Sunday, 3 June 2007
Brockley permaculture update
Friday, 1 June 2007
Friday, 25 May 2007
Moving down under...
Added today: Potato peelings, kiwi fruit skins, apple skin, parsnip, lettuce, radish stalks
Saturday, 19 May 2007
Monday, 14 May 2007
Tuesday, 8 May 2007
Composting bin update
It looks as though I have my first funghi in the bin aswell!
Added: stalks from home grown mixed leaf lettuce
The vermicomposting cycle is complete!
Monday, 7 May 2007
Saturday, 5 May 2007
Brockley permaculture update...we have food!
Thursday, 3 May 2007
Tuesday, 24 April 2007
Brockley permaculture update...
Tuesday, 10 April 2007
Monday, 2 April 2007
Vermiculture cycle progress update
Friday, 30 March 2007
Monday, 26 March 2007
Sunday, 18 March 2007
Sunday, 11 March 2007
Monday, 5 March 2007
Added: leek, potato peelings, kiwi fruit skins, parsnip peelings, used teabags, onion skins, newspaper shreddings, banana skins
Wednesday, 28 February 2007
Sunday, 25 February 2007
Monday, 19 February 2007
A head count or rather weight estimate of the worms revealed that the population has more than doubled to over a 1000 worms now. Whilst sorting the vermicompost and worms I came across many eggs which I saved and also quite a few centipedes, needless to say they didn't survive the cull.
the last image before harvesting
sorting through the worm bin
I found lots of these stalks which are from the end of bananas and found that the younger worms absolutely love them. i had assumed that they wouldn't like them too much because they're so hard when they go in the worm bin but when they're like this you can understand why they love them because of all the fibrous material contained within it.
I decided to re-organise the worm bin so that they're was hardly any soil in it and that it was comprised of newspaper and cardboarding shreddings and food. This way I will get a more accurate calculation of just how much vermicompost they can produce. The vermicompost from the worm bin that has been harvested will now be used to grow more food (see next update!)
Thursday, 8 February 2007
Sunday, 4 February 2007
Friday, 26 January 2007
Thursday, 18 January 2007
Friday, 12 January 2007
Terrorists strike the worm bin?
'Millipedes are detritivores, earth's natural recyclers. They feed on plants and animals that have died, which recycles nutrients back into the soil much faster than waiting for the plant or animal to decompose naturally.'
However whilst millipedes appear to be a good thing centipedes are not; they like eating worms and it appears that they don't take to kindly to human contact either:
'Centipedes bite. They have strong jaws that inject venom into their victims. A centipede bite is a very painful and unforgettable experience. The affected area will become increasingly painful, inflamed, and will secrete pus. You'll be sorry if you attempt to touch or handle this creature.'
If I do have centipedes then should I risk my precious hands or let nature take it's cause?!
Worryingly as the image shows below it looks like part of a worm has had an unfortunate incident resulting in loss of (part of) body. Initial investigations by the Worm Police Department (WPD) suggest that there are two possible suspects; firstly a gang of (potentially) centipedes roaming the worm bin set upon the poor worm while he/she wasn't looking, or secondly human intervention at feeding time could have resulted in 'accidental limb severing'. The investigation continues.
Waste added today: it was all a bit mushy and smelly but i think there were probably potato peelings, onion skins, apple cores, teabags and lettuce leaves in there.
Tuesday, 9 January 2007
a little full perhaps?
Sunday, 7 January 2007
Added today: potato, carrot, onion peelings, teabags
Saturday, 6 January 2007
All is well...
I am also going to place the waste daily in a rotation system as I have quite a backlog of waste to get rid of which is starting to smell a bit!
Food added: Carrot, potato, apple peelings, teabags
Friday, 5 January 2007
2007: The year of free worm love?
FACT: In one year two mature worms can produce 1,500 worms per year in ideal conditions
A new year, a new approach...
The book also suggests that you can just add organic waste when you have it, using the rotational placement system and not worry too much about how much food is in the bin. I have also decided that it would be a good idea to place waste at the front of the bin next to the perspex sheet so that I can observe the worms eating the food and get a good idea of how long it takes for certain foods to decompose (see above).
Organic waste added: green beans, onion skins, banana skins, lettuce, potato peelings, normal teabags, roasehip infusion teabags, nettle tea leaves, carrot peelings, crushed egg shells.
Whilst carrying out the soil removal I came across many new members of the bin and some which could have been no more than a week old (see images below) and see the video!
Sunday, 17 December 2006
Christmas cheer is here!
Today the worms got a special Christmas treat with the addition of some paper which had been shredded just the way they love it, all long and thin so they can wrap themselves up in it to their hearts content.
Monday, 11 December 2006
The first newborn!
Seen: a very young worm. Probably born in the last couple of weeks; about 20-30mm in length.
exclusive new shots of the first sighting of new eisenia fetida!
Maintenance: As mentioned previously the bottom section of the box had filled up with earth and consequently some worms had made their way down to the great abyss alas a rescue/maintenance operation was in need. I took the box apart and cleaned and reorganised, spreading the new food added in an evenly spread layer.
Wednesday, 6 December 2006
Nature expands further...
Added: potato peelings, broccoli offcuts, teabags, onion skins
Seen: baby centipede!
Thursday, 30 November 2006
Monday, 27 November 2006
Vermicomposter in good health...