Vermicomposting Fail. Don't Judge Me.

I'm a confident person.

You already knew that, though, didn't you? 

You know that I am determined, and I'm driven. I am a 'lister', so when I know I need to accomplish things, I write it down, do it, and cross 'er off the list.

(And you can be damned sure that if I did something that wasn't on the list, I'll write it at the bottom of the list just so I can cross it off.) 

You also know that I really like to try new things. Of course, a lot of these things are relating to home projects and/or sustainable living. So, you probably weren't surprised a few months ago when I said I was going to try vermicomposting, were you? 

Everything started out well, and continued going well for a few weeks, until I opened the bin to dump some scraps the other day. 

Just take a look: 

It's a soupy, stinky mess. Complete with fruit flies. 

Lots and lots of fruit flies. 

Like I said, I'm a confident person, so it's going to take a lot of admit this: I made a mistake, and that mistake killed my red wigglers and ruined my vermicomposting bin. 

The mistake? I didn't tiny drill drainage holes in the bottom of the bin to release the extra moisture. This caused the worms to drown.

At this point, the vermicomposting bin doesn't really serve a purpose, so I dumped it into the big composting bin in the backyard.

Again, I feel like I should repeat that it is a soupy, stinky mess. Of course, the dogs loved sniffing it.

Because my mistake was a simple one, I am going to drill some holes in the bottom and give it another shot. Hopefully my friends at the local ISU Extension Office will be kind enough to share more of their worms with me.

On a side note, let's all make my failures apparent to the world on Facebook, shall we? Just 'like' us, and you can join the party.

Over and out. 


  1. Don't look at it as a composting failure. Look at it as a success in fruit fly farming!

    1. A wildly successful fruit fly farm! When I popped the lid a good dozen of them were all up in my hair - gross!

  2. I am a big list maker and crosser off the list. And of course if I do something else not on the list I must add it to the list to cross it off!!! I so understand you there. As for your failure, no worries. We've had many a failure, but you gotta start somewhere and we all learn from our mistakes. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. The worm castings acts as the best way of improving the quality of soil, and gaining more yield.

  4. Were you able to try again with the worms? I'm interested to see how it goes the next time. )


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