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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?

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.  🙂

Summer Worm Composting: So Far, So Good

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.

Click here to learn more about the Worm Inn Mega system.

 

“Worms At Work” Play Pavilion

http://www.sacurrent.com/sanantonio/storybook-houses-brings-whimsical-favorites-to-the-san-antonio-botanical-garden/Content?oid=2514151

A few months ago, Lauran Drown got in touch and asked for some vermicomposting tips… and then she comes back with this:

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Worms At Work

Wow!  This is insane!  What an excellent way to show how worms work to naturally provide a necessary soil amendment.

These are the things that help inspire and create curiosity… if you’re in the San Antonio area, go check it out!

Learn more about what Lauran is up to at http://www.bucrane.com .

No Impact Man Vermicomposting

I just saw No Impact Man for the first time- can I get a late pass?

If you haven’t checked out this documentary it was actually pretty good.  Of course, I had serious doubts up front as I’ve gone through the peaks and troughs of studying environmental issues my whole life… but the family did a great job.

He called out recycling as not being a reliable solution, or where someone should think their responsibilities end.  All in all, he knew what he was talking about and he definitely put me in check, which felt great.

I was excited to see if he would implement a compost toilet system, or more predictably a worm bin since he lives in a NYC apartment.

He went with the latter, and it looks like it worked out for the most part.

In one scene later in the movie, he focuses on how there’s tons of bugs flying around… yep- this can happen!  While he didn’t provide any solution in the movie, I’m curious if he tried a vinegar & dish soap trap.

I’m surprised that he would get a bunch of flack for doing it… I see it as insecurities of everyone watching that now realizes they aren’t doing much to turn our issues around.

I challenge you to take one element from this movie and give it a shot… I’m going to try the pot-in-a-pot refrigerator.  I’ve heard about these in the past, but now I want to make it happen.

Also, I need to make my laundry detergent recipe better…more essential oils maybe?

My cooking skills suck, too… I can do better.  We can all do better.