Worm Inn Journal – 03-21-13

What better day than the first day of spring (not that it looks like it outside!) for the arrival of my colorful NEW Worm Inn!

Apart from the time it took to track down ONE missing corner piece for my stand (isn’t that just always the way it goes?! lol), I had everything set-up in minutes.

Now…if only I could think of a fun vermi-project to get started!



Keep the ideas coming folks (let’s say two ideas max per person)! I’ll more than likely be selecting a winner sometime early next week.

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    • kiera
    • March 21, 2013

    Can’t wait! While I have no creative project ideas, I own a Worm Inn and am always interested (okay maaaybeee addicted) to see what they are capable of!

    • John w
    • March 28, 2013

    I think it feels like a good day to pick a winner and get this show on the road! Truth be told…worm inn post are the best post!

    • Bentley
    • March 28, 2013

    Patience, young Grasshopper! lol
    There has been an interesting new development on the Worm Inn front so I’m probably going to wait until next week to get things rolling.
    Can’t say more than that for now!

    • John W.
    • March 28, 2013

    bummer…sounds like I did not win after all.
    Oh well I can wait now patiently

    • Bentley
    • March 28, 2013

    LoL – nobody won yet! Still haven’t really reviewed the entries properly. Just wanted to see how things played out on this other front first.

    • Deoxy
    • March 29, 2013

    Well, since you haven’t picked yet, here’s my second idea. Worms Inns are one of your few bins that are relatively closed off from flying critters, so gnats are less likely to cross contaminate 2 Worm Inns. You’ve tested nematodes to good effect against fungus gnats–how about do one Worm Inn with nematodes and one Worm Inn with Bti and see which Inn stays gnat-free(er), or fights off a gnat invasion you (helpfully) cause?
    I myself simply sprinkle a pinch of this Bti product in my Guansanito bin (similar to the Worm Factory)
    but you could use whatever Bti fungus gnat product source you have in Canada.

    The granules are expensive, but that company is always offering coupons & discounts online. It works great in my bin, but I’d like to see a comparison with nematodes. May the best Inn win!

    • Deoxy
    • March 29, 2013

    Oops, make that BtH, not I…

    • Bentley
    • April 1, 2013

    Hi Deoxy – interesting idea, especially now with my drain fly invasion (they are a type of gnat so the nematodes should definitely be pretty effective against them) – and the fact that I have a big order of the nematodes on the way. I still have mosquito dunks as well.
    What is “BtH”? A different strain? Pretty sure the dunks have Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis israelis, or something like that! lol)

    • Deoxy
    • April 1, 2013

    Looks like Bt/H14 is the same as Bt/i http://wiki.bugwood.org/Bacillus_thuringiensis

    I like the formulation of the Knock-Out gnats granules because it’s pre-mixed with (I think) horticultural grade molasses and it’s easy to add just a tiny bit. I don’t dissolve it in water (plenty of that in a worm bin), simply sprinkle a pinch over the top every month or so. My bin is usually underfed, which may count for something, but I don’t have fungus gnats–period. I do have mites and roly-polys and the occasional millipede–plus plenty of worms, so I haven’t found it to be toxic to the rest of the ecosystem. It would be interesting to see the effect in a well-fed system.

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