Ta-da! I would like to introduce my first large-scale worm composting system! I only partly-permanently injured my back making this thing, which is a 6'x12' flow-through worm composter. You can see by the pics that my carpentry may be a tad lacking (note the lack of support beams on this thing... it's quite wobbly). However, the friendly folks at the warehouse were more than happy to tell me where I went wrong, and I will soon be stabilizing it with diagonal beams on the sides and reinforcing the ropes along the bottom. My hope is that this system will allow me to breed a ton of worms, feed from the top without any mixing, harvest pure castings from the bottom, and provide tons of airflow for my little buddies. My good neighbors over at the West Oakland Greening Project (fancier website soon to come courtesy of yours truly) are making me a second one that looks just the same as this one. If these monster composters work, then in a few months I'll have a fleet.
While I'm waiting, I have dumped out every single smaller bin I have and have created windrows. I was trying to explain to my masseuse friend last night just WHY my back is such a mess. It took a lot of gesturing and mathematical calculation for me to get across the fact that I have 400 square feet of manure piled two feet high which requires constant attention and turning. She was horrified.
And speaking of horrified, yesterday at the warehouse involved a black widow spider (if you listen really closely, you can probably still hear me screaming) AND a ridiculously friendly rat. These are two occupational hazards I was really not counting on. It's a good thing my neighbors are 1. Men, and 2. Have really big feet.
The holidays were beyond nutty for the Cantwell family. Let's just say thank GOD for preschool (and thank GOD it's back in session!). My loving husband was so kind as to buy me an extremely powerful drill for Christmas AND a back brace! I'm in tough-mama heaven over here!
That's all for now. Here's hoping my back holds out for the transfer to these 4' high bins.
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