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.
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.
A few months ago, Lauran Drown got in touch and asked for some vermicomposting tips… and then she comes back with this:
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 .
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.
After creating my video, I was shown a video of an indoor teracotta pot composting system in India that truly works…she’s a pro!
Check it out here:
While my video was referring specifically to a full sized compost bin or compost tumbler being set up indoors, which would be a mess… she’s circumvented that with the stacking kambha system. I’m very tempted to re-create this system.
Give composting your best shot through the winter season- have some fun and get creative!
Thanks for watching!
Over the last few months, I’ve refined what I give the worms to mostly juicer waste and a fair bit of dampened cardboard as a cover material.
I’ve definitely seen them become more plump and/or healthy looking in general.
I got worried for a bit when I was focusing on my compost toilet efforts a bit obsessively through the winter to ensure my pile cooked through the near zero degree temperatures.
Now that the pile is killing off every pathogen in sight by maintaining a constant 120-130F, I can give the worms their deserved attention.
Since I neglected them, I’m just keeping it simple with juicer waste… I feel like it definitely revitalized the population.
Beforehand, I was throwing all kinds of crap at them such as wax paper and other paper products that most likely had a plastic liner embedded in them.
Of course, the worms didn’t like that junk and hunkered down far away from the stuff and didn’t appear healthy.
Material size/surface area definitely matters. Eliminating plastic content really makes them happy, too.
I’m a pretty boring eater- I’ve eaten roughly five different things in rotation all the time for as long as I can remember.
I don’t know if the worms hate me for it, but I’m keeping their diet equally boring and watching them stay healthy instead of throwing curves and feeling weird about it.
Welcome back, worms!