- Bedding Materials - I'm all for cardboard, newspaper, office paper, junk mail, toilet paper and even to a lesser degree glossy paper. As long as the paper is not plastic coated, it's usually good enough for me. I don't even fuss about the color of the ink.
- Bedding Level - A lot of sites use 2/3 of the container as a guideline. For me, since I just put a limited number of worms in a bin, my bedding's usually just an inch thick and I haven't had any problems with that.
- Drainage Holes - I don't like my bins leaking on the floor and so about 90% of my bins have no drainage. I just control the moisture coming in. I've had no problems whatsoever. If I find the bin a little too wet, I just leave the lid off during the day to let some water evaporate.
- Citrus, Garlic, Overfeeding - Both are typically in the Don't Feed list, but until recently I didn't have an opinion. My worms have been behaving differently lately (sticking to the sides of the bin) and some have even died in the bin (very unusual). The only thing I did recently was to stuff my bin with a week's worth of peelings (unusual since I don't have a lot of worms). I just wanted to give it a try. So it's either the type or quantity of my last feeding that brought about this death and fear.
- Dairy - I shower in a couple of drops of old milk from my glass before washing it. Perhaps it's the minimal volume, but I haven't seen any negative effects.
- Mixing Food and Bedding - I like it that my worms have air so I mix things up in my bin very regularly. I haven't seen any bad effects.
- Humanure - The worms finished two separate samples in under a week each. I guess they like it.
- Coffee Grounds - I don't think my worms enjoy these
- Feeding in Sections - I just put the food anywhere I want. I do try to cover the food with processed material or bedding to prevent it from smelling.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Going Against Vermicomposting Norms
If you read the 1,720,209 blog entries on creating worm bins, you'll probably discover that a lot of them are copied word for word. It's crazy how much info we rip from each other in the Internet. Nonetheless, I followed a lot of the rules. In my short experience with African Nightcrawler vermicomposting, here are some personal opinions: