Two Megas, one “regular” Worm Inn, LOTS of other systems – believe it or not, our “Mystery Man” still has 3 MORE Megas yet to set up!
Back at the end of August, someone got in touch with me (via my Canadian business) asking if I could sell him 4 Worm Inn Megas. Needless to say, this made me sit up and take notice pretty quickly!
It’s not every day someone is THAT serious about vermicomposting (and yes, it makes my life easier when revenue is a ‘flowin’! lol)!
What hilarious is that I failed to put two and two together…failed to realize that he was the same person who had ordered a Mega from me already (via Red Worm Composting – he lived close to the border and just picked it up in the States)! He was happy to clue me in, and – upon request – to share some information about WHAT ON EARTH HE WAS DOING!
He even said “yes”, when I begged him to let me write about it here.
On one condition…total anonymity.
As I learned, this gentleman is even more serious about vermicoposting than I had already assumed. Apart from the 5 Megas (3 still needed to be set up when the above photo was taken) he bought from me, he has a regular Worm Inn and a whole slew of other bins and beds.
Here is what he shared with me
I am strictly a hobbyist, I don’t sell worms, and I give away the castings to a few seniors who use them in their potted plants and flower beds… These Seniors encouraged me in the early days by supplying me with their scraps and eggshells…
I also have also use castings to barter with tradesmen…
I’m in the process of transitioning my “Worm-A-Terium” (AKA a corner of my Basement) from several Rubbermaids, 2 large flow-throughs and 2 large Mortar pans (Harvesting much too tedious) to Megas … I currently have a WI in service along with a Mega… I’m in the process of inoculating one of my new Megas that will replace 2 or 3 RM and once I completely harvest my 2 flow-throughs and the 2 Mortar pans, I will decide on the remaining 3 Megas…
I’m very fortunate to have an agreement with a large multinational box store for as much of their produce that has pass their best before dates.. I use large freezer bags to package the chopped/blended fruit & veggies while they spend an average of 3 weeks in the freezer… I feed every 6 days, and I use 12 to 14 bags per feeding at an average of 2.5 lbs. per bag… I thaw the required amount of bags, mix in unused coffee grounds (UCG),egg shells, shredded leaves, wood shavings, several scoops of living material, a scoop of powdered milk and finally a “large” pinch of rock dust… I completely mix everything and usually let it sit for 24 hours or so by then most of the excess moisture has been absorbed with a wet slurry left to feed… I top feed, I cover one half of the bin with the slurry and then add a generous amount of damp bedding… I alternate sides every time I feed this way the boys have 12 days to process the food… Works very well for me…
I have an endless supply of UCG, eggshells, wood shavings, shredded leaves, corrugated cardboard, and newsprint … I use a DIY trommel with a 1/8” screen, what goes through the screen I consider castings, and what doesn’t go through the screen I consider unfinished worm food and will be mixed in with future feedings (Living material…???) I keep the castings in a large plastic garbage can… I drop in melon rind every now and then,it helps with moisture, feeds the microbes, and more important the melon attracts the new hatchlings…!
I’m retired, so time is not a problem…
I am definitely hoping to obtain more information and pictures (hopefully one of the trommel) from our man of mystery as he gets more of the Megas set up!
In the meantime…on behalf of ALL “Worm-Heads”, I’d like to publicly thank him for sharing and (undoubtedly) inspiring!
Not long after getting this post up, I received an email from “Mystery Mega Man” containing some very recent images.
As you can see, he now has 4 of his 5 Megas up and running (along with the 1 regular Worm Inn)!
Now that’s some super SERIOUS basement vermi-processing power!