Worm Inn Journal-02-25-10

Ok, so here we are six days after I added 15 lb of bulky food waste to my experimental Worm Inn, and the level had gone down enough to warrant adding even more! So, I did just that – this time it was only 10 lb (haha). As you will see in the video, it almost didn’t even fit – but my trusty hand rake came to the rescue.
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I have little doubt that I am NOT going to be able to simply continue processing wastes at this rate – there are a lot of resistant materials going in there, and I really haven’t done enough with them to ensure that they’ll end up broken down any time soon.

What I would like to start doing at some point is really focus on making the materials a lot more worm-friendly before adding them. I’m not sure I’ll go so far as to blend them all, but I will likely try to macerate them by hand as much as possible (after putting them in my deep freezer for a few days and letting them thaw out).

Anyway, this has been a lot of fun so far. Needless to say, I am blown away by the fact that the system has handled so much waste being added to it (without creating a horrible stench, killing off my worms etc etc).

Stay tuned!
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Comments

    • ErickNL
    • February 26, 2010

    Looking forward to the results, that was a crazy amount of material 🙂

    • Eve
    • February 26, 2010

    I too was amazed when starting up my flow through bin. As you are finding out Flow Through bins will take an amazing amount of food scraps and process them in less time than the regular Tupperware type bin.

    I have this fridge that will go on the fritz a couple times a year and freeze everything. It froze everything soon after i moved the worms into the flow through. I tossed everything in whole, thinking that it would last longer that way and not overload the system. Whole heads of lettuce, cauliflower, celery and so on.

    I documented the list on my blog if you are interested. This blog is just 6 days after adding everything.
    http://vermicomposters.ning.com/profiles/blogs/just-one-week-on

  1. Bentley, this is just amazing…I almost have to watch peeking through my fingers (like it is a horror film), because it is so crazy to be able to add that much stuff! We are all cheering on you and the critters in this system–go team!

    • Kim from Milwaukee
    • February 26, 2010

    Bentley, you’re insane!!!! I love the courage you have to just throw all those scraps in there and wait to see what happens. Incredible!! Those worms of yours rose to the challenge, too! It’s good to know, and I for one thank you for showing us just how amazing worms are for taking care of us on this planet. They will save us!

    • Bentley
    • February 26, 2010

    ErickNL – I’ve certainly surprised myself! We’ll see how things progress over the next couple of weeks though!
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    EVE – Thanks for sharing your similar experience – very cool!
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    HEATHER – Thanks for the “cheering”. Hopefully this doesn’t completely explode in my face at some point! LoL
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    KIM – I am indeed insane. Not sure I would use the descriptive “courage[ous]” – haha
    “Glutton for punishment” is probably more like it. My worms are real troopers – hopefully I’m not leading them down a dangerous path (I feel pretty confident given how breathable this system is. I DO hope, if nothing else, this shows people how awesome Red Worms are!
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