It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!Sign In Register
It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!
I tried my luck with vermicomposting this summer. I purchased an upward migrating worm bin and bought a pound of red wrigglers. I found a nice shady spot for it in my backyard, next to my regular compost. At the beginning everything worked fine, although I noticed that some of the worms fell in the holding tray and couldn't get up anymore, although they were supposed too. Then my bin got overrun with maggots (it was hot and I had it a bit too wet). YUCK! I dumped half of the mixture in my regular compost. Saved the other half and made it a drier environment and was diligent in covering with newspaper, so that not too many flies could get in. But after a few weeks it seems I'm not vermicomposting, but soldier fly composting. Tons of larvae and soldiers flies. Also some other critters. Can't find anymore worms. The compost in the lowest tray actually looks quite decent, but idk, I really wanted to compost with worms, not with maggots and larvae! The outcome, however, is the same. I'm not sure what to do at this point. I'm merely observing what's happening and am curious whether anybody else can give their input?
On the positive side, a small frog found refuge from the heat in my vermicomposter (and it probably loves all the critters in there too...) I'm hoping to add pictures later if I can get myself to take close ups of the larvae...😉