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Diced up corn "waste"

This is all from a single corn on the cob. It is amazing the relative size of the discarded bits of a corn on the cob vs the part we eat.

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Comment by Asha on July 23, 2008 at 10:23pm
Thats a lot of effort. Isn't cutting up the cob quite difficult? That's why my cobs stay as is in the bin :)
Comment by Steven Chow on July 23, 2008 at 11:03pm
Yeah.. it was a lot of work. I had to basically saw through it with that knife to get it into pieces of that size. Not sure I'm going to be doing that again. I just was curious to see how long it would take to break down if diced up first so I thought I'd run this little experiment.
Comment by Nimya on March 14, 2010 at 7:43pm
Just wondering if before you gave the corn to the worms, did you give it to the worms as appears in the photo or did you let the corn decay first?
Comment by Steven Chow on March 14, 2010 at 11:27pm
I just put it in fresh and let it decay in the worm bin. I'd read a couple different opinions as to what the worms actually eat (i.e. one source mentioned worms actually eat the organisms that hangout on decaying plant matter rather than the matter itself, while another source I read mentioned that worms primarily eat the organic matter itself).

Part of the decision came down to practicality for me rather than the above. Just easier for me to take care of my plant matter right way and put it in there fresh. If you find out fresh vs decaying is much preferable over the other please do let me know though. Thanks.

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