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I Got the Gardening Bug…bad!

Saturday, December 11th, 2010



This fall, I got the gardening bug….bad!   This is the “Bug” that makes you spend all your waking hours learning about various gardening techniques, things that you can buy for gardening, how to get the greatest yields, etc. 

Of course, as soon as I plant my crops, we get record low temps (Below freezing in California is definitely not the norm), and days and days of dreary, rainy weather.  I guess I should be thankful for the rainy weather, but considering I just spent a ton of money installing a custom drip system for my beds,  the rainy weather did nothing but stop ME from going outside and enjoying my new garden! 



My plants have all received their liberal dose of Worm Castings, and are doing incredibly well…..except for the tropical pineapples that I planted as I hoped for summer temps all winter…duh… 

Anyway, I’ve got some fun new things to show everyone coming up.   Stay Tuned!



Friday, December 10th, 2010

In order to make sure your Red Wigglers arrive happy and healthy for the Holidays, listed below is the 2010 Holiday Redworm  Shipping Schedule:

Please contact me about holiday shipping dates on nightcrawlers at TheWormDude@Comcast.net


Shipping Saturday December 18th for Christmas Week.

Please turn in these orders by Thursday, December 16th.

This will give the packages some extra time to arrive before Christmas in case of delays.




Shipping Monday December 27th for New Years.

Please turn in these orders by Friday, December 24th.

There will be fewer packages in the system this week, so I would not expect significant delays.




What Customers are Saying About The Worm Inn

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Everyone LOVES The Worm Inn.  The customers that started with plastic systems love it even more. 😉

Here’s a note from my friend Jason, a definite Worm Inn fan!

I look at a lot of videos of large scale commercial vermicomposting operations such as Sunburst Biotech, Worm Power, and American Resource Recovery.  All of them go to a lot of trouble it seems to get the materials ready such as composting, shredding, saturating with water then squeezing it out.  One thing I like about The Worm Inn is you just throw in the material whole with little fuss.  I do shred paper, but I remember having a few newspaper sheets that I balled up in my hands and threw in my Worm Inn and the worms ate it no problem.  I still find the large scale vermicomposters fascinating in the volumes they process, but they use a lot of energy, machinery, and fuss to get materials ready initially.

 Thanks Jason, I couldn’t have said it better!

The Worm Inn 36 Apple Experiment….and MORE!

Sunday, December 5th, 2010


It’s been several weeks since I added 36 small apples in various stages of decay to my Worm Inn.   We’ve had a record cold November, with several evenings below freezing …(OK, don’t laugh,  that’s cold for California).  Because of the cold temps,  many of the apples still have not yet broken down, although the ones that were more rotted have.  In addition to the apples, I’ve added a medium sized pumpkin, and continue to add our weekly waste.  How are the worms handling all this in The Worm Inn? 

You tell me 🙂

Man Invents Machine That Turns Plastic Into Oil

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

This has absolutely nothing to do with worms, but it has everything to do with saving the earth! Check it out and let me know what you think. I believe you will agree this is VERY cool!


36 Apple Worm Inn Experiment

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

We just had three nights of freezing temperatures!  Unusual for Northern California.    I thought this would be the perfect time to check on my Worm Inn.  It’s currently loaded with 36 rotting apples!  As I opened The Worm Inn, I took note of how it looked. 

No bugs…check. 

No smell…check.

As I moved some of the bedding covering the apples, the worms looked great.  They were active and lively.  It looked like the apples still had not broken down.

..until I picked up a couple of them.

The apples were starting to get mushy.  Not sewage type rot as if sitting in a garbage can, but they were getting soft and starting to release moisture.  Perfect for the worms.

I then poked around just to make sure there were no problems. 

The apples were breaking down nicely…worms galore around the apples….everything looks great.

Never one to be satisfied with the norm, I decided to throw in ANOTHER whole pumpkin.  Doesn’t get much easier than this…and no moving parts. 😉

Interesting pH Facts

Friday, November 26th, 2010

What’s my latest passion?   Learning everything I can about gardening.  Not just any type of gardening,  but also cool and interesting exotic fruits and vegetables that can be grown in our California Mediterranean climate.

Using Worm castings has defenitely accelerated the gardening experience…once you use some Worm Dudee on you plants and see the results…you’re hooked.

Here are some interesting pH facts.  Just a reminder, the pH scale is logarithmic (And counterintuitive), so a substance with a pH of 5 is ten times more acidic than one with a pH of 6.

Check out the pH level of some of these items.

8.5  Baking Soda                         

8.2  Seawater                              

7.5  Human Blood                     

4.5  Tomato Juice                    

3.1  Apples                                  

2.5  Vinegar                                

1  Battery Acid            

If you’re wondering how these pH numbers have anything to do with raising worms, remember my recent Worm Inn post where I’m currently composting 36 apples!  Updates coming!            

*From the book, Organic Gardening for Dummies

Moisture Levels – How The Worm Inn Self Regulates Moisture

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Here’s an exerpt from Kmin10’s question on watering The Worm Inn.

Hi Jerry,

I moved my worms from the Wriggly Wranch to my new Worm Inn about a week ago.  So far, so good. The worms are swarming around mushy pumpkin. I’ve seen 2-3 gnats, but no mites (infestation averted). LOVE the Worm Inn!

When I first changed from the Wriggly Wranch to the Worm Inn,  a lot of leachate drained out (at least 4 cups of water overnight).  My poor worms were drowning in the plastic bin!   Now, there isn’t as much leachate coming out (about 1 cup every 2-3 days), but how much should there be?   The worms get mostly fruit scraps (melon rind, banana peel, apple/pear bits, etc.), all frozen and thawed so it’s mushy. I moisten the bedding with a spray bottle every couple of days and try not to overfeed. My question is how can I tell if the moisture level is right between the moisture from the food and the misting?

You’ve done a great job describing the moisture difference between The Worm Inn and a plastic system. The great thing about The Worm Inn is, that as long as it doesn’t completely dry out throughout, it doesn’t matter! About the only way you could make it completely dry out is if you stop feeding scraps and stop watering! The scraps you are feeding are constantly releasing water. This water release keeps the bedding damp around the ”Sweet Spot” of The Worm Inn. In this case, the moisture level is determined by the amount and type of scraps that you are feeding your worms. Although the top will dry out if you do not add additional water for a bit, it doesn’t matter.

I’ll usually water my Worm Inn once a week or so, depending on what scraps I have inside. I recently buried 36 apples in my Inn, and they are releasing water as they break down.   Absolutely no smell, no bugs, and the worms are all over them.

One thing you will notice is how much more lively your worms are in the Worm Inn.   They get sluggish when kept in plastic bins at times due to too much retained moisture, which restricts air flow.

The beauty of The Worm Inn is it’s simplicity.   If you under water, you will notice the worms hanging around the moisture pockets in the ”Sweet Spot”.   If you over water, the exess drains within minutes and moisture levels become perfect within minutes.

Things That Make You Want To Cry!

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Your first question is, “Why are we looking at rotting pumpkins laying on the ground”?  

Your next question is likely,  “Why not just add them to Your Worm Inn”?

My last blog post shows my Worm Inn filled with 36 decomposting apples.  Could I add these rotting pumpkins to my Inn at the same time?  Probably. 

Would I likely not have enough room for bedding in my Worm Inn?  Probably.

What happens when you don’t leave enough room for bedding?  You got it, BUGS!

Although The Worm Inn is The Best Commercial Worm Composter on the market,  if you don’t add enough bedding to ANY worm composting system, you will attract flying bugs.  It’s just nature….the smell of rotting vegetation will attract bugs.

Although we can beat Mother Nature by covering the rotting vegetation with plenty of bedding (So the bugs cannot smell the rotting vegetation),  if we get greedy and  throw every scrap in the neighborhood into a Worm composting system and forget to include a nice deep layer of bedding,  bugs will come……

If you want to process every scrap in the neighborhood and have room for bedding, that’s fine.  Just get TWO Worm Inn’s! 😉

Why The Worm Inn Composts Better Than ANY other Commercial Worm System!

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Ever go on an apple eating binge, and just happen to have about 3 dozen apples go bad on you at the same time?  Me neither…I’ve never gone on an apple eating binge in my life. 🙂

Actually a buddy of mine has a large apple tree loaded with apples.  He brought a bunch over, and of course the first question I asked was, “Got any rotten ones”?   After a momentary strange look, he realized where I was going with this question, and the next day brought over 3 dozen rotting apples!  SCORE!

I put the rotten apples in my Worm Inn (See pic above), and covered them with plenty of bedding.  A week later, the apples are just starting to break down slowly and naturally, just as they would if they were laying on the ground.  The worms are starting to attack the apples, and soon, I will need more worm food for The Inn.

Now…compare this with putting 3 dozen rotting apples in a plastic bin with little air flow.  That’s the recipe for apple vinegar, and a great way to heat up your bedding and off gas your worms.   For all you new Worm people…heating up your bedding or off gassing your worms = DEAD WORMS.

If you have had a plastic worm bin for any length of time, you’re probably shaking your head up and down right now.  Although this would be a worm massacre in a plastic bin, it’s just another week in the life of The Worm Inn!    Either I’ve got some magic worms or a perfect worm composting system….You decide!