Finally looking like a real winter worm composting extravaganza!
Figured I might as well include a winter windrow update along with the winter cat litter bed update I just posted. As mentioned, a big winter storm has hit our region and things are finally starting to look pretty wintry out there!
Things have been a little crazy as of late (those on the newsletter list will know why), so unfortunately I haven’t done quite as much work with this bed as I had hoped to do by now – and this neglect is starting to show.
Last time I reported that temperatures in the bed seemed to be right in the range I wanted to see (20 C / 68 F), but clearly there has been a temperature drop since then!
I actually did manage to get over to my dad’s place last week and we started bringing over some of the rotten straw bales from the old winter worm composting bed. We even added the material to the windrow – but I am starting to realize that the bed really needs a fair amount more material.
I’m still very optimistic though. My dad and I also brought over a LOT of wet coffee grounds that had been sitting in open containers out in his yard (reminds me, I really need to write a post about the worms we found in this stuff!). As I’ve written before, coffee grounds seem to be an excellent material for generating heat, so I’m hopeful that adding a bunch of it will help to get things back in the range I want to see.
I also have my jumbo food scrap bags which are still getting filled with food. My plan is to fill three of them, then bring them inside to warm up before adding the material to the bed. Hoping to also get a hold of some more straw bales (new and rotten), so that should really help in terms of keeping everything nicely insulated.