The worms have arrived!
Our composter is finally populated with Red Wigglers, the Cadillac of worms
(I was going to call this post: "we have worms!" but people around here are getting tired of that joke.)
Suhujitha and I have been very excited to have a functioning worm chalet in the office. Everyone else, it seems, has been either neutral or disturbed by the idea that we would be composting our office waste using this method. We are apparently a fruit- eating office here and since the City of Toronto doesn't pick up green bins from businesses, our compost waste ends up in the trash. Well, not any more.
Our worms arrived late Friday afternoon. Cathy Nesbitt of Cathy's Crawly Composters came by after her workshops in the city to bring supplies and to teach us how to take care of them. Unfortunately, Suhujitha wasn't here at that point and the people left here were not all that keen to go digging in a pail of worms, so I got the lesson and documented the worm care.
As an aside, it's funny how some people are weirded out by the simple knowledge that there are worms in a grey box in the corner of the office. It's not like they are running around freely (and it's not like they have legs). Honestly, if one of us didn't tell you what the grey bin in the corner was, you'd never know. You can see in the photo to the right, just how unassuming it is; I circled it in the photo to make it more obvious. Anyway, back to the worm lesson.
The worm chalet is an indoor/outdoor composter model that can be expanded upwards. We have three tiers or trays on hand, starting with the one and equipped for growth. When you add a new layer to the chalet, you have to give the worms something moist to stay in as a basis (shredded paper, earth for grit as they have no teeth, lime for ph balance, and the pulped coconut husk base). It also serves as base food for the worms until you have enough organic waste. Then you add your compostables to the mix. You only have to go through this process once per layer.
are some photos, from getting the bedding ready, through adding the worms, to a couple of shots showing how to take care of
the chalet on an on-going basis. After the pictures, there is information you need to know about your worms and
tips for maintaining a chalet indoors.
Worm care for composters
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