Crazy Q&A Podcasts – Session #6

Time for yet another Crazy Q&A Podcast!

I’m actually starting to make a dent in that big ol’ list of questions I have…but yeah, still a ways to go! lol

Today’s Topics

– What is the “best” bedding?
– Finishing off a vermicomposting system before harvesting
– Do earthworms need grit in their gut? If so, how best to provide it?
– Prepared worm feeds (Worm Chow etc)
– Feeding your worms (how to know how much food to add etc)
– How wet is “wet enough”?
– What role do springtails play in the ecosystem?
– Can you re-balance a “sour” bin?

Hope you enjoy it!

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    • Nomar
    • January 16, 2013

    If I do get mold in one of my bins (I do actually, my very small one that only has a dozen worms in it because I dumped the rest of the initial pound of worms in a bigger, more aerated bin) Would it be bad for my health even if I’m not allergic to the spores? I think you’ve mentioned in some other post, to mix things up to break up some of the mold. But in this podcast you mentioned that mold spores might be bad… so wouldn’t that mean that I’m releasing spores by mixing things up? hah it’s confusing..

    • GA
    • January 17, 2013

    Bentley, good podcast. I liked your new term ‘secondary bedding’ – I think it’s a good way to put it. I agree that corrugated cardboard makes probably the best base or primary bedding, but adding other kinds and in combination won’t hurt and will probably help, even if they’re not ‘the best.’

    • Bentley
    • January 17, 2013

    NOMAR – generally when I’m referring to “breaking up fungal growth”, it is the fluffy mycelial stage I am referring to. That said my caution in the podcast was intended mostly for those with a sensitivity to spores. For many, mixing up material that already has fungal fruiting bodies growing on it, won’t be a major deal – and everything will get buried pretty quickly.
    Good question, though!
    GA – that’s actually a pretty “old” term (it can be found in my free vermicomposting guide, and perhaps even some older blog posts) – haha – but yeah, I should make mention of that a bit more often. You are right about combining bedding materials – I should have put more emphasis on that. Corrugated cardboard plus other materials is often better than just corrugated cardboard. And really – the “best” is all relative and a subjective label to a certain degree.

    • Julie
    • January 24, 2013

    I recently got a box of vegetable “trimmings” from my grocery store to feed my worms. Included were several old jalapeños. Are these ok to feed to worms, I.e. can worms handle spicy vegetables? Sorry if you have already answered this previously!

    • GA
    • January 25, 2013

    Agree with you on grit, by the way – but was surprised you didn’t note that coffee grinds probably have more than enough grit for the little fellers!

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