A question from John posted on my last Worm Inn Mega update inspired me to shoot this video today. It shows how I am creating these optimized food mixes for my Worm Inn Mega, and provides a good overview of the “food optimization” concept in general. I can definitely see myself referring people back to this one a LOT (so thanks, John!!). While I have written a fair bit about “optimization” and “living materials”, this is the first time I have offered a video tutorial on the topic.
Key Points to Remember
1) The three main components of MY optimized mixes include well-chopped-up food waste (ideally frozen-then-thawed), absorbent bedding, and some sort of “living material”.
2) Well-aged horse manure is amazing stuff, but absolutely DON’T assume that is the only “living material” you can use. And if you DO decide to use it – or any other manure (remember, they are definitely NOT all created equal) – make sure it has been allowed to age outdoors for at least a month or so.
3) This optimization process should result in a “food” that: A) is almost impossible to “overfeed” with (but no need to push your luck – haha), B) will help to greatly accelerate the vermicomposting process, and C) will likely result in amazing worm densities (will vary from system to system though). It will also more than likely leave you with better quality vermicompost.
In case you are wondering what I did with my food mix today…
Rather than adding everything to the Mega so soon after my last (~ 22 lb) feeding – as I originally planned to do – I decided to leave the food mix in the tray – along with a cover layer of aged manure – so it could age for a few more days.
Maybe I’ll record another Mega video early next week to show you what the worms think of the last food mix I added.
(Yes, I’ve become rather addicted to grabbing “gobs of worms” these days! lol)