I’ve been feeling like I’m in a bit of a rut these days as far as vermicomposting inspiration goes, so I figured I’d keep everyone SUPER-updated on my winter worm composting activities in an effort to get some new posts up!
I was supposed to meet with the “local business” (mentioned last time) person today but she ended up being busy with her pre-opening activities. Rather than keep you in suspense any longer, the business is a brand new coffee shop in town – but not just ANY coffee shop! This is a cafe with an eco-twist (or perhaps “socially responsible” might be more accurate), since all the coffee used will be what’s known as “fair trade”. I read about the new business in our small local paper on the weekend and decided to get in touch with the owner to chat about starting up some sort of fun coffee grounds vermicomposting project.
After my recent “failure” with coffee grounds, some of you might wonder why I would want to keep using them. Well, the fact of the matter is they are a GREAT material if managed properly. In my big winter bed I know they will be an awesome heat-generating material, so that is a big part of why I want to strike up some sort of arrangement with the cafe fairly soon.
Anyway, when I got back from my cafe expedition I decided to do a bit more work with the winter windrow. I’ve been REALLY slacking this fall as far as taking care of my beds goes – and my big wooden bin is certainly no exception! We are consistently below the freezing mark now, with snow on the ground, yet most of the material (and worms) are still sitting in the bin (where they are guaranteed to freeze solid at some point).
When I started digging around in the bin today I realized that there are actually a LOT of worms in there, so I’m feeling extra guilty about the whole thing.
So far I have transferred three or four big garbage cans full of wormy material over to the winter bed, and hopefully I’ll be able to move a bunch more before it’s too late. As you can probably tell, by looking at the first picture, I also added more leaves and hay today.
Apart from securing some coffee grounds, I am also hoping to get some manure – I know it would really help to warm things up in the bed. I haven’t taken any readings yet, but the fact that snow is not yet melting off the top of the tarp tells me we’re not quite there yet!
Anyway – I’ll keep everyone posted!