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I blend a lot of my food to feed my red wigglers and the earthworms

About once a week we clean out the refrigerator and throw away all the vegetables and fruits that are going bad, we fill up about two plastic bags per week. We have a very heavy duty blender (600 watts), I fill up the blender jar about 3/4 way and fill it up to about an inch below the top with water. The blender generally mixes up everything into very fine size in about 30 seconds. Every now and then, especially for carrots and tough roots, I need to run the blender for one minute. The secret is water, the more water and the less kitchen scraps, the better the blending. One thing about using a blender is that I can now blend corn cobs and they really do worms a world of good, and now they break down quickly. If it's not on the forbidden list I blend it.

If I am feeding my red wigglers I pour everything into a strainer, then I roll the mass that's left around inside the strainer behind to drain out more water... then I squeeze the mass between my gloved hands before I carry it all to the worm factory. I try to pull out little pieces and distribute all the pieces as much as possible, then I cover the whole thing with hand shredded newspapers and leaves. The biggest problem is keeping everything loose so that the air can circulate a bit so I don't get anaerobic bacteria. When I check on the red wigglers I check to see if any clumps are stuck together, I try to break them up now and then, once a week or so, just to keep it fresh.

I never said I had a worm factory for earthworms, they're in my lawn, that's how I have such a healthy green and thick lawn. After I've blended kitchen scraps like above I don't drain the mess, I walk to the front lawn and throw it right on the lawn. I do this until all the kitchen scraps are gone. Be CAREFUL to use a lot of water, otherwise you'll get this thick gooey mass on your lawn. After I'm finally done blending all the kitchen scraps I turn on the garden hose and rinse the blended kitchen scraps into the grass. Later, our brown friends come to the surface and munch away, drag it below ground, who knows, but it works. My idea is that the earthworms surface, primarily during the evenings and the nights and drag scraps of food down below. I'm not sure if they use the same tunnels, but the books all say they dig up and down in the soil beneath my lawn, this keeps the soil aerated and fertilized. The only thing I also add to my lawn is a soil conditioner called Rich Earth, it contains humic acide (humates) which provide trace materials not found in commercial fertilizers. ...and darn, my lawn is great! I've completely stopped using commercial fertilizers, my lawn is the greenest and healthiest around.

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Comment by Nic on December 11, 2009 at 3:29pm
bentley on blends his scraps with bedding instead of water(i think). it would be forbidden for me-parents
Comment by Joel Harding on December 11, 2009 at 3:31pm
Oh... I mean in the blender, otherwise the blade will just twirl around and not cut up the scraps and I don't want to cut it all up just to put kitchen scraps in a blender. Good advice, I got the same word from Bentley to take the final blended and drained kitchen scraps and mix that up with bedding, which is what I do.
Comment by John V. Anderson on December 22, 2009 at 9:45am
It is truly a shame we waste so much food from simply over buying, but it is not a total waste if we feed it to the turf and its inhabitants. I have been using my garbage disposal that I disconnected from the plumbing and placed a bucket under it since the nineties. You can run a little water to flush while your grinding and they get fed junk-mail and many of the forbidden list (chicken bones, moldy cheese, dressed salad)things can go in there also as they are blended with carbon sources. It as had no detrimental effect on this free range wormcomposting method you so cleverly describe. Worm are a straw with muslces and it must but turned into a smoothie before the can injest it whether it be us, fungi, bacteria, springtails or otherwise it must be done. Our way has much bigger foot print though. Return to the earth what is hers. Starve a landkill feed a worm. Outlaw garbage disposals that are connected to the sewers. If we don't think and act differently then we get the same result. "Waste is not a waste until we take the action of wasting it"
Comment by Joel Harding on December 22, 2009 at 10:35am
Excellent points, John! I've never tried putting chicken bones through my garbage disposal... my wife is probably going to scream at me when I try that this week... if it works well I'll rig up a way to collect the scraps instead of letting them go down the drain. I like that: Feed a worm, starve a landfill.


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