Recently there was a debate in one of the Facebook groups that drifted off topic. It drifted into a debate about composting tomato, potato or members of the nightshade family of plants. During the debate I said I would create a mini worm bin with 25- 50 worms and feed potato to end the debate. The full debate can be seen here if you are a member of the group or join up
On Monday14 November 2016 I began the experimental tater feeding bin. The bedding is screened, Ph adjusted and sterile sphagnum peat moss. The bedding was sterilized by mixing with water and boiling for15 minutes. The bin was formerly a 2 pound margarine container. 50 red wigglers were added and fed with finely diced, white potato.
The intended time frame for the experiment is 4-6 weeks. I will make daily observations and post them weekly. Observations will include any noticed dead worms, need for moisture, if worms appear to be eating the potato and any other relevant observations. At the end of this experiment (presuming all the worms aren’t dead) I will count the worms and any cocoons to see what the final conclusion is.
My expected observations are that the worms will survive, produce a number of egg capsules and eat the potato.
For some fun, I challenge some readers to try this too. Let`s find out once and for all if the toxin (solanine) found in nightshade plants is indeed toxic to worms.