Thursday, March 8, 2012

Worm Composting

One of the first things I'm setting up is my Worm Factory worm composter. I just picked up 1,000 worms from a local supplier, McCrawls Redworms, and moved them into their new home. Now, all our veggie waste will go to feeding the worms, and in turn, they will help create some nutrient rich worm castings for my container garden. Since the worms prefer the dark, I'll keep them in the garage where they'll be happier.

After letting them settle into their new surroundings for a day, I gave them their first meal. I keep a plastic container in the fridge and fill it with chopped up veggie scraps every time I cook. When it gets full, it's time to feed the worms.

They say a pound of worms can process about 1/2 pound of scraps per day. If this is the case, I need to start eating more vegetables. Since the worms are in a new location, I'll feed them once a week until they get settled and start reproducing. After a few weeks, I'll add more feeding times. I also want to make that I don't attract flies. If I overfeed, the flies will probably appear. We'll see how it goes.

And hey! Here's a great video made by the manufacturers of the Worm Factory.


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