But the surprises don't stop there! Lots of seeds that don't sprout in the worm bin proper are still viable. We found that out last week, which was conveniently enough, a couple weeks after we mixed the crop of castings from over the winter into the square foot gardens on the decks. Evidently, we had a very fertile cucumber in there.
|All we planted was the broccoli, but we have a stochastically distributed crop of cucumbers and an apple tree as well!|
A quick search on the internets reveals that many other vermiculturers have had similar experiences--often with unwanted seeds that sprout from their seed-starting mix! A few mentioned that one way to get around this problem is to expose the vermicompost to light for a few weeks before planting anything in them--that way all the seeds sprout that are going to, and it's possible to remove them without damaging the desired plants. It seems that the most foolproof way would be to mix the vermicompost in with the dirt and expose the mixture to light for a few weeks. Since we haven't planted anything but the broccoli yet, it turns out that this is pretty much exactly what we did, (although we did it accidentally), and it looks like it worked! Now we just have to go pluck out all the cucumber seedlings.
Have you had any fun surprises from your worm bin? Figured out a good way to get seeds out of the vermicompost? Tell us about it in the comments section below!