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Worms Vs The Daleks Update 1 week later

So, as promised here’s the first of the weekly updates in this experiment.
To recap, here’s what we started out with:

Banana skins ready for the bins

Banana skins ready for the bins

The skin on the left as you’re looking at the picture – the one at the top – went into the Dalek compost bin, which was showing a reasonable 40 degree C temperature, and as you can see from below, it has held that temperature all week:

The temperature in the Dalek held a respectable 40 degree C all week

The temperature in the Dalek held a respectable 40 degree C all week

The temperature in the worm bin at the start of the experiment was 15 degree C and it fluctuated slightly between 14 and 18 degree C during the week.

Here’s what the banana skins look like one week later:

Here's the banana skins after one week in the compost bins

Here’s the banana skins after one week in the compost bins

Banana skins ready for the bins

Banana skins ready for the bins

Here's the banana skins after one week in the compost bins

Here’s the banana skins after one week in the compost bins

There’s been a dramatic reduction in volume in both skins, but the one that went into the Dalek is definately ahead at this stage!

However!!!

There has been an adverse incident which I suspect has affected the outcome at this early stage…. someone put some green leaf leftover and a badly bruised apple into the experimental worm bin during the week by mistake, instead of into the precomposting bucket I keep for these household leftovers.

Well, the worms were all over it like, well, like worms all over an apple!!!

They appear to have all but abandoned the banana skin in favour of the apple – who knew worms had favourite foods and could be as fussy as a three year old with a plate of broccoli???!!!???

Just take a look at this short video to see what I mean!

As you can see, the worms abandoned the middle of the bin where the banana skin was and made their way over to the edge of the bin where the apple was hiding!

So at this stage, the Dalek is in the lead – but we’ll see if that’s still the case a week from now.

My money is still on the worms 🙂

Londonworms
(Photography and video by Sorcha)

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