Wednesday, October 13, 2010

As the Worm Turns!

Let me tell you about vermicomposting....

I read a book called "Worms Eat My Garbage" and decided that I should have a kitchen vermicomposting bin (or worm composting bin). So I got a bin that was already going from one of my Interpreters. Realized that there were not enough worms, bought one pound of worms, dumped them in, and then started feeding them all of our kitchen scraps!

Then I realized that I still didn't have enough worms (we eat A LOT of fresh fruit and veggies - seriously, we spend so much $$ on fresh produce). So I set up another bin with fresh bedding, newspaper strips, and some food: egg shells, potato skin, brocolli stalk, and a rotten cucumber. I sprinkled in some dirt from the garden and this is what it looked like:

Then I opened my bag o'worms (yup, they ship 'em right to your door! 2,000 worms just for me and my kitchen scraps!)

And dumped them in!
Here's a close-up:

Here are two pictures from my alread established composting bin. You can see all the little wormies and the yummy produce they are chewing on.

And I found a cocoon!! Worm eggs look like this and 2 or 3 little tiny worms hatched out of that! So my worms are happy, healthy, and reproducing (don't ask me about the fruit flies...seriously...I may have to be committed if I can't get rid of the damn fruit flies!)


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Anonymous said...

Hi Amos,

I found this website and it has a few tips for the fruit fly problem...maybe one to try is microwaving the peels and stuff for one minute to kill the eggs before you put it in the bin.