Worm Inn MEGA Review

Worm Inn MEGA Review

The Worm Inn MEGA is the latest improvement on the original Worm Inn system.

With this system you can turn huge quantities of organic materials into worm castings fairly quickly, without the hassle.

Simply add a layer of shredded cardboard, some shredded paper, a dash of leaves and of course food scraps.  Let the material sit for a week while you order the red wiggler worms for the system.  Anywhere from 3-5 pounds will do.

From there, it’s as easy as adding your food scraps each week and removing fresh castings from the bottom via the drawstring opening.

This system reigns superior over the others simply due to its huge capacity in a footprint of just 20″ x 20″ and its exceptional airflow which prevents it from getting oversaturated.

If you aren’t working with a lot of space and want to compost year round, the Worm Inn MEGA can really make it happen for you.

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Goodbye Messy Compost Bin!

Goodbye messy compost bin!

This is quite an impressive design for a nearly hands-free kitchen f00d scrap collector.

Only thing I wonder about, is if they’re throwing away the plastic bag with contents, or they’re emptying it into a compost bin and disposing the plastic each time.

I’ve never thought to put a bag in the kitchen scrap container, but I guess some (most?) people do.

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Mushrooms in the compost?

How long did it just rain for?  It felt like forever.

I had just moistened the compost pile hours earlier, unaware it was about to storm for a day straight.

As a result, the pile went from kind of wet to soaking wet, and I discovered these cool little mushrooms growing in the pile.

Mushrooms are simply an indicator of wet conditions in the pile, and it can be corrected by simply adding dry brown materials.

However, mushrooms are just a part of nature and nothing to worry about.  If it gets a bit warmer, it could become a haven for bugs, so I’m going to add a new layer of leaves this weekend for sure.

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Composting Tips – Step Outside (video)

Composting Tips – Step Outside

 

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working on my book…

It’s been a rough winter this year, and for this reason and a few others I haven’t felt like making any videos.

Now that I’m starting to thaw out, I have some that I’d like to make and hopefully I can finish my e-book, too.

I’ve been sluggishly writing an e-book for a while now, on and off, stop and start, but I’m finally nearing completion.

While there’s a few great books out there on composting, I think they could be scaled down into something much more concise… forget the science stuff, we know that composting just happens.  My eyes tend to glaze over the chapters about microbial activity and carbon to nitrogen ratios, and rightfully so.

It’s interesting stuff, but I totally understand that it isn’t interesting to most people, and that’s the readership that I care about.  They get composting books so they can COMPOST.

Therefore, I hope to fill that gap with a stripped down guide that focuses on exactly what you need to get started, and how to do it with the least amount of effort and the best results.

Time to get back to writing.

Stay tuned… :)

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Worm Inn Mega – Harvesting Vermicompost

Worm Inn Mega – Harvesting Vermicompost

 

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A Countertop Composter That Zaps Your Food Scraps Into Healthy Soil Fertilizer (article)

Originally found here, by Adele Peters.

About 25% of the food in your refrigerator will probably end up in the trash instead of on your plate. And while that’s unfortunate for your wallet, it’s even worse for the environment: The carbon footprint from food waste is actually bigger, amazingly, than the pollution from driving the typical car. Some of the impact comes when the food goes to the landfill, since rotting scraps release the potent greenhouse gas methane.

This is all the reason for a new kitchen device called the Food Cycler Home that aims to make it much easier for people to compost their scraps, even in cities that don’t offer composting services (which is most cities). In three hours, it can sterilize and deodorize anything and everything from orange rinds to meat and convert it to a soil amendment that can be safely sprinkled on plants.

The byproduct is organic and looks like coffee grinds. “This will vary slightly depending on what you choose to process, but what is great is that anything you could eat, it could eat–including chicken and fish bones,” says Brad Crepeau from the manufacturer Food Cycle Science.

The company, which recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for the Food Cycler on Indiegogo, hopes that the product might offer a viable alternative to the need to create new municipal composting programs. “The challenge with greenbin programs is that they are often costly, and it is sometimes difficult to achieve quotas and sustain widespread buy-in, often because of the odor and unattractiveness of the greenbin and everything that lives in it,” Crepeau says.

A larger version of the Food Cycler has been in use for three years at hospitals, restaurants, universities, and grocery stores, so the company says the technology is proven. But it’s not exactly cheap: The expected retail price is $499, while some chains might offer it for $399.

It also takes a fair amount of electricity as it runs–perhaps not surprising if you’re running something for three hours every day. In a month, it can use about as much as the average dishwasher. It’s not clear how that environmental impact would stack up against something like curbside composting or not composting at all, since that also takes energy, both in driving food away in trucks and running giant commercial composting facilities.

In the end, backyard composting is still probably best for anyone who has the option. Even better is trying to remember to eat the leftovers next time before they turn to mold, so we don’t have as much food waste in the first place.

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I admit, this one’s a little difficult to believe.  180 degrees and three hours later, the contents are supposedly compost.

It doesn’t seem that thermophilic microorganisms can do their thing in an environment like that, and 180 degrees is a bit extreme for a composting process.

Is it aerobic or anaerobic?

I would love to try one of these out.  The price is steep, just like the Naturemill.

I understand what they’re trying to achieve here, but something seems off.  I’m excited to see these hit the market, and I’ll have quite a few questions for the company.  I hope it’s legit.

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Helping Your Worms Beat the Heat! Keeping Worm Bins Cool

Helping Your Worms Beat the Heat! Keeping Worm Bins Cool

Smart idea for the summer time!  If you store your food scraps in the fridge before you compost them, then this is a default no-brainer concept.

My basement stays cool or freezing cold all year long it seems, so I’ve never really thought about this so much.

Over at redwormcomposting.com, there’s several accounts of people’s worms surviving at extremely hot and cold temperatures, well above and below the suggested temps for their survival.  Worms are resilient little critters, aren’t they?

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How To Make A Compost Bin – Timelapse

How To Make A Compost Bin – Timelapse

Here’s a pretty clean-cut video on building a three chamber compost bin.  There must be a thousand videos on how to make a compost bin, and they’re all slightly different designs.

I wouldn’t get hung up on it.  As long as you can open it up to remove the finished contents without breaking your back, you should be good to go with whatever design you choose.

Don’t worry about getting in there to turn the pile over, all that does is allow heat to escape from the active center.

 

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Steaming Piles of Compost

Steaming Piles of Compost

Good short clip showing the steam… probably the coolest part of composting through the cold months.

How to do it?  Have a pile at least 3′x3′x3′ in size, comprised of half shredded browns (preferably leaves).  Add the food scraps, cover with more browns, moisten, cover the pile with a tarp or lots of straw.

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