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mouldWith temperatures averaging at minus 20 celsius, todays it’s a straight up minus 28, it’s safe to say, we have time on our hands.  Our outdoor vermicomposting facility is safely protected under a four-foot deep snowpack and what better way to spend the day than some light reading.  Light as in detailed scientific journals and studies…. someone’s got to read those things.  Turns out, composting worms aren’t real keen on fungal decomposition, not surprising when you consider their reliance on bacteria.  While a little mould is normal inside your bin, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on it.  As any kitchen person can tell you, mould is the first thing to begin the process of decomposition.  With worms however you can have too much of a good thing.  They can’t consume anything untill it has been broken down, and the prefered breakdown mechanism is bacteria.  Worms require an active bacterial culture to survive.  If you notice moulds and fungi hanging around too long in your bin, you probably need a bacterial inoculation.  This can be accomplished by adding some compost or semi-composted material from any outdoor bin or pile.  If you trapped by fridged temperatures as we are it’s still worth the effort to chip out a hunk and add it to your bin.  If you have some leaves kicking around they help too.

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