Worm Inn Journal-10-17-12

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.

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    • John W.
    • October 17, 2012

    This is truly a sad day.
    And the materiel in my bin is now falling and filling up where i had harvested earlier. So that is good news.

    • Bentley
    • October 17, 2012

    Aww, c’mon John! I feel guilty as it is!! lol
    Maybe someone else can take the torch and start sharing updates on THEIR Worm Inn! (hmmm…now there’s an idea! wink, wink)

    • Laura
    • October 19, 2012

    waaaiiilll , sob 🙁 so wish I could get a Worm Inn here in South Africa. Just not available and would cost one arm and two legs to buy – with the heinuous ZAR/Dollar forex exchange rate.

    • John W.
    • October 19, 2012

    my inn is not nearly as exciting…i don’t have tons of food…my wife and I only make enough extra food to feed a few times a month. Of course that does not include the horse manure (which is not a reference to my wife’s food, but actual horse manure!) 🙂

    I was living vicariously through your worm factory updates and then you dismantled it…so I got a worm inn to LIVE again…but i think my wife might actually kill me and hide the evidence if I go get a new rig. lol

    • Bentley
    • October 19, 2012

    LAURA – not sure if it would help (with costs) but I’m pretty sure there is someone in UK selling Worm Inns.

    JOHN – I’d hardly call most of my Worm Inn updates “exciting” – lol! That’s half the reason I think it’s time to take a break from them (they’ve been pretty dry). Perhaps I can find someone else using a Worm Inn who might want to share updates.

    • Laura
    • October 19, 2012

    Bentley UK is even worse. Just going to have to discover a relative in the USA perhaps. thanks for trieing.

    • Peter
    • October 19, 2012

    I’ve found myself eating better because of my worm inn :). Some things I didn’t buy before because I couldn’t finish before they went bad (sometimes family size is all you can find), I don’t mind now as they go into the inn.

    As for getting one, if you can find the material it’s probably one of the more easy ones you can make at home. Just remember to use synthetic threads, cord etc. as anything like cotton will rot.

  1. I have been trying to buy a Worm Inn in the UK, but no luck. The web-site which is Worm InTent seems defunct. No products in the on-line store and no answer to emails.
    Surely someone could start distributing such a great product?
    In the meantime, I am going out to buy a can o’ worms system. Any helpful comments please, as I am on a bit of a voyage of discovery!

    • Renee
    • April 28, 2013

    I know this post is a little old, but I am looking at the Worm Inn for my first (technically second) attempt at vermicomposting (I had OK success with rubbermaid bin and worms from the backyard, before I knew any different). I have 4 little ones 5 and under and am looking fir something relatively quick and easy, but also something the older ones can help me with. I am mainly looking for stuff to add to my garden, but also fishing worms for the kids ;). We have an old chest freezer that might be a worm bin in the future, but it’s going to be a little while so I figure this would be a good start.

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