Worm bin notes: The Woodlice move in

Bin 1. The progress of the bonus worms is moving along well. They’re at the top eating. Most look like they’re maybe an inch or so in length. There might be 20 or so in total. I did find 2 that were larger and think they must have been where I couldn’t see them. It looked like there might be a concentration of them in the soil I found them in so I’m surprised to see so few at this point.

I’m sure there is enough waste to feed on for several weeks and won’t add any until then. Considering the progress of waste consumption and number of worms I thought it would be good to move the potato skins over top of the old and newly added waste to act like leaf litter. It seems to work well for that. Helps keep up the moisture, provide shade from sunlight and edible waste.

As soon as that side is finished I’ll move the waste to the other half in an attempt to build it up. Curious about composting in general I’ve also tried to find information on the insects I find in my compost piles. One of those that seems to always be on-scene is the Armadillidium vulgare. Also known as role-poly, pill bug and others.

Recently I noticed pill bugs in a flower pot so I thought I’d add them to my experimental bin. I’d like to see how they influence and reproduce in a worm-bin setting. One of my thoughts was to see if they help keep house and eat other things like vegetable skins the worms don’t seem to have an interest in or have an difficult time consuming.

The video is little over 6 minutes with most of the details. I had recorded footage of the capture of the insects but cannot find it anywhere. So much for that. I’ll check the bin in 6-7 days then film an update. -13

Worm bin notes: Change of plans

Worm bin- 2, 3.  Bin 2, most of the waste is slowly settling.  The cleared side looks mostly cleaned out.  No odor.  Bin 3, recently added waste was settling into the compost, worms were in abundance.*  No odor.  Cleared off side is ready for more waste.  Since the broccoli funk is gone I’ll add more waste to that side in both bins.  Looks like I’ll need to add more to bin 3 since they’re eating at a rapid pace.  They must be on a sugar rush from all the mangos.

Wanted to document the details in the video below.

*Bin 3, added worms from bin 1 several months ago.  I had some cardboard that I use as a leaf litter substitute. At some point palmetto bugs had set up home in one piece.  I missed it and introduced then into bin 1.  Now I bake the cardboard before I introduce it to the bin to cook off and eggs or insects.

Worm bin notes: Spring cleaning

Quick follow up for bins 2 & 3. The video footage shows it clearly, things in the bin are getting back to normal. I was surprised to see how much they had cleared out. They ate the center of fresh cut potatoes that left what looked like over baked potato skins. Thought that was worth noting. Added cat hair about a month ago. Looks like I need to thin it out more.

Not a hint of foul odor from any of the bins. They usually don’t have much of an odor. I always find that interesting. The other surprise was the potato skins trying to grow.

They ate so much that I had to get mangos to feed both bins. I’ll check back in 5 days or so then post another video/blog. -13

Worm bin notes: No broccoli thank you!

After polluting the bins with broccoli I decided to document the clean up on video. Not all of it as the video is an afterthought. A few days have past and the clean up is working. Worms are moving throughout the bin and working. Looks like it’s mostly in the video. -13

Worm bin notes: Worms from Nowhere

Thought I’d make a video of the newly set up worm bin. It has been running for 2 plus weeks at this point. The bin was empty after I had introduced roaches into the bin on the cardboard I use to directly cover the substrate. I prefer it to shredded paper because I can quickly remove it and see/smell the condition when I want to.

The motivation to restart the bin came from finding infant size earth worm looking species in what I thought was sterile soil mixed last year stored in plastic bins. After counting 20 worms in a small area, I moved the small pile of soil and placed it on top of the moss prepared days before. Waited a few days then started to introduce vegetable waste.

The worms I found were at the top, mostly clustered in an old patch of oat and wheat grass I’d grown for our domestic cats munching on a mango. They had tripled in size. For now going to leave it as it is then add more wastes in a few weeks or so. -13

Worm bin notes: Ingredients

Pineapple- Added skin cutting/core of one pineapple, worms found within a day, completely consumed within a week in both bins. Next time I’ll either photo or video the experiment.

Onion- Added end pieces to both bins. At day 2 the underside had many of the smaller worms but the adults seemed to stay away. I’m sure they weren’t larvae of something else. Will take photos or video next time.

Broccoli- Added several stalks. Next day the odor was noticeable several feet away from the bin. I noticed that day the worms were all over the waste in the bin. By the next day they had all withdrawn below all of the waste they were feeding on. I removed as much as possible to the compost bin. Follow up will be in the next post. I’ll never put broccoli in my worm bins again, only the outdoor compost.

Cucumber- I didn’t think there would be any issues with cucumbers in the worm bin. I wasn’t sure the vinegar soaked ones would go over well so added one small slice in a couple of the corners of the bin. Surprisingly they had disappeared. There was about half a cucumber left so I divided it between the bins. By the 3rd day it was all gone. I’ve noticed that with most of the food the worms will be eating from the underside, but not with the cucumbers. Each time I’ve put it in the bin they are all over it.

Homemade, Do-It-Yourself, S&W J-Frame Moon Clip Holder – Carrier.

Uh-oh, another, thought I’d done this already! What the hell is going on in my head!

On topic!  Here is my Works-For-Me moon clip carrier.  Cannot believe how well it works!  For me.  Thinking mostly everything is in the video so I’ll make some brief notes here.

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S&W 642 J-Frame size.

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I had everything on hand for this project.  The medicine bottles, specimen tubes, hot melt glue and small screws.

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Tools required, some type of saw that will saw brittle plastics.  A way to drill.  A screwdriver.

 

 

The reason I didn’t make the specimen tube shorter (2″) is because the bullet part of the round came into contact with the tube lid.  In addition, the bottle seems to be tapered, so the further the rounds were inserted the tighter they became.  To much for a quick release.

 

 

Next ones I’ll make will use larger stainless screws.  So far I have not had any problems with these at all.  Currently I’m experimenting with bat grip tape wrapped around the bottle.  So far the results are promising but time will tell.  Let me know what you think.  Thank you for checking out my stuff.  -13

 

Here’s the video.