Post Number: 17284
|Posted on Monday, April 19, 2004 - 01:17 am:||
Shake and Bake Worm Shit/Coir Ubbersubstrate
Multiply as you see fit for larger projects, larger tubs, or larger plans... >
You will need
5lbs of worm castings (Good garden stores, look for pure castings. Ebay even)
1.5lb brick of Coco Coir (Reptile bedding. Available at petco,etc)
Large Pot(s) with lid
4 Empty Gallon Jugs
1 Cup Measuring Cup/Scoop
Spawnmate 87 Grams will supplement this 6.5lbs of dry substrate at about 3%.(Optional)
25 Gallon Opaque Rubbermaid with lid
1 Medium Spawn Bag of colonized grain.
2 Extra Large Heavy Duty Trash bags
2 Turkey Sized Oven Bags
Step 1 - Make Worm Shit Tea.
4 Cups Worm Shit (If you only have 5lbs of castings, it is ok to take the 4 cups from your bag)
2.5 Gallons of Tap water
Place in large pot and Simmer uncovered on low for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Cover and let set for a few hours or over night, carefully decant tea in to two gallon jugs leaving sludge behind, decant sludge into third gallon and top off with water, use this for plants. Hate to waste.
You now have two gallons of nice brown worm shit tea.
Step 2 - Hydrate Your Materials
Take 1 1.5lb Brick of Coir, and 5 lbs dry of Worm Castings
Take the coir brick and place it in a trash bag with one gallon of worm poo tea. Wait 30 minutes to an hour and check to see that the coir has expanded evenly and is nice and moist throughout. Break up any hard pieces and let soak longer if need be, add a little water if necc.
It can take longer for the coir to expand when it is cold, so warming your tea helps. In my experience 1 gallon is perfect for one brick.
After it has all expanded and it is all the same fluffy consistency, you can drain any excess tea, but don’t squeeze out any of it, just drain it. Chances are there will be nothing to drain.
Next Place your worm castings in a large container and add water to them until they are very moist but not muddy. This can be done in a trash bag as well and makes mixing easy. Generally 1.5 Cups of water to 5lbs of castings is good. Moisture content of castings can vary, so use your best judgement. You want moist not dripping.
Pour worm castings and coir into an extra large heavy duty trash bag and mix well. Add Spawnmate a little at a time to mix evenly.
Step 3 - Pasteurize your substrate
Load substrate mix into 2 Turkey Size Oven bags (You could probably fit it all into one if you want)
Preheat and Bake in the oven at 175 deg for 3 hours. Let cool to room temp.
Pour into clean heavy duty trash bag
Add Spawn and mix thoroughly
Pour everything into 25 gallon Rubbermaid, level with clean hands.
When colonization is complete case with 1" of straight coir, and stand back or fruit uncased.
you will have more coir by volume
The coir should be very damp.
It is the worm poo you have to be careful with to keep from turning to mud.
Wait two days and peek. If fuzz is happening and water drops are on the lid, you will be fine.
fan a few times a day and mist to keep up RH.
(Message edited by admin on April 19, 2004)