Part two of the “Paley100” method

Part two of the “Paley100” method

In part one, I sourced the bed and set up the bedding. Now that it is all settled, the time has come to put the worms in and see what happens. Also, reporting in after twenty-four hours.

I feel like one of the hosts of Big Brother at this point, introducing the contestants into the house. Either that or that guy from Saw.
paley100 worm farming vermiculture victims chosen

The worms are chosen based on whether they are sexually-mature red wigglers. I was looking for an obvious clitellum and being more than thirty millimetres long (just over an inch). The bin I was drawing from is about a week old, so the worms are only just getting settled.

Given their ability to adapt and the sudden increase in space in the bin, it is possible that the next generation will be larger than their parents too. The original document repeatedly makes mention of the adaptability of worms born in adverse conditions. Based on a few discussions early one, it seems that starting with cocoons had good results. As I’m only able to draw on red wigglers and no cocoons, it may impact my results or draw out the experiment across a couple of hatchings.

paley100 worm farming vermiculture lucky ones
I swear I heard these worms breathe a sigh of relief after my selection. They didn’t make the cut and went back into the worm bin. All of a sudden it’s all Hunger Games up in here!

Again, referring to the Paley guide, once the worms are added they should be encouraged to burrow. Putting the experiment together outside produced enough light. Once I moved them inside, I placed the box under a desk lamp with a daylight globe in it.

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paley100 worm farming vermiculture worms go in

I’d burrow away too if you shone a light like that in my eyes!

paley100 worm farming vermiculture daylight globe

Drainage holes that I totally didn’t forget at all and have to put in at the last minute.

paley100 worm farming vermiculture drainage

One day in. Twenty four short hours and I already feel like a monster. When I checked this morning, the top was extremely dry and required a light spray with water. The chosen worms seem to have slowly acclimatised, with three or four holed up in one corner under a tea bag. The rest were not immediately visible on the top of their bed.

For the next two weeks, I am only supposed to check to make sure it’s not too dry. After that, a bench sort to see who’s still alive and then put it all back in for the next hatching.

paley100 worm farming vermiculture too dry after one day

Waiting two weeks (17.1.2016) means the next bench sort will be on 31.01.2016. Hopefully, there’s something to report! In the meantime as a reminder

What do you think of the Paley100 method? Comments below!!

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