I’ve been enjoying the Worm Inn Mega this summer with no issues, and it’s simply due to having ample cover material.
The Worm Inn Mega is big enough for there to be plenty of cover material to begin with…you can really load it up to prevent flying pests and also keep the worms busy.
I actually have a hard time filling it up because the worms are just mowing through the material- Capacity really makes the whole process a lot easier.
I just realized that you might not have heard about this system…
Have you seen the Worm Inn Mega yet? Check out my dorky review below for more information… this is my top recommendation for those of you out there looking to compost at home but lack the outdoor space.
Vermicomposting made simple.
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.
Here’s a neat video on how to screen worm compost. Cassandra keeps it simple in this video and has some nice results. I do pretty much the same thing, except my screen is a repurposed basket with a piece of wire mesh placed in the bottom.
She makes mention of running a fan over the top of the castings when you first harvest them…it’s true- when you first remove your castings and put the worms back, the stuff is so gooey that a screen doesn’t work so well. Drying them out just a bit will help, although I wouldn’t want to dry them too much and risk losing some of their benefit.
I’ve been getting a lot of email regarding how to empty the Worm Inn composting system: How do you get the castings out? How do you keep the worms from escaping? Do you have to screen through all the material you just put in? All questions with super simple answers.
Since worms eat the material from the bottom up, they leave behind their precious castings. As you can see in the video, you simply open the drawstrings and take them out. If you find a worm, you’ve reached the end of your castings and you simply put the worm back in the top of the Worm Inn.
There may be an odd piece of unprocessed material as you dig through the castings, but as with the worms, just put them back in the top and let the worms eat it later.
Simple! I love this thing. This really is the easiest worm system to work with out there.
The Worm Inn makes vermicomposting a no-brainer…it can handle more material, more effectively. Yep, it really is that simple.
The main difference between the Worm Inn and a plastic bin is the breathability… no matter how many holes you drill in a plastic bin, it won’t equal the awesomeness of a Cordura sack. Now, I’m not hating on plastic bins by any means…they’re great to get a handle on the process and they do work. However, you’ll be able to process a lot more waste with the Inn, plain and simple.
The other main factor, while not as important to me as you hardcore gardeners, is the castings. Plastic bins are obviously not easy to work with, while the Inn is as simple as opening a drawstring. I’ll be posting videos on this in the coming months for sure. As I said before, I will be giving gardening a try this year although i have no space. Which is another reason I love vermicomposting…anyone in the smallest living situation can use one of these and handle their waste with ease.
So today I completed the Worm Inn, and I didn’t even use the stand anyway.
I went out and got the piping to build the stand, spent the time cutting it with my new vise that I hardly use, and had a lot of fun doing it. While I was cutting it, I realized that I don’t really need it. Hanging it from the ceiling was cool enough, and then I found a killer spot for it:
BAM! So good. This area of my basement was filled with junk, and now it’s transformed into my waste processing station. How cool is that? So now I’m left with a stand…who wants it?
My review of the Worm Inn can be found HERE.