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How Serious Are You About Recycling Your Food Scraps II?

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Last weeks food scraps are this weeks castings!  The only thing that has not yet been processed is the whole pumpkin peeking through that was put in a few weeks ago.  It will eventually get eaten, but not until it starts to rot a little.  I just threw it in for kicks, knowing that it would be awhile before the pumpkin is eaten!

Note a few things:

1  I use LOTS of bedding.  That’s important in any worm composting system.  You cannot have too much bedding.

2. NO BUGS!  Mrs. Worm Dude would not be a happy camper if I had bug swarms in my garage!

3. The paper on top is dry.  Actually, I just added it this morning and have not even watered down my Worm Inn this week.  No matter though…the area with food scraps below is damp enough to keep my worms happy and healthy.  I’ll water down the system when I get around to it this evening.  The worms won’t care either way.

Why would I want a plastic bin?

How Serious Are You About Recycling Your Food Scraps?

Monday, October 11th, 2010


Last weekend my honey do list consisted of (Among other things), taking out the garbage.  For me, that means feeding my Worm Inn.

I thought readers would be interested in just how much I’m actually able to put in The Worm Inn.  

Everything in the picture went inside (Except not the plastic bags).  Let’s take a look at how things look this week……


The Worm Inn is “Really Cool”!

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

I received this email from Michelle C.  She just started composting with The Worm Inn:

Hi Jerry, just wanted to give you a quick wormy update that my worms are doing great and plowing through tons of food scraps.
The worm bin (The Worm Inn) is really cool- My friend’s kid is going to do a little project on it for his science class!
Have a great weekend!
Did you realize The Worm Inn can easily  pay for itself the first year? 
I normally harvest between 10-20 gallons of Worm Castings a year out of my Worm Inn.  Generally, castings will weight about 30 pounds for every 5 gallons.  Castings from The Worm Inn come out fluffier,  so I’d estimate Worm Inn castings weigh about 20 pounds for every 5 gallons.  This means a Worm Inn can easily produce 40-80 pounds of castings (Or more) in a year.
I sell castings for pickup at $20 for 10 pounds.  At this price, the castings coming out of my Worm Inn are worth $80-$160!
Normally, you pay extra to buy a product considered “GREEN”.
With the Worm Inn, you save Green to Make Green!

Alabama Jumpers are “Awesome”

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

You are looking at the world’s finest commercial worm for your garden, the Alabama Jumper!

What makes Jumpers so “Special” for your garden?

1.  Unlike Red Wigglers, European Nightcrawlers, and Canadian Nightcrawlers, Alabama Jumpers have a very tough skin.

2.  Unlike Red Wigglers and European Nightcrawlers,  Alabama Jumpers LOVE living in dirt.  From sandy loam to clay soil!

3.  Unlike Canadian Nightcrawlers that only survive in cool weather (Or your fridge), Alabama Jumpers are versatile.  They can live in warm temps, and they can tolerate ground freezes to 12 inches.

Throwing Red Wigglers in your soil is like burning money.  The Red Wigglers will only live in the top couple inches of compost.  As the compost goes away, so do the Red Wigglers.  Alabama Jumpers are different.  They live in the dirt and eat the organic(dead) material such as leaf litter or finished compost.  Because their skin is thick, they can traverse even heavy clay soil.

If you’re considering purchasing worms for your garden, now is a GREAT TIME.  Leaves are falling off the trees in abundance, so there is no excuse for not having plenty of leaf litter to throw on top of your soil to feed your jumpers!

Read what Griff H. said about the order of Jumpers he received today….

They (The Alabama Jumpers) are doing great. Those worms are awesome.

Get the right worm for the job.  Alabama Jumpers for your garden….ON SALE NOW!

My Friend Patricia’s Expertise + My Castings

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

What do you get when you combine a talented gardener, along with Worm Castings, natures perfect growth enhancer?  My friend Patricia has been using my castings for a long time, and every year she has great success with her garden.  What is REALLY amazing is the fact that this crop of tomato’s was grown during the coolest summer ever in Northern California!  If you know anyone in Northern California, ask them how their tomato’s turned out this year.  99.99% of people will tell you they had a horrible tomato harvest.

Does this harvest look horrible to you?

That was Then, This is Now!

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Last week I planted some lettuce seeds in my aerated floating raft system.  They started sprouting immediately.  When I say immediately, I mean IMMEDIATELY!  The very next day I could see the seeds opening, and nine days later, this is what they look like.

I made the mistake of placing too many seeds in each hole, and now I need to figure out if I should cull the growing lettuce, or just see how things play out?

If this system continues to progress like this, I’m going to be eating a LOT of salads by the end of the month!

I almost forgot..the red berries in the back holes are Goji Berries that I just pulled off my bush in the backyard.  I want to see if I can grow Goji Berry bushes hydroponically, so what better way to test them adding them here.

My Pumpkin Patch

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Still a long time before Halloween,  but I’m definitely ready for it.  These are the pumpkins I grew from just ONE plant in my backyard this year.  We won’t need to buy pumpkins for Jack O Lanterns,  and I’ll have LOTS of worm food!

The main reason I wanted to post this right away is because I just received some pictures from a friend of mine that grows vegetables using my castings as her fertilizer.  You’re not going to believe the pics!  I had to make sure I made my pumpkin post BEFORE showing her pics.  Anything posted after her pics is going to look….wimpy. 😉

Worm Addicts, Cast Your Vote!

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

I received an email from Michael Walker, a fellow “Worm Addict”.  

Pepsi is giving away $1,300,000 each month to fund great Green ideas

If Michael wins, he will receive $25,000 to fund his project.

Take a look, this is pretty interesting stuff….

I have a vermicomposting project on www.pepsirefresh.com and would love your vote.  Click on “refresh america” and type the word “worm” in the search icon at the top of the page to find me.  I know California and South Carolina are miles(maybe even worlds) apart, but I really need your help.  I believe if I can get committed people who like my idea to vote everyday, I could win.  If you like my project please encourage others to vote everyday.  Who better than the Worm Dude to stir up some votes.  Feel free to email me back.
Thank you,


To use a solar-powered worm bin facility to make vermicompost.

  • To reduce landfill waste by feeding organic waste to worms.
  • To give back to my community/local schools by recycling its waste.
  • To help local organic farmers by providing good compost.


In nature, organic waste like leaves, twigs, berries, even dead squirrels, gets recycled.  We produce 220 million tons of solid waste a year and at least 35% of this is organic waste.  Organic waste should never go into a landfill.

In a landfill, when waste decomposes it produces methane gas (BAD).  But, if organic waste is allowed to decompose aerobically, it produces compost (GOOD).  Compost adds healthy organic material and microorganisms to the soil.  Farmers love it!

Worms are very good aerators.  They love eating organic waste (fruits, vegetables, leaves, cardboard, paper, etc.).  Worms turn waste into wormpoop/vermicompost, a VERY GOOD soil compostThey eat half of their body weight every day, so 200lbs. of worms could eat 20 tons of waste in a year!

Industrial vermicomposting bins powered by renewable solar energy is an innovative way to turn waste into a resource. 

Here is the direct link to Michaels Project.  Don’t  forget to vote!


Dr. Frankenstein I presume?

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

You’re probably wondering, “What the heck is that”?….or, if you’re like my wife, you’re just shaking your head, realizing that it’s just me, experimenting as usual.

What I’ve got here is a combination of several popular projects.

1.  A raft system for growing lettuce.

2.  An aquaponics system using aerated water.

3.  A new technology, low wattage grow light.

4.  My proprietary all natural casting based mixture for growing hydroponic plants.

This summer, I grew a BUNCH of tomatoes (Outdoors) using my flood and drain hydroponic system.   What was really interesting is that even though my tomatoes grew like crazy, most other people in the Bay Area had little success with their crops due to the lack of warm weather on the West Coast.

I’m now taking my hydroponics system indoors, and to the next level.  Using a raft system in aerated water, combined with my proprietary grow mixture, I’m trying to grow lettuce indoors under grow lights.  If I’m successful, it will be a huge win, as not only is lettuce expensive in the store, nothing beats the taste of  “Fresh” lettuce.   You can see the “Tea Based” mixture bubbling up the side already.

Maybe “The Mad Scientist Dude” would be a more appropriate name. 😉

Stay tuned!

The Worm Inn Arrives in Tokyo, Japan!

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Yesterday, I received an email from Charles, an American, now living in Tokyo.   Awhile ago, Charles purchased a Worm Inn that was sent to his residence in Japan.  After working with The Worm Inn, Charles sent the following note:

This is Charles from Japan. I have received the worm inn and have
started using it. So far, it seems to be doing much better than the
plastic bin I had.

To date, The Worm Inn is composting worms in:

Asia. North America, Europe, Australia.  Just need customers in Africa, South America and Antartica and The Worm Inn will be on every continent!

If you want a better composting system, The Worm Inn is for you!   Customers around the world agree!