Even MORE Food Optimization?

I promise this is the last of the “food optimization” stuff for a while!

I just wanted to make it clear (via this video) that every mix of food you add to your vermicomposting system does NOT need to be perfectly optimized…far from it!

In this case, because conditions were looking a bit dry up top in the Worm Inn Mega, I decided to add a mix with a higher proportion of the (water-rich) food scraps – and I didn’t bother to cut everything up as much since I was looking for more of a slow release effect.

With a system like a Worm Inn, as long as you are adding plenty of bedding, you can basically get away with continuing to add food materials even when the worms are not keeping up (certainly not the case with my Mega – I am actually going a bit slow! lol). I definitely DO NOT recommend that approach with a regular plastic enclosed bin! It could get ugly!

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    • Peter
    • May 1, 2014

    My bulky stuff is corn cobs when it’s the season. But my regular size worm inn handles it no problem. Had a dozen cobs going through. Takes about three passes, but it goes in the end. The worms actually hollow on the center and live inside, it’s cute heh.

    • Lynn
    • May 1, 2014

    Really?!! I’d have never ever thought about putting corn cobs in. But I’m just now learning about the Inn. I just started mine, and I’m impressed so far, and can’t wait to see how it does over time.
    Lynn T

    • John W.
    • May 6, 2014

    Just make sure you rinse off the corn cobs if you put salt on them when you eat them. If I don’t feed mine to rabbits they go into my worm inn. I cut them in half, and that seems to really speed up the decomposition.

    • Lynn
    • May 6, 2014

    Question? You cut them – which way? Long or across? We eat a lot of fresh corn and I roast and freeze the kernels for off season use. I’ve also been trying to talk DH into putting them through his mulcher. If I win that one, I want to dry it and use it for bedding.

    • John W.
    • May 7, 2014

    I cut them in half…making two smaller cobs. I bet though that if you split them longways they would decompose even faster.

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