Well, it’s been almost two weeks since I got my vermicompost bin set up! If you missed the original post, Adventures in Vermicomposting, where I described setting up my vermicompost bin for the first time, you can see it here.
I took some pictures today to show you all how my worms (who I’ve named The Snickersons) are coming along.
I decided to put my vermicompost bin in my dining room. But, it actually works really well in there, as you can see!
The cool thing about the Can O Worms Composter is that there’s no smell. I mean, you seriously can’t even tell it’s a worm composter.
The Snickersons seem to be doing really well. Lots of them stay on the surface of the first tray. And, I’m starting to get a few castings, which is the black looking dirt.
I haven’t added much food to the second tray. Come to think of it, I haven’t really added ANY after the first container of scraps I put in there on the very first day.
Things have gotten REALLY moldy in there from those scraps, though. There’s green mold, white mold, and even some mold that looks like flyaway old-lady hair. But, that’s what the worms eat. They love that mold.
Some of them have started moving up to the second tray.
I think I’m going to start adding more food to the second tray now that they seemed to have gotten settled. My question to you wonderful seasoned vermicomposters is this: how full does that second tray need to be? As you can see, it’s not “full” of bedding like the first tray is. Everything in there is kind of just loose and jumbled about.
Is this ok, or should there be more newspaper or food in there?
I’d love to get more worms into that second tray, since there’s not many in there now.
Also, should I be fluffing up the bedding in the first tray(the first tray is the second picture, where most of the worms are) with some kind of garden fork, or should I just leave it alone?
Have any of you started vermicomposting? If so, I’d love to hear about your adventures! So far, I love this. I have to resist the urge all the time to open up the trays and peek on them!