Side Quest 1: Indoor Composting
By Big Dave from SLN
From the Garden Experiment Blog Series
It's been a while since I did a garden experiment update.
Recently, we tore out many of the old dead plants in the office and replanted the boxes with one of two things: flowers that seem to do better in cooler weather, and spinach/parsley, since spinach does so well here.
My next mini-experiment doesn't take place in the office though. Instead, it's something I have at home. Indoor composting.
I've heard that indoor composting can be done with earthworms - usually the "red wriggler variety", but other worms can work too. I'm using a batch of nightcrawlers I got from PetSmart.
The basic idea is that you create a small bin for composting with wet paper and cardboard as a sort of bedding, and organic material (veggie scraps, teabags, etc) added for the worms to eat. You also should have some method of ventilation, but also a way to keep the worms from escaping. In my case, I put some mesh cupboard liner over the top of my bin and left the cover partially open.
My main motivation is that as a part of my healthy lifestyle, I plan to eat more veggies. Hopefully now I can be a bit more green and boost my gardening street cred by both using veggie scraps, and by using the worm castings as fertilizer/dirt supply for future plantings of spinach and other goodies. If you want to compost but don't have outdoor space to use, consider giving indoor composting with worms (sometimes called vermicomposting) a try!