As seems to be the case every year, I ended up completely neglecting ALL my worm composting systems over the holidays. Now that I am starting to get back into “real world” mode, I’ve been spending some time checking on things.
Neglecting enclosed plastic bin systems almost never causes issues – in fact, it can actually be really beneficial in a lot of cases! I’d say this was definitely the case with my BOM-6000 system.
As some of you may recall, this became my “cofee grounds vermicomposting” bin in the fall after emptying the contents of my wooden stacking system into it. I ended up cutting the (BOM coffee grounds) experiment short when it appeared that the worms were not responding favorably to a grounds-only (apart from egg shells and cardboard) diet, and started adding typical worm bin food scraps.
The last time I checked on the bin (may have been as long ago as October) it was getting a bit stinky due to the large quantity of frozen food waste I had recently added. Certainly no longer the case!
You can always gauge the degree of worm bin neglect by the amount of bedding material that’s been consumed by the worms. Needless to say, I found LOTS of paper-pulp worm castings when I opened up the bin today!
Interestingly enough, I couldn’t find any indication of the presence of coffee grounds in the bin, other than a zone of really dark castings down towards the bottom! Everything smelled wonderfully earthy when I dug around a bit, and I was happy to see that the moisture content is still at a reasonable level.
In an effort to get things back on track in this system, I added some fresh cardboard at the top then dumped in a decent amount of frozen food waste.
Once it thaws out I will likely add a fair amount of shredded cardboard over top.
OK – that’s it for this update. I’ll let everyone know what’s going on with my neglected Worm Inn and Winter Worm Windrow systems sometime soon!