Making My Worm Compost Bin

I made a video. Of course!

It's long. But it is, if I do say so myself, one of the most informative vermicompost videos that I've seen.

The only thing I want to add? I want to defend bacteria. They're not really the bad guys. Each tiny microbe has its role in the cycle of life. But for vermicomposting purposes, we don't want them to break down the food without oxygen. Many bacteria can use both aerobic pathways (with oxygen) or anaerobic pathways (without oxygen) to obtain the nutrients they need, but anaerobic decomposition creates compounds that, when large quantities build up, smell bad. Vermicomposting requires dampness, because the worms have to be moist to survive, so there's a tough balance between wetness and aeration (oxygen doesn't travel well through water). That's why I think it's important to include more than just newspaper and flyers in the bedding mix, so there's a complex yet moist matrix that allows good air flow so that the bacteria can use oxygen (they get more bang for their buck using oxygen, anyway).

Oh. Also. Why I put it in an area that doesn't get much sunlight? You don't want the bin to heat up too much. It won't be too good for the worms, and it might encourage the growth of microbes that we don't want. Also, I cut out the bits when I added a bit of shredded dry bedding on top. It's just another layer to help prevent bug problems. I do NOT want fruit flies in addition to fungus gnats! Although I haven't seen fungus gnats in a few weeks, I'm not chancing it!

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5 Responses to Making My Worm Compost Bin

  1. Outstanding!! Hands down one of the best informational sites I Have visited. Great Job man, Im learning alot. I almost want to live in an apartment again.

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  2. Looking good! I made my first casting harvest today. Boy, those wigglers are slimy! If you are eating meat of some sort you could add a bokashi compost too. It's a bit of investment, but well worth it since the fluid is an outstanding fertilizer.

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  3. I love quirky. There aren't nearly enough quirky blogs around.
    I'm still laughing from reading your comment on leafy chronicles. The cherry blossom post.

    Worms in such numbers put me off. I'll stick with leafmold and comfrey tea until I get brave.

    Any advice on snails? Getting rid of , not growing them.
    joco

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  4. LOL

    I'm kind of embarassed. But thanks, y'all!

    ATW--it's not worth moving into an apartment just for this! Besides, you can do everything inside your house in addition to everything outside. :-D Since I read your blog, and Rose's, and others, I'm only expanding my obsession with plants... It's a bad (expensive) thing!

    Rose--I now no longer eat meat unless it's on sushi or pizza or I just decide I want to. But in that case, there are no leftovers! LoL Bokashi seems interesting... But I like the idea of having a few thousand pets eating my trash for me. I really can't wait for my niece to visit again!

    .--I heart the word "quirky"! I am very much glad you enjoy my ramblings. Snails... Um... Start making escargot. I did a quick google, and I love the idea of digging shallow pans (like, paint-roller pans or somesuch) into the soil and filling them with stale beer. The snails will be attracted to the beer, but then fall in and drown.

    Luckily, I don't have a snail problem in my place... But I saw another fungus gnat about 20 minutes after I posted this saying that I haven't seen fungus gnats in weeks.

    I blame the Garden District's soil (no, never ME, of course not!). I'm going to have to Neem again.

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  5. I set up a 'snail lab' last year, and tested all sorts of anti-gastropod methods.
    The beer traps? They love them, but don't drown. The bluggers crawl out again and have renewed vigour to attack yet more of my plants.
    Tried the caffeine method: they bubble a little (percolate?) and then crawl into the most verdant plant nearby.
    jo

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