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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?

Lots and Lots of Worm Poop – Now What?

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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!

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  1. 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.

The resulting materials are those excellent castings we all yearn for… if you’re having any challenges with vermicomposting, the Worm Inn really makes the whole process pretty easy.

Video to come shortly.  🙂

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.

How do you Empty the Worm Inn? (video)

How Do You Empty the Worm Inn?

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 Secret to Simple Vermicomposting: The Worm Inn

The Worm Inn Mega 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 Mega 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.

Getting started with the Worm Inn Pt. 2

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.

Getting started with the Worm Inn Pt. 1

All right, I can’t wait any longer.

I should have a review up by the end of this weekend (Review can be found by clicking HERE).  Get this: With my order I got the optional stand kit which consists of corners and zipties, and then you go to your local hardware store for the 3/4″ pipe lengths (It makes shipping easier for the Worm Inn guy).  I went to two hardware stores, and neither would cut the pipe into the lengths I needed.

My advice for you bikers out there, is to have someone drive you so you can pick up the 10′ long pipes, or take a hacksaw and tape measure with you and cut the pieces on your own outside the building.  I, of course, did neither so now I’m stuck waiting impatiently for tomorrow so I can get the pieces and get this thing rolling.

In the meantime, I hung it from my ceiling, and now I’m wondering if I even want the stand anyway… what do you think?  It kinda takes up more space, but at the same time it’s doing its job:

Eh, I’m in no hurry to get the piping now… this thing rules either way.  Major thumbs up for ease of setup and use.

Worm Inn review coming soon…

I started realizing how much I miss composting outside as we’ve had a lot of frigid, crappy weather over the last week or two.  The worms have really become friends of mine… I like to put my ear right up to the surface and listen to them wriggle around and munch.

I also noticed that being a household of one, I still feel like I can overwhelm my worm bin at times…so what should I do?  Order a Worm Inn and another pound of red wigglers, that’s what.  I heard about the Worm Inn from Bentley Christie of course, and I was instantly curious:

Check out Bentley’s Worm Inn overfeeding video series starting here… I was sold!  Yes, he’s being deliberately obnoxious with the amount of material he’s putting in, but nonetheless they gobble through it with no issues.

Worm Inn Vermicomposting System

There’s plenty of advantages to using the Worm Inn that I’ve observed…I’m not a worm bin hater by any means, but it’s pretty obvious that they don’t get the proper aeration that a cordura sack does.  What’s cool about these, is that they also retain moisture and let worm castings drop out of the bottom…in a worm bin, you’re digging around and the results are a bit soggy.

Again, bins are great too…I just built a few as gifts for people to try out.  However, I need to step my game up as I’d like to use the castings and also be able to process more material.

I will definitely have a (nerdy) product review of the Inn to share with you as soon as I get it (CLICK HERE for review).  Other videos in the pipeline include observing how the worms felt about eating condoms, creating a compost sieve, adding dog food to your compost, and a series of digging through other people’s trash looking for compostable opportunities.

Until next time, keep it dirty!  And stay warm.

a quick worm update.

I haven’t fed the worms in over two weeks, now they’re finally starting to show their faces a bit more each time I open the lid… they’re eating away from their castings and towards the surface.  As of yet, they haven’t chowed down on the condom I put in there, but the mites/springtails are all over it.

While cutting a tomato into smaller pieces over top of the worm bin, my dumb ass cut my finger.  I hope they like blood.  Whatever.

I’m so psyched for the spring so I can put some of my worms into the compost tumbler… winter sucks.

How to Build a Worm Bin In Under 15 Minutes (video)

How To Build A Worm Composting Bin In Under 15 Minutes

Woohoo!  I just made a new worm bin. I’m going to go ahead and call it a “Bentley Bin”, which I named after Bentley Christie of http://www.redwormcomposting.com . He’s the true master of vermicomposting, and I highly recommend checking him out to learn everything there is to know about worms.

Hit the Like button for the video and leave a comment for me!

I’ll be posting updates once I get my worms, which should be in about a week.