I’ve got WORMS!

I’ve got WORMS!

Oct 15

In doing our research for this blog, many of the resources talk not only about making better choices when it comes to sustainable food but making better choices that impact the environment in general. This helped prompt me to start a bigger better garden, to recycle and reuse a bit more and generally be a bit greener. Which makes sense, if I am going to make choices to positively impact the effects on the environment when it comes to food, why wouldn’t I make similar choices when it comes to other areas of green living?

My first major decision to live a little greener, was to start a vermicompost. Traditional composts use the heat from the sun and microorganisms to break down the food and garden scraps, but a vermicompost uses worms to process the scraps. I went to the store, bought two 10 gallon rubbermaid storage containers and made my own worm composting bin (instructions here), then I went to the website of Kazarie Worm Farm and ordered 1lb. or about 1000 red wiggler worms, which arrived on my front step Wednesday afternoon.

Our vermicomposting bin should be able to handle about 6 lbs of food scraps a week, which should be fine for the two of us. The worms will supposedly double in population every 4-5 months and ideally I should have about 5,000 worms in order for my bin to be the most effective. Since the bin is kept inside (worms die in temperatures too cold or too hot) I am a bit dubious about having 5,000 worms in the house, especially if they find a way to wriggle out of the bin. I hope this all goes well, but the kicker will be the smell. Everything I have read said that the bin shouldn’t smell, and so far so good, it just smells earthy. But if it ever does smell stinky and rotten, then the worms are outta here. Hopefully, it will never come to that and instead in 6 months, when John and I plant our summer veggies, we will have luscious, nutrient-rich compost to plant in.

3 comments

  1. P.S. If that’s a Dumb & Dumber reference, I love it. :D

  2. Super cool!!! :) Are you putting these on a deck or in your actual house? I started composting outdoors last year and am considering moving my current pile into a vermicomposting indoor setup in the basement. My pile did smell when it got too wet, or when my husband was a (loveable) moron and put bread scraps in there- they mold and stink very quickly. I can’t wait to hear updates on how yours goes!

    • Laura V.

      My bin is currently inside, in our laundry room. When the weather gets a bit cooler here in Florida and stays under about 80 degrees during the day I may move it outside for the winter, but it’ll have to come back in if temperatures get too cold/hot. It has been since Wednesday evening that we started it and still no smell. Which is surprising to me since I had been saving up a couple days of food scraps before I started my bin, and the scraps had gotten a bit oozey and smelled awful when I put them in the bin. But once the worms got to work and the scraps were covered by the worm bedding (i.e. newspaper), no more smell!

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