Monday, February 2, 2009

Worm Bin Maintenance

This weekend I finally got up the guts to take a long, hard look inside the worm bin. I'm not afraid of worms, but I am disconcerted by the mold and other wee beasties I have seen in there. So rather than acting like an ostrich and sticking my head in the proverbial sand, I decided to stick it in the worm castings.

The bin actually looked pretty healthy, but aside from a few hard to eat eggshells and large chunks of very old bread, the worms were out of eats. I took the opportunity to give them a fresh layer of bedding as well. I used shredded paper that I have been toting home from the office, dunked it in water, squeezed, fluffed, y voila! Then we added some dumpstered salad greens that were a little past their prime.

We also harvested a large amount of "compost tea"--the liquid that drains out of the worm bin. This stuff is great for your plants, in small doses. While I was draining the compost tea, I noticed that there were a fair amount of worms stuck in the watery mess, so I broke out an old colander and rescued the vast majority of them. I wonder how long some of them had been wriggling around in there...

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