Watch These Worms Devour A Pumpkin in This 100-Second Compost Timelapse [Video]

Vermiculture is pretty magical. Think about it, you put your kitchen scraps in a bin with some wiggly worms and before you know it, everything has decomposed into a beautiful soil additive for your garden.

While you’re probably used to putting small little scraps of food in your vermicompost, in the video above, someone decided to see what would happen to a whole pumpkin if you let the worms have at it.

pumpkin after 7 days
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In less than 100 seconds, this pumpkin transforms from a beautiful Halloween-worthy gourd into well, dust.

When the hallowed out pumpkin was loaded into this tray, half of the worms were placed inside the pumpkin and the other half were left in the tray. The idea being that the pumpkin would disintegrate from not only the bottom but the inside too.

pumpkin after 30 days
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This video is a sped up 62-day time lapse, and all the movement is from both the worms and other beneficial insects like pill bugs. Something fascinating to note is that while it took this pumpkin 62 days to decompose, it takes nearly twice as long to grow it.

pumpkin after 50 days
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This gives you a good perspective to keep in mind as you’re growing your garden. Harvest and store your vegetables and fruits properly, because all that hard work can decompose quickly, right before your eyes.

Written by Leigha Staffenhagen

Leigha Staffenhagen is our managing editor. When she isn’t writing and editing for Insteading, she’s reading, going to Mariners games, practicing yoga, tap dancing, weeding in her grandma's garden beds, and attempting to grow her own apartment garden.

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