Food Optimization Update

This is a follow-up to my “Super-Optimized Food Waste Mix” video, and basically a Worm Inn Mega update as well. I let my optimized food mix sit for about 5 days, so it was in great shape for being added to the Mega. It ended up being about 18 lb of material – but as you’ll see in the video I also removed a fair bit of worm-rich material for some worm orders.

In all honesty, I’m not sure I have ever had a vermicomposting system with densities of worms like I am seeing in the Mega. And it’s not just about the adults either (plenty of them for sure) – you wouldn’t believe how many tiny hatchlings and cocoons are in there as well. I’m actually starting to wonder what sort of worm harvest I could get away with each week without depleting the overall population too seriously.

Can only imagine what it would be like to have 5 of these systems up and running at once!
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Comments

    • Duane Faber
    • April 15, 2014

    Bentley, the more I see of what the Worm Inn Mega can do goes along with my thought that I have had for several weeks of what I have envisioned as a bank of colorful Worm Inn Megas all lined up along a wall in my basement. Even my Worm Inn is showing some of the same results. My wife, however, may not look at the Inns as a thing of beauty as I would though.lol

    • Niranjan
    • April 17, 2014

    This is a great site. Learned a lot about worm composting. Thank you. I have just stared my bin
    and this was a very valuable resource.

    Few questions:

    1. It seems like general advice is when in doubt, throw more bedding. Does this new bedding
    need to be moisturised? This is with assumption that bin is not too wet already.
    2. If we don’t attend the bin for a month or so as advised, how does it impact moisture. Doesn’t it get dry?
    3. There are advices for microwaving or freezing the food to kill larva. How long do you microwave? Any thoughts about using solar cooker to let it roast for hour or so to kill larva?
    4. Can I use palm tree fronds and yucca tree leaves in my worm bin

    • John W.
    • April 18, 2014

    How do you think your VermBin would do with optimized food? Do you think it is more to do with the great food or the Worm Inn breathing well and it’s size?

    • John W.
    • April 18, 2014

    I have to say, one of the things I have liked about the Worm Inn is that I don’t have to optimize food, and the worms still devour it like no other system I have tried. All that being said, I think I am going to give this a shot. I am selling tons of worms and I could def use some densities like what you are seeing!

    • Charles K
    • May 28, 2014

    Bentley,
    I recently purchased 40# of rabbit manure (I use it my veggie garden). How much (proportion of food to manure) should I add to my WormBin and how long should I let it sit before adding?

    Thanks!
    Noob Charles

    • John W.
    • July 1, 2014

    Hey Charles K
    I own rabbits and a worm bin. You can almost add rabbit manure straight to a worm bin. The only problem with rabbit manure is that rabbits pee in the same spot EVERY TIME. This means that if the manure is piling up under where they pee, it will be uninhabitable to your worms. What I normally do is test a half pound or so and just put it on top of the worm bin. You should see worms in it by the next day. If not, I take all the manure and put it in a bucket and soak it in water for 30 min or so. I rinse it off and repeat. You can take this new rinsed manure and put it on top of your bin, but I would recommend letting it dry out for a day or so. When its soaking wet it will put off a little heat.
    Hope this helps a little,
    John

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