"I process more than half of my food waste using the Bokashi fermentation method.This involves a range of both anaerpboc and aerobic microbes in an innoculant which is added to rice bran. The rice bran is dried and containes the microbes.
"Larry, they also use worms to clear land of heavy metals in India. The worms ingest and then keep the heavy metals. 6-9 months later they take out all of the worms from the plot (talk about labor intensive!) They can then use the land for crops…"
"For what it's worth, I've been keeping scraps in an old cookie jar lined with grocery-store plastic produce bags. They often get pretty rotty before they get popped into the freezer, and even more rotty as they thaw before feeding.…"
"So I'd been hearing for a long time that plastic worm bins (I've got the Worm Factory 360) tend to get wet. When I only had one tray, I didn't understand how tha could be; it was a hot summer and I found I had to add paper towels…"
"Good point. I've come across a few papers on using E. fetida to process human waste products. It sounds like they have a pretty high tolerance for all sorts of toxic material. All I can say is that I've given my worms mush that sounds like…"
"I know that some anaerobic bacteria -- most famously botulism -- leave toxins behind that can still be dangerous, even if the bacteria themselves die when exposed to air. So I know it's a really bad idea for humans to eat food that's been…"
"I am no expert, but I believe that once you removed the food from what may have been an anareobic system, the microbes that were anaerobic either died or switched back to aerobic respiration.
I also wonder how long it takes bacteria to make a closed…"
"Robert O. pointed out sometime ago that anaerobic bacteria (by definition) die when exposed to air. I spread my stinky pre-rot mush in a 1" layer and cover with lots of top bedding (leaves in my case, but shredded paper works). Like you've…"
I know that bad smells coming from a worm bin can indicate overfeeding or toxic conditions, but what about pre-rotting food under anaerobic conditions? Is that actively bad for the worms, or do people try to rot scraps aerobically because they're just more pleasant to deal with when they don't completely reek? I came back to the coworking space after a four-day weekend to discover that the tupperware container I use to collect worm donations had been filled with various lovely vegetable scraps…See More
"I recently started using damp paper towels instead of damp newspaper for the very top layer of my Worm Factory 360. It's been pretty hot, but the bin is in the kitchen, so I figure as long as the humans aren't keeling over, the worms…"
"Hi, I asked this question on the "Worm Factory" group, but didn't get a definitive answer, so I thought I'd ask here too. I've had about a pound of worms (actually a little less, since some died in transport) going for one…"
A group for people who use the Wriggly Wranch (and others stackable tray) worm bin to talk about / share experiences.I figured there might be enough intricacies specific to the Wriggly Wranch (and every other model of worm bin) to warrant a groupSee More
55 gallon barrels, trash cans, wheeled bins, bags, or whatever else you've thought of to turn into a flow through bin!A group to discuss ideas on the making of and maintenance of flow through worm bins.See More