from potato bin to worm bin, at least for a while

Introduction to my temporary worm bin

I have some people who donate their kitchen scraps to me so I can make compost and feed my worm bin s.

An old lady, who always donates with a smile, gave me some old potatoes that were showing some shoots. She didn’t want them anymore because they were no longer edible. So, I gladly accepted and I planted the potatoes in 2 of my bins. That’s how the story starts.

 

growing potato plants

two bins filled with potato plants

I had enough potatoes to grow 2 square meter of potatoes, that’s the same as two of my big white bins. So I planted the potatoes and they grew like hell.

good story, sad story

My potatoes did well for quite a while, but…
A week or 2 ago, summer hit us at full force. Hot temperatures, really dry weather, a lot of wind drying out the soil. And one of my bins had a serious problem. All the plants were wilting.

After a short inspection on the bin that was turning bad, I found out the potato disease hit my plants so I had to harvest them quite fast.

harvested potatoes from potato bin

Luckily for me the bad story of the potatoes wasn’t all bad. I had a pretty good harvest. And I found something really weird.


tiny composting worms

In the harvested potato bin, I found a lot of really tiny composting worms. Really weird, because I didn’t expect anything to survive in the soil due to the drought. Seems like they did anyways. But they were burried deep down in the soil. And although the worms were really tiny (not even an inch long), they were adults.

temporary worm bin

Story from a vermicomposter

The fact that I found really tiny, adult composting worms made me think of a story I read somewhere on the internet. I got to that story thanks to Bentley, the compostguy, Christy.

A long story short. It seems that composting worms can survive in the soil but due to the lack of food and the higher density of the soil, the worms will shrink and adapt to the environment.  I don’t really know if that’s true but someone said so and I found really tiny worms. So why not test it.

Newspaper and cardboard

So, now I added newspaper and cardboard on top of the bin and I soaked the bin really well. The worms will come towards the top of the soil and find a habitat in the shredded newspaper. By feeding them, I hope, they will grow out to their original size and I’ll be able to harvest them and put them in another specific worm bin.

will it work???

I don’t know whether my story will be a succes story but I’ll surely keep you updated on the proces and the evolution of that system. For now the bin will be a worm bin until I can harvest the worms or until the worms have died.

conclusion

So, if I’m able to grow the worms to their original size and I can make them lay cocoons, the story I once read should be the truth after all (I did have my thoughts about it and sometimes it wasn’t really credible). I’m still searching for the original story because I really want you to read that story too( although, it’s quite a long story). If you’re in the vermicomposting, it will certainly entertain you. And maybe you’ll pick up a few things you didn’t know yet.

That’s it for this post. I hope you found it interesting. If so, please share with friends and family. I can surely use your help to give me some exposure. Thanks for reading and see you in my next post.

update:

I found the website that spoke about a big amount of worms in a small bin.
Follow the link if you want to read it.

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