Yes, it really is this simple- find some stuff, make it into a pen, add leaves and food scraps.
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?
It’s been six months since I’ve emptied the Worm Inn system– I admit I forgot about the worms for a bit, but now I have a ton of castings.
Every time I empty the Worm Inn, I’m always so impressed with the quality of the castings compared to the results from a standard worm bin.
When looking at the outlying “contaminants”, it’s like looking back in time at mistakes that were made- as you can see, I have a few!
- I’m such a stickler about removing labels from fruit, but I guess I wasn’t on a few occasions. Luckily, these are easy to spot.
2. All those plastic shreds were clearly from an envelope that has a plastic window. I like to shred my paper, but I must have shredded a whole junk mail envelope without looking inside to remove a return envelope. Whoops!
3. I read everywhere that worms like crushed egg shells… clearly I haven’t tried that yet. I’m going to crush these egg shells as fine as I can and then throw them back in.
The screening process is pretty easy- Empty the castings until some unprocessed food or worms pop up, then throw them back in the top of the system and zip up the bottom.
I have a wire basket that I dump the castings through, which removes the larger pieces.
Video to come shortly. 🙂
I love watching the steam come off his pile while he turns it…funny how he thinks it’s too hot- it isn’t.
Watching him turn the pile makes my back hurt!
Interesting observation about straw and hay being difficult for his chickens to rummage through. I’d still take those materials over wood chips, but I’ve seen wood chips work a few times, even in videos I just previously posted.
I’m long overdue for some sawdust dumpster diving… time to make a video? 🙂
That pile looks crazy dense, but based on the contents he should get some results. I hope he adds food scraps and leaves.
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Here’s an excellent video on composting using huge piles… if you can compost like this, do it- it’s the easiest and yields the best stuff.
Wow, I started this thing over a year ago and I still haven’t filled it up.
While I usually add to my big cubic yard sized bin, the can’s been getting attention too.
How is this working? Honestly, I was surprised this system would work this well due to its limited size.
Then I remembered that it’s basically the same capacity as a compost tumbler, without the tumbling function…which isn’t needed.
My major finding is that simply leaving the lid off and getting it soaked every few days is enough to keep this thing going smoothly.
Dry piles are slow piles, and compost craves moisture- I found that the warmer months dried out my can quicker with the lid on…try it out- pests aren’t an issue with this system.
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Cover your food scraps! Each time you add food scraps, cover them up with a layer of browns. That’s it- the earth’s oldest process is hassle-free.
I walked around in this alley and had a look inside all of the trash cans.
The majority were for recyclables, but the ones that were trash, were mostly organic materials… this is going to be the case if you don’t compost.
Notice how much of a mess this alley is? It smelled pretty rank, too.
Not that I care it smells, but the smells could be completely avoided by adding a trash can of another kind used for compost.
This alley is one block from a public park full of leaves and dead plants (cover materials). Get creative and divert your organics…I promise you it isn’t hard, and the rewards are beyond satisfying.