plastic Bin

It looks like things are coming along very nicely in both systems. There were still remains of the previously-added food materials and the worms seemed responsive and healthy looking. Not too surprisingly, moisture levels in the plastic bin seem to be higher than in the Worm Inn, as indicated by wet bedding and condensation on the inner walls – but the inner zone of the Worm Inn system still looked quite moist.

On the worm-stocking front…

I added 55 more “breeder” Reds to each system. This brings our total population in each to 130 adult Red Worms. I didn’t do too much of a search for cocoons (will aim to do so next time), but I have little doubt there will be a fair number of them by now.

Obviously I’d like to ramp things up a bit with this project at some point so I can really put these two systems to the test. Still, I’m at least happy it hasn’t completely fallen by the wayside with me being so busy as of late.

Will aim to post another update next week!
Stay tuned!

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    • Paul from Winnipeg
    • May 6, 2013

    Checking often Bentley. Looks good so far!

    • Bentley
    • May 6, 2013

    LoL – I feel for you, Paul! haha
    Aiming to get a BIT more regular with posts this week.

    • Renee
    • May 7, 2013

    Really curious to see just how different these two systems end up being since they are the only two things i have any experience with at all (plastic bin with backyard dirt worms and i am getting my worm inn set up now for some red wigglers (hopefully being sent this week!)). I am not so secretly hoping the WI is far superior so i can feel somewhat justified spending the money :p

    • TimJ
    • May 7, 2013

    Love these updates! I’m just about to put my VB24 together and deciding whether or not to keep my tub too, just to compare systems.

    Also, what’s going on in the garden? I originally came to the site because of your gardening activities before I caught the worm disease . . .

    • Peter
    • May 8, 2013

    Renee, I think you’ll be loving the Worm Inn. I can’t see how the bin is going to win unless it’s some specific conditions test. As in not adding anything to the system for two months (can see the Inn drying out) for example.

    Or maybe speed of processing, due to higher moisture retention. But then what you lose in speed, you could make up for in quantity (and more imo) by adding more to the Inn as it’s more forgiving, so wouldn’t be a fair test while limiting the food for both.

    Will be interesting 🙂

  1. I think i need to retire my experiment. Don’t think the PE survived the cold blast we had.

  2. Cool experiment, just like my all time fave experiment the Worm Inn Over-Feeding Challenge.

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