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Happy New Year to all. Hope all your holiday vermicomposting dreams came true over the holidays. We are back in the swing of things here on campus getting ready to harvest some awesome vermicompost that has come to perfection over the holidays. We are also ramping up a few science fair experiments using the worms and vermi-tea. Exciting times! To add to that excitement, imagine my surprise when I found out that some of the local worms had moved into some of our outdoor bins! Woo hoo! However it was not quite what we expected when we set it all up in the Fall. From my previous posts, you may know that we have guinea pigs here on campus and that we collect the manure and bedding to feed the worms. Also makes for some good bedding material as the bedding is cellulose ...the same stuff that egg cartons are made of. We clean the cage, rinse the bedding and then set it out in the back 40 to dry. Then we store the manure/bedding in a closed container to feed the worms at a later date.
Here is a pic of the container we store the manure/bedding in. It has a snap on lid as well...pretty secure...or so we thought. Imagine our surprise when I went to get some bedding as we were sprucing up the worm bins and found not one, not 2, but a whole family of worms had taken up residence in this manure bin!
Pics of new residents in manure bin.
After thinking it over, the best explanation we came up with is that at some time while the bedding was outside in the open drying, the locals decided that it would be a cool place to visit and then they decided to stay. Perhaps after one of our recent rains they were making a run for it and found worm-vana!
They seem to like it despite the less than ideal conditions. This bin in NOT opaque, though there is a large supply of food. It also sits outside and never comes inside to warm up at all! Go figure. I am just going to leave them there and see what happens. I guess in the end, just leaving the worms to go about their business is the best policy after all.