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Make your own worm composting accelerator!
(no, it does not spin worms at super speeds or launch them into space)
Executive Summary: The Accelerated Worm Composting Station creates and uses surface area to accelerate the composting process.This station masticates (mashes up) the food, much like our mouth, thereby making more surface area for the bacteria to access. More surface area = more bacteria eating = faster decomposition. This process is similar to how our own bodies ingest food. Imagine putting food directly into your stomach without chewing it.Our teeth are similar to the garbage disposal / food grinder. Our saliva is like the bacteria and other microbials in the air and dirt. The folds in our intestine creates a lot of surface area for absorption. Similarly, we can create a lot of surface area for our kitchen scraps when we smash it up and spread it out over the surface of the dirt in our worm bin.
How much does this help? In the human body, the simple shape of the intestine has about 1/2 square meter of surface. But the mucosal folds, villi and microvilli in our intestine turn that into 250 square meters of absorptive surface area – about the size of a tennis court! That’s an increase of 500%!
In the compost bin, A watermelon rind or an apple chore can can easily last up to a month. In this system it can be broken down and “absorbed” in about 3 days.
It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world, as have these lowly organized creatures.
Charles Darwin 1881
The main discoveries that led to the Accelerated Worm Composting invention and method are:
- Bacteria eat first! Worms are not the first to eat, they are secondary and tertiary eaters.
- All food has a natural protective ‘wrapper’ on it: The skin of the fruit naturally tries to protect it from premature decay.
- Most food is round-ish; It has the least surface area per volume – naturally protecting in yummy goodness inside the skin.
- Without proper surface-area-to-volume ratio, most rotting masses of fruit and vegetables will go anaerobic (stinky, nasty, and kills worms)
Fruits and vegetables come wrapped in natures very best candy wrappers. One could say that the main purpose of the skins on nature’s fruits is to keep the rest of nature out; To keep the bacteria that’s ever present everywhere from eating the fruit before it’s finished growing.
By mashing/masticating the food before putting it into the worm bin we are also removing the “wrapper” so that everyone can get access to the food more rapidly – before anaerobic bacteria move in. Of course, the fruit skins are not removed, just broken open in a way that accelerates and maximizes bacterial/fungal/worm feeding capacity and the thus the overall decomposition process.
Please share your experiences and discoveries with all of us and make the planet a better place…