I wanted to give an update on the wormery and composting dog poop.
Don’t worry there’s no pictures of poop in this post!
I started out by using kitchen scraps as the worm food then moved the wormery to the shed and began incorporating the poop.
Once a tray is full, some of the worm bedding is placed in the next tray then more poop and some kitchen scraps to help keep the health of the worms.
Since the wormery is now in the shed, I covered it with an old quilt to keep the worms warm and active. Worms need to be kept between 50-70 F to keep them happy and wrapping the wormery up with old blankets helps to insulate and keep out the cold.
The worms are migrating upwards to the new trays with the food and work on breaking it down.
In a couple of weeks the worms should have moved completely out of the lower tray and into the new one and once ready, the vermicompost may be put to use.
The small size of the worm composting system I have is not ideal with the amount of waste generated here. As a result, I need to look at a second worm composting system to manage the waste. So far I have placed a 5-gallon bucket full of waste, filling a tray.
The system is odorless when covered and before I added the poop and the system was in the living room with kitchen waste, I could not smell it and neither could my guests. The worms make fast work of the waste if it is small or mushy and I have placed cooked food scraps, vegetable scaps and paper waste in the wormery as well as dog waste.
This is a neat compact system which is great for all sorts of wastes which are not ideal for the usual composting methods. If you have a lot of waste like I do, I would definitely have a secondary system and/or additional trays to get the most benefit.
I can’t wait to see the impact the vermicompost will have on the non-edible shrubs in the garden over spring and summer.