Category Archives: Vermicomposting

Year-Round Heroes: Leaves and Worms

I haven’t been paying much attention to the large compost pile lately, but it made it through the first snow with no problems- the snow wouldn’t melt on the center- good sign!

While emptying a week’s worth of food scraps into the center, I couldn’t help but notice all the red wigglers present… if I can keep them warm, I’ll be doing just fine through the winter!

Bottomless pit composter?… or just a lot of grubs?

I thought i was overdue on starting my second trash can composter… the first one has had a bottomless pit for the last few months.

I was certain it would have been at capacity awhile ago, but then I took a closer look.

Not only were there a ton of red wigglers in there breaking it down, but also gobs and gobs of grubs- excellent!

They’ve been a huge help for sure- the pile has been steadily cooking along at a mellow 80 to 90 degrees since its inception, which wouldn’t be hot enough to break down the contents so swiftly.

Once the temperature drops a bit more, I’m going to try transferring as many of the worms over to the big pile as I can…hoping that it’s thick enough to insulate them through the winter- we’ll see!

Vermithought for the day

One of the best things I ever did to improve my vermicomposting process was putting my weekly food scraps in the freezer for a few hours before adding them to my Worm Inn later.

It’ll keep the bugs down and it’ll help decompose the scraps a bit more through the freeze/thaw activity.

If you’re having bug issues in the summer, I recommend checking out my video How to Make a Fruit Fly Trap For Under Two Dollars .

How are your worms doing?

Maybe it’s time for a video.

More Worm Castings, Less Contaminants

Well that was quick- another big tray of worm castings.  The yellow bin is what I pulled yesterday, and the blue tub is my main container.

Recently I posted all the contaminants I found in my last batch– this time was much better, but I still missed a few fruit labels.

Quite an improvement over the last batch!

 

Vermicomposting a Dead Mouse?

The cat presented me with a mouse the other day, right when I was heading downstairs with my food scraps to the Worm Inn system.

I always put dead animals in my outdoor compost piles, but this time I wanted to try something different.

I added the mouse in the middle, followed by my week’s worth of food scraps and then additional bedding on top.

It’ll be interesting to harvest the worm castings in a few months…

Collecting Worm Castings…and the Other Stuff, Too.

Emptying the Worm Inn vermicomposting system is a breeze- check out the gorgeous castings!  I don’t miss my old worm bin at all.

The contaminants are pretty funny, too- a few fruit labels, a shredded envelope window, and some uncrushed eggshells didn’t make it.

Sifting out the extras is easy when using a basket with 1/4″ to 1/2″ spacing.

Are you getting the results you’d like with your worm bin or outdoor composting system?