I really want to do a better job tying up loose ends here on the blog. Over the years there have been quite a few projects started – and written about – that ended up falling by the wayside, never to re-surface again! haha
One of the projects I started up last fall that came very close to vermicomposting oblivion was my Worm Inn (using a keyboard stand for support). Over the months I (thankfully) had the good sense to periodically water it and add various deposits of food – but a bad scuttle fly invasion discouraged me from doing too much more with it.
Generally, the system has at least remained moist enough in the middle to keep slowly chugging along – but it seems a recent warm spell must have accelerated the drying process. Thankfully, on a whim I decided to do a check-up today – quickly discovering that it was nearly bone dry.
At first I assumed I had killed everything off with my negligence – and decided I would just dump the contents into one of my bigger “set-it-and-forget-it” systems. In doing so, and then digging around a bit, I discovered a tiny pocket of life – all sorts of different critters, including worms, congregated together in a slightly-moist zone that was likely right in the heart of the system.
The bin I dumped the contents into has been humming along for quite a few months now so a lot of the material is well processed and what’s in there is quite damp. I simply pulled most of it off to one side of the bin and emptied the dry stuff into the empty half. I then slowly, but thoroughly, watered all the dry materials.
I suspect the bin residents and all the Worm Inn survivors will find the new environment to be much more to their liking. Once rehydrated the materials from the Inn will likely have some decent food value, and there is certainly plenty of nicely aged bedding as well.
I may provide further updates about this – but won’t make any promises just in case!
Hope to provide updates for the Urban Worm Bags and the Vermibag I set up in the fall before too long, though! The good news is that all of them have better moisture retention so they’ve been doing just fine.
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