On the 12th of May 2016, I started my second experiment to assess how fast my horizontal migration bin is consuming the food scraps. Among the scrap I gave on that day there was... an apple. While everything but corn cobs have totally disappear, this apple is still 99.99% intact to this day! It is almost two months and here is how that apple looked like this morning.
Wax? Chemical? What ever that is it is surprising that after one and a half month burried inside casting and bedding in the worm bin this apple looks almost as fresh as when we bought it from the supermarket.
Because there was a little damage and a hole near the tail, I was thinking that maybe... maybe the bacteria and worms could have managed to make their way to the in the apple and have devoured it inside out. But at the same time I wanted to see how long it will take for the apple to break down completely. But it was too long and my wife and I were too curious to verify my theory, so today I decided to cut the apple in half and see what is inside.
Amazing! Looks like that apple had been frozen in time. Has the winter temperatures helped preserving this apple? Was it an "alien" apple as one of my followers have mentioned :-D
Even at a closer look, I can't see anything that tells me the apple has even started to break down. Even that little damage near the stem looks like how it was from day one. I think I will sell my fridge on eBay and use the worm bin to keep my food! Hahaha.
Anyway... I put the two halves face down back in the worm bin and see what will happen next. I will try with another apple next spring.
A day in a worm farm on Jul 02, 2016
by Quoc-Huy Nguyen Dinh