on kombucha and worms

I know I posted a while back about my Kombucha culture. Since then it has just beensitting and growing. And growing and growing. Today I decided it was time to start a new batch. I had sacrificed the previous batch to just growing the culture. If I took the towel off of the jar I could smell how sour it was. This time I'm going to use black tea (just because) and refined cane sugar (because the Rapadura didn't cut it). We'll see how it goes.

I am also hatching a plot to start a worm bin. I have had a copy of Worms Eat My Garbage for a while but didn't know what to do with the castings. This past weekend there was a fair of sorts at the Elephant Pharm and there was a representative of the county's master composter program there. The county has classes on how to compost, including with a worm bin. What really convinced me was the worm bin they had. It was a small rubbermaid tote with a few inches of dirt and worms and then a few inches of shredded newspaper bedding on top. So simple! It turns out that Anabel has worms to spare so I need to designate a tote and get to it! I'm sure we make enough garbage to keep some worms fat and happy.

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3 thoughts on “on kombucha and worms

  1. Saints & Spinners June 4, 2007 / 10:54 pm

    I love Kombucha! I've never made my own though. Can't wait to hear how it turns out. 🙂

  2. margotinto June 5, 2007 / 4:05 pm

    Have fun with the worms, just know that they are a little bit more like pets than you would think. You just need to have the time to check the moisture level in the bin every few days. I tried to keep worms once, and wasn't checking often enough. At one point, it was too wet for the worms, and they all migrated up the side and out of the bin in a squirming, dirty ball. At another point, it was too dry, and they all, well, died. We now have municipal green bin collection, and then the city re-distributes the compost, so I think I'll stick with that.

  3. abigailvr June 5, 2007 / 8:51 pm

    Good to know! I do want to try though. It can been a project that Niels and I do together. 🙂

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