I recently promised that I’d post a Worm Inn update. As per usual, I have way too many things going on at once (lol) so it’s been awhile since I last wrote about this system. That’s not to say that it’s been totally neglected though – I have in fact been adding waste materials periodically.
Today, I decided to see how things were looking down below. It feels like my last harvesting session wasn’t that long ago, but looking back I now see it was actually at the beginning of June (i.e. 4 1/2 months ago). Time flies when you’re neglecting your worm bins, I guess! lol
This probably helps to explain why I found plenty of nice, dark material in the “sweet spot” (central zone) of the system! If I felt like screening it, I’m sure I’d end up with quite a bit of beautiful vermicompost.
As is typically the case, I also found lots of dry, partially decomposed materials – especially in the zones closest to the outer walls. It doesn’t look pretty, it might not be the sort of material you want to add to your potted plants or even put in your garden – but, believe it or not, this is highly valuable stuff!
This is a prime example of what I refer to as “living material” – absolutely phenomenal stuff for setting up a new worm bin or just generally optimizing a vermicomposting system. It contains all manner of beneficial microbes (and other compost critters), so it can really help to kick-start aerobic decomposition and make your worms feel much more at home. I highly recommend keeping at least some living material (doesn’t need to be from a Worm Inn, of course) on hand at all times if possible.
Truth be told, I actually decided to dismantle my Worm Inn today (with other bins to follow). I’m starting up my new VermBin48 very soon, so I need: A) lots of worms and living material, and B) more space (things have been getting pretty out of hand down in the basement! lol). Rest assured, I still LOVE my Worm Inns and I’ll be setting one up again before too long I’m sure – but for now, I gotta do what I gotta do (if I have any hope of having my wife continue to support my indoor projects – haha)!
In the meantime, if anyone has any Worm Inn related questions, don’t hesitate to post them here (in the comments section) and I’ll be sure to add my responses.