Now THAT’S more like it!
I just wanted to provide a quick update post on the winter worm windrow front. As you can see (in the picture), things are definitely looking up already!
Yesterday after I wrote my blog post I added some food waste and some molasses-water to the bed, and also buried a decent sized “hot water bottle” (simply filled a big jug with hot water) in the middle as well – all in an effort to help get some sort of upward temperature trend started.
Interestingly enough, the temps in the bed were already up a little bit by that point (but nothing to get overly excited about), so I was fairly optimistic that I would find a somewhat warmer worm bed by today. I certainly didn’t expect to find any temps close to 20 C (68 F) though! (I actually ended up finding a warmer zone than the one I was reading for the photo above).
In some ways I definitely lucked out this week! Apart from all the great stuff that’s been added to the bed, the weather has actually warmed up a fair bit, and it has been quite sunny! The tarp is black, so it’s safe to say that any sunlight falling on the bed can certainly help to warm it up. Temperatures are actually expected to climb just above the freezing mark by Saturday (still with sunny conditions), so think the bed is definitely going to be in really good shape by early next week. In fact, I will more than likely unplug the rope lights sometime over the next few days and see if I can maintain decent temps without them.
Anyway – just wanted to share that with everyone!