Introduction to 30 vermicomposting worms in a small bin
I love experimenting and growing vermicomposting worms. For that, I do a lot of research and I follow quite a few vermicomposters, pro or amateur, online and offline. One Youtube channel I follow quite a bit is that of London worms and garden. I don’t know if that channel is professional or amateur but I know he does know a lot about worms and if you’re interested in worm farming I would highly advise you to follow his channel.
“all cardboard” bin
London worms and garden did an experiment with an “all cardboard” bin. He put 30 vermicomposting worms in a small bin with only cardboard as medium to eat and live in. I am almost copying the experiment. The only difference, If I understand it right, is that I am adding frozen and then thawed vegetables from time to time where he started of with a small amount of composted guinea pig bedding and otherwise nothing but cardboard. So the worms should survive in this “cardboard only” bin and according to the success of London worms and garden, they should really thrive in there. If I understood correctly what happened, the worms should be multiplying like crazy and go from 30 to about 500 or 600 in 5 months. On the other hand, red worm composting has done a similar experiment with a totally different result. Could it be the difference of vermicomposting worm? Or is there something going on with the cardboard? Or maybe it’s just good luck versus bad luck. I don’t really know the answer. But I do want to see what the experiment does for me.
This made me really interested as I grow worms to go fishing and I do need a lot of worms in one single fishing trip. If I had the possibility to grow enough worms for myself and maybe some friends, that would be magnificent.
My current problem is the amount of bedding I need and the amount of food. If I have the possibility to grow 600 worms from 30 worms in 5 months. Imagine if I start up my 30 bins with cardboard.
I should say, I have a big difference with the experiment I do, I don’t use euro’s to do the experiment. I think he used dendro’s (eisenia hortensis) for the experiment. I use red wigglers. But I will do the same experiment with dendro’s in the near future.
If I have enough worms I can start experimenting to fatten up the worms and see what happens.
Fattening worms isn’t all that easy either, especially when using peat moss. So, I’m thinking of using cardboard bedding instead of peatmoss. That would be less expensive and easier to maintain. In the cardboard, I should be able to keep them for a longer period then the maximum 2 weeks before the peatmoss turns bad.
It is very much possible that the worms will already be fattened in about 2 weeks but I really have to check that out.
The experiment is almost in week 3
My “cardboard only” experiment is in week three, at this moment. So, I think I’ll make a new blog post and a video when I go through the bin for the first time after 3 weeks.
So, in about a week, I’ll have a new video and probably a blog post about the 3th week of the red wigglers . I really don’t know what’s happening in the tub at the moment as I only spray the upper layer of cardboard with water when it dries out.
Thanks for reading and see you in about a week.