Even if I don't have a steady garden, I'm used to check Gayla Trail's webpage yougrowgirl
. The first time I ever saw a vermicomposting bin was, when I was checking her tutorials. Since then, some years have passed, I moved to my appartment with my boyfriend, where I'm free to experiment in gardening and recycling ideas.
When I saw the worm bin bag of Amy Youngs
we decided to start to vermicomposting, but it took a while until we could find all the materials. One useful comment was to use a laundry bag construction
instead of wood. Ikea-Antonius stand: 5,5euros. Searching recycled polyester felt was no less difficult than looking for a teletransportation unit. We gave up, looked for other alternatives like heavy duty disposal bag (available only in white and a horrible yellow), garbage bag (to cover around the white bag). Finally we spotted a fabric store where they sell (normal) polyester felt
, the same colour on instructables, a very beautiful violet. (5 euros/meter) Shoelaces and lace stops
costs another few euros, but maybe you can find this on your teenager clothes. To be sure we've bought 2 meters and headed to the only house we could have found a sewing machine
: my boyfriends mom! After having my first sewing machine lessons, and countless help, we finished one double layered bag and sewed another smaller one with the rest of the fabric.
After a shallow search on internet, I decided to buy worms from a bait shop
. (2,5 euros for a container as big as a womans punch) Today I know that there is a EF store in nord Italy and I can order 5000 worms for 60euros + cargo. It's a huge amount but it seems like I'll share the rest.
To start my vermicomposter I've bought two containers, I guess with less than 50 worms. They seem like mature, healthy EFs. Check the pictures and tell me if I'm right.
I've just started on 8th of may. I've let them wait for one day with only newspaper bedding and then fed them a mix of veggie, rotten apple and tomatoe. 11th of may tomatoe peels and 15th of may 3 banana peels. Only the first mix seems unrecognizable now, tomatoe skins and the green tops are still there, without any fleshy part. Banana peels became an unrecognizable black stuff, doesn't stink but I can feel that they are still intact.
I'm afraid of overfeeding
after having seen the photos of protein poisoning
, as I have a very few amount of worms. Since then I did just spread tap water everyday. If I add too much, it drips to the container under the bag, no need to fear of making them drown. To see if they are ok, I play a lot in the bag. But this way all the bedding and compost are so mixed, I'm afraid i have to wait to harvest that they finish eating also the bedding.
After reading some articles and seeing that the newspaper gets intact, I decided to add shredded egg carton. And maybe it's time to add a bit of salad now. Just a little bit for a 50 worms colony.
My only concern is that there are new guys in town now, white and red mites and springtails, I guess. Just because I've read somewhere that this is their normal habitat, I don't panic (until any of you say to panic)!
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