Vermicompost Experiment: Update 16, Bins 2 & 3


Hello everyone it’s unit 13 here on
scene at the homestead. I’m gonna start off the update with this snapshot here
of the cardboard in the bin. This is what I use to cover the worms with after I’ve
done anything inside the bin. I use several layers of it four to five
different layers of cardboard that’s been recycled, and as, as it gets moisture
on it it starts getting eaten by the worms. So what we’re looking at here
isn’t a piece of cardboard that’s covered with dirt it’s actually dirt
showing through where the cardboard has been eaten. And that, that’s, that’s why I
use it. It’s also been recommended to use with worms. So far I haven’t had any
problems and in this little section of video here it’s clear to see that they
are eating it or consuming it and that, in the different stages of it. There’s
worms in there and then some of the other insects that also dwell inside
here. I just wanted to demonstrate that so people who might want to check this
video out could see what happens with the cardboard. So there’s no surprises.
And there’s just a clear image of what it looks like after it’s been in there
with the worms for a while. Back to the bins. Gonna start off here
what the bin looked like May 28th. Here’s what it looks like almost a month later
on June 24th. I can’t believe that much time has gone by. That is not how much
time I usually wait before getting into the bin but it had plenty of food to
keep them alive. Now I’m over here demonstrating with the end of my compost thermometer how deep the castings are in there. Switching over to the bin and working inside here. I’m going to note that today
the ambient temperature according to the local weather is 90 degrees and
according to the compost thermometer it is an 80 degree temperature vermicompost bin. However I don’t believe that to be correct, because when I touch it it feels
like it’s more in the 70 degree range or less. It feels cool to the touch
so there’s some inaccuracy here. I’m not sure where because I’ve tested this
thermometer against a calibrated thermometer and it’s spot-on accurate so
I don’t know why there’s a discrepancy. That aside what I’ve started doing in
here is as, as you can see, is I’ve started to dig up the worms. My plan here
is to get inside this bin and pull up all the stuff in the bottom to the top,
to see what’s going on in there. I want to see how many worms I have or if
there’s been a mass die-off. As that dig down through here it starts becoming apparent for instance, down in the right hand corner there, there are a couple of
pieces of, a couple of pieces of potato skin. That’s more towards the
bottom. There was just part of a avocado and cantaloupe skin that came up from
under the soil there up on the upper-left corner that’s
visible. Just gonna rake through this slowly try not to hurt any worms if
possible. And stir this material up. This is what
it looks like at the bottom of my compost bins before I do any casting
removal. That, that’s all fully composted material. The only thing left that will
be in there is either a rubber band, a little twist tie, or some labels that
didn’t get taken off some of the vegetables I toss in there. I know that
it’s going to get filtered out later. Now there’s that seed deep below the
surface and it’s starting to germinate with no light getting to it.
I say based on my experience that whatever seed it is it really likes this
environment and it wants to germinate. It seems like it’s ideal because it seems
as if no matter what seed I put into this, any of these bins. It’ll start
germinating if it gets whatever amount of light. I’m not sure, that’s really
confusing. As we can see here that this being is it’s full of worms. Everybody’s
healthy and active according to what it looks like. And when I stirred up this
bin what becomes really obvious is it just smells like freshly dug earth. Then
what I’m going to do is just even out by hand, the top surface. And do a high-speed feeding at the end. Originally for this bin I had in mind that I was going to try to do some, get them to feed them on one side and get them to migrate. But since I see how many worms are in there, I believe it’ll be difficult to get that many worms up into that space. So I’m not going to try
that I’m gonna do a different method where I take them out and sort through
them that way. I’ll do another video on that. Okay. Here we are bin 3. Go back to May
28th. Nearly a month ago. I can’t believe that much times gone by it’s really a
surprise. Here today which is June 24th. We have an ambient temperature of 90
degrees still and this thermometer is showing about 81 degrees on the
temperature inside this bin. I touched that with my bare hand again, same thing,
it’s very cool to the touch. So there’s some inaccuracy, I’m gonna, inaccuracy there. I’m going to use a digital thermometer next time. Here I am
digging down in the side there. And as is visible, it’s clear to see that there’ll
be different vegetable or fruit skins under, underneath the surface here that
started at the surface. There’s potato skin they’re kind of in the middle.
There’s some avocado over there. And as we’ll see as I dig into this, okay here’s
a piece of the a piece of label that gets in there. I’m just gonna try to get
these worms off before I toss it into a little trash behind me there. Oh good
it’s gone. Back to those avocado skins. I’m really amazed at how that stuff will start at the top of the bin and slowly work its way to the bottom. It
shows how much those worms will move this dirt around. That’s probably one of
the most impressive things I’ve seen here besides how much they can eat in a
short period of time. This whole vermicompost experiment has
actually been very fascinating and educational it’s been very
fun. There’s a part of one of those avocados skins that are down below there. And um, they seem to like to be inside stuff, like this like this avocado skin. I’m
trying to think of another skin. Oh if those mango skins make it below the
surface you’ll find them in there as well. So I don’t quite get that seems
like they, they like that for some reason. It’s, it’s really interesting. Because
I’ll always find worms in situations like that. I don’t know if it’s visible
there, but there’s that avocados skin that just got turned over from that last
bit. And I don’t think I show it in the video, video here but, they’re, it’s just got
a bunch of worms in it. They’re, they’re kind of funny creatures. They have their own
preferences. There’s my lights I think they go off after about 20 or 30 minutes
they auto-shutoff. I want to turn those back on so we have
enough light in here. Pretty interesting to see huh? That thing is full of worms Probably within the next few weeks I’ll
try to get some of that compost out of there or the castings. And quite
possibly start bin one again. The issue is always wether I’ll have
enough food to feed them all without having to go buy something. Right now,
this time of the year we have our mango tree going insane out there. It’s
produced so many mangos that I’ve actually had to put them in our normal
outdoor backyard compost bin that I use for table scraps, raw meat, bones anything that I, eggs, anything that I don’t want a my normal or not
normal but in my vermi, vermicompost bin. And then I’m just gonna rake it down
sort of flat there, level. Level it out a little bit. Because it’ll drastically
change over the next few weeks. Had a lot of extra waste here this time. There’s quite a bit that built up over
the last few weeks. There’s some really nasty stuff in there that I had forgot
out, outside. I was going to do this a week ago but got busy and couldn’t do it
so there was some stuff that set outside it’s pretty rank. But I think it’s
probably the first thing that they’ll eat because a lot of this stuff it will
have to decompose beforehand. Before they’ll actually eat it. It has to start
decomposing. Okay that’s update 16 for worm bin 2 & 3. This is unit 13 I’m out.

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