Worm Inn Journal-05-23-12

Still running a little behind with my planned Worm Inn updates (had hoped to provide one late last week), but the extra time certainly seemed to help the worms clean up every last remnant of food waste previously added! lol

Given how well the system is performing, I decided to try and “push my luck” a little (lol) by adding quite a bit more (frozen-then-thawed) food waste today – 3187 g (7.03 lb) to be exact!

Mixing the wastes with “living materials” seems to be helping a lot so I’m continuing to do so – in other words, the total amount of material that went into the Inn today was a fair bit more than 7 lb!

Apart from mixing the living materials with the waste, I also decided to use it as a cover material as well. Don’t think I’ll need to worry about any funky smells as a result of this coverage, but ya never know (that IS a lot of waste after all).

As you can see in the picture, the Worm Inn is totally full of material – so I definitely need to get back to harvesting vermicompost from the bottom. I was in a bit of a hurry today, so I’ll likely just wait until early next week to do so (certainly won’t be adding any more wastes between now and then).

Stay tuned!

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    • Peter
    • May 24, 2012

    I always put a good top layer of old VC with my worm inn. It sits about 6 feet behind the livingroom sofa so smell is not an option. With this method I never get smells. I also find with watering the top, the top layer gets populated with worms very quickly and they seem to work from the top down as well as the bottom up. Highly recommend to anyone else to have a side bucket of harvest VC for this usage.

    PS. It’s the only thing I’ve found to stop broccoli from smelling no matter what.

    • Jesse
    • June 7, 2012

    Hi Everyone,

    I have recently found this site and have been reading through entries, mainly on the worm inn, and also some other off-shoots in my free time the last couple of days. Really informative! Thanks! I am considering buying a worm inn to use the vc to help enrich the 50/50 soil/compost mix that I will be putting in my newly built garden beds. I have four beds that are 8′ x 4′ x 20″ deep.

    Most of the entries over the last couple years talk about how much, and what to put in the worm in, but there is not much mentioned (or I could have missed it) on how much vc is harvested in proportion too input. Perhaps someone could help answer a few questions I have…

    Is the output weight of vc equal or similar to input food/bedding weight?
    If “x” amount of food (in weight or cups) is put in, how long will it take to get “y” amount of vc (in weight or cups)? Weeks? Months?
    How much and how often should I add the harvested vc to my beds? (Last one is clearly a newbie question :))

    Would love to hear back. Thanks!

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