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.
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!
This is an excellent use of a compost tumbler- you’ll probably get better results using it as a worm bin!
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…
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’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.