Thursday, March 21, 2019

Worm farm

Got a few minutes? Care to see something weird?

Here's the thing: we juicing types produce a lot of scrap vegetative pulp and it's a crime against nature to send all that bulk down the sink disposer. It's perfect food for worms. And worm castings are perfect food for gardens. Otherwise the scraps are perfectly perfect for composting. It's wet food mush and fiber.

The comments to this video are highly appreciative, much more so than you'd imagine. And the whole time I was thinking, "Dude, what's going on with your teeth?" I bet he chews tobacco or something. None of the commenters mentioned that. His channel has a lot of garden related videos along with canning and other self-sufficiency things. He also has a short rant video about police being overly decked out compared to unarmed protestors but I dropped it 1/4 of the way through. He has a strange YouTube channel with a few off-the-wall things.

But still more grounded than mine.

Commenters think of dozens of alternatives for each element using this as basic idea.

I think my juicer's scraps would be even more worm-accessible than his large chunky scraps. And fruit flies can slip right through his burlap screening.

So far, composting at home in an apartment seems impractical. (Impractical as his glass containers for worm castings.) This could be an alternative to composting. But then what does one do through the winter, bring it all inside? I'm not sure I can be that dedicated.


chickelit said...

Where do you get the worms? I recently dug a 1 x 4 x 2 trench pit for composting adjunct to the garden. I always thought the worms spontaneously generated. I'm composting a lot of citrus so I'll bet I need the pH balancer as well.

Chip Ahoy said...

Notice the guy has a cup of worms that he bought.

Search [worms red wrigglers]

I searched [Denver worms red wrigglers] and got local results.

However, for your compost pile, the worms do show up by themselves. They're attracted to your compost material. Since your compost is touching the ground.

But worms are repelled by certain compost materials until they break down further and change by fungal activity and by microbiotic activity. For example, they don't like pineapple scraps and they don't like citrus scraps. If you mix those things throughout the compost then the worms will work more slowly. If you dump them in a single spot, the worms will simply avoid the area until microbes break them down further.

In weather extremes the worms will be in the area of the compost pile most comfortable to them.

If you add food to the compost then they'll go to that within a few hours.

I became a worm expert last night by watching this video. It's a bizarre subject and it's a long video but I found it interesting all the way through.

Youtube: John Kohler, Organic Solutions

Now I'm so g.d. worm-smart it isn't even funny. And I mean it. It's obnoxious.

All the information that applies to worm farming also applies to composting and also applies to soil amendments to get the soil active with 1) fungal activity 2) microbe activity 3) rich in trace minerals.

The video is John Kohler showing up at the best worm casting place that he's found. He goes into impressive detail of each step of the commercial process. At one point he sits in front of an array of bins containing all the additives the owner of Organic Solutions uses to make the best worm castings. All those elements in small amounts also make the best compost and also make the best soil amendments, also make the best fertilizers.

I searched each element to see where to buy them. Then I checked each one on Amazon. Everything is there and available to buy. I read all the reviews. People f'k'n RAVE about the effects of each element especially the ones that John emphasizes.

So all that tells me to not add any chemicals to adjust anything, rather, adjust the balance using the things that the worm farmers use. All of that information is in the video.

For example, As you know, compost is 50% nitrogen-based elements such as food scraps, and 50% carbon-based elements such as mulched branch trimmings.

Everything used to enhance compost and to balance compost is available in elemental form. All of those elements help worms thrive. Worms and compost are made for each other..

After going all through his place, John introduces the owner of Organic Solutions, an old fellow with white hair such as myself, an ex-landscaper who took up with a business partner to research the best thing for soils. He talks about worms in a way I had never heard anyone speak of such things besides David Attenborough. His fascination about worms is interesting to me. He really loves worms and he gives them what they need, what compost needs, what gardens need, and that's why his product is the best. For example, the kelp that he feeds his worms is an expensive element.

Whereas other worm breeders such as bait shops will feed their worms oatmeal.

The owner of Organic Solutions knows the worms used for their castings need elements that help them digest the other things in the compost. Compost makers know the organic elements beyond NPK numbers that plants need to thrive. By thrive, they mean develop sound roots, strong stems, pest resistance, drought resistance, great photosynthesis, improved functioning, best blooming, best production, best yields. Growers who buy the composting elements separately then make tea from them and spay it on foliage or water their plants with it, or add the solids directly to soils have their minds blown by immediate observable results. They say so in Amazon reviews.