So my red wigglers are back in action now that winter is over and it’s warmer in the house again. A few days ago I put an eaten peach in the bin (there was a good amount of peach left on the pit). Day by day over about 3-5 days I could see the progress. Each day there would be another section of the pit that was completely stripped clean of and remaining peach. As you can see now there is absolutely no peach left. I really am amazed just how quickly they ate it all up!
It might be a little hard to pick out because it’s become a little discolored, but the cleaned off pit is in the bottom center of this picture. It happened so quickly!
My plan was going to be to wait to put anything more into the bin until we got the new part of our family juicer. My original plan has been to mainly put juicer pulp into the bin as I really thought it would be the perfect food for worm composting. The trick is now that the worms are so active they really need something to eat. Over the winter having little to no food in the bin wasn’t really an issue, but now they need to eat. So as you can tell from the picture above I’ve been throwing in some miscellaneous scraps that normally would have gone in the trash. Banana peels, watermelon rind, strawberry tops, etc. Also as you’ll see in this more updated picture there is some other stuff we have to add as well…
Some of the harder stuff like carrots and the watermelon rind are going to take a while to get eaten. Worms don’t have teeth, so the food needs to soften up first before they get ingest it. In time though, they’ll get to it. I’ll be curious to see if they always go to the softer food when there is multiple options in the bin?
So the part for the juicer came in yesterday, and I have added one batch of juicer pulp. I do want to wait until most if not all the food in the bin is gone and then weigh the pulp that I add to see just how quickly they are going to eat it. But really I knew they were probably really hungry and I wanted to make sure they were fed. So added a batch of pulp, and then next time they are low on food, I’ll weight the pulp and add it a bit more scientifically.
There is soon going to be another bin at our house as well. I ordered 250 or Uncle Jim’s super worms. They are supposed to be bigger then the red wigglers, yet not huge like Canadian worms like you typically buy for fishing bait. So this bin is going to be really for he fishing bait for me and the boys. I would have bought more of them because we are going to start taking some for fishing pretty often and right away. If the population gets too low I’ll have to order some more. But they were a bit expensive, so I figure I’ll got with 250 for now. Uncle Jim’s site says that while they are bigger then red wigglers, they still are really good composters, and breed relatively quickly. So my hope is that there will be some breeding before we take too many for bait, and it’ll get us through the summer. Then before it gets too cold in the fall/early winter, they can really get to breeding, and by next year we’ll have tons in the bin.