Vermicomposting Tools

RWC reader, Brad Irish, recently sent me a photo (and brief description) of the set of “tools” he uses to prepare materials for his Worm Inn. I knew this was something that other “Worm Heads” would appreciate so I asked if I could share it here.

This is what he had to say:

Attached you will find a photo of the tools I use to prepare my
Worm Inn food for my worms by chopping it up using an
ice scraper and a dedicated immersion blender if I want
to puree the mixture. It seems to be working very well in
that my Worm Inn is doing well having started it in the
middle of July with 1 lbs. of worms.

And here is the pic:

Ice scraper and dedicated immersion blender…gotta LOVE it!!!

By the way – if you are wondering why there is so much liquid in the bucket below Brad’s Worm Inn, it’s because the system has been sitting outside during some heavy rain showers. Brad tells me he’s been adding molasses and aerating the leachate before adding to his tomato plants.

Thanks again for sharing, Brad!

What are YOUR favorite vermicomposting tools? Be sure to leave a comment and let us know!

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    • ilias lalagas
    • August 24, 2012

    Hello there,

    i am actually thinking of buying an ice scraper because my blender/mixer is not powerful enough for various typed of food i want to feed them. Ice scraper is more powerful right?

    I have seen that people aerate leachate, why is that?

    • Fred
    • August 24, 2012

    Thanks for sharing.. It’s always good to see and learn from the other members’ system..

    • John
    • August 24, 2012

    My favorite tool is the yellow fork that came with my WF 360. I am selling the WF 360…just keeping the rake for myself!!!

    • Paul Moriarty
    • August 24, 2012

    @Ilias – you aerate to encourage the growth of aerobic bacteria which are considered beneficial for the soil.

    • ilias
    • August 24, 2012

    thank you for your reply paul

    • Bentley
    • August 28, 2012

    Ilias – I would think that an ice scraper would be great for breaking up larger chunks of fruit/veggie wastes, but it would certainly have its limitations. I think the “ultimate” for me would be some sort of monster blending tool. A great suggestion someone made once was using one of those drill-mounted paint stirring blades to blend waste materials in a plastic bucket. I definitely want to try that at some point!
    John – I agree, small hand rakes are fantastic worm bin tools. Couldn’t live without mine (and I have several! lol).

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