Yesterday I recorded a video “tour” of my Worm Inn Mega system. It might provide everyone with a better perspective re: the size, since you can see various other objects (surprisingly enough, including a toilet! lol). Apart from talking about the specs of the Mega, I provide some commentary on feeding and “critters” (namely springtails).
As you will see, the worm population really seems to have exploded – and the performance of the system has improved accordingly! I am now adding all of our compostable kitchen scraps, and loads of bedding materials, yet still can’t seem to get up past the halfway mark of system volume! lol
UPDATE: I forgot to discuss “watering the system” in the video and THEN even forgot to mention it in my blog post! LoL (thankfully Cleo’s comment reminded me). Depending on where you are located, and where exactly you put your Worm Inn (“Mega” or otherwise), there is a chance you will need to add water to it on a fairly regular basis for “optimal” performance. I’ve actually tended to recommend NOT watering all that much (if at all) in the past, since this helps you avoid having leachate drainage out the bottom (which can lower the quality of your vermicompost, among other disadvantages). It also helps you establish a nice “sweet spot” in the middle, full of beautiful vermicompost. Thanks to a recent email exchange with an RWC reader (who explained that regular waterings have made a huge difference), however, I decided to revisit this practice myself. So far I have actually been really impressed! The worms seem a lot more active in the upper zones and everything seems to be getting processed even more quickly.
That said, I highly recommend small-amounts-added-regularly over large-quantities-added-rarely! And make sure you are adding it across the entire surface rather than in one or two spots. Having leachate drainage is NOT the end of the world (I always keep a bucket down below just in case), but in my humble opinion, you will get better overall performance (and fewer worms in compost) if you aim to keep most of the moisture higher up in the system, as much as possible.
NOTE: My previous recommendation of not really adding much water assumes regular addition of water-rich food wastes, and placement of the system in a sheltered (preferably indoor) location.
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