We Have Worms

My husband and I gave each other worms for Christmas – a vermiculture worm bin, to be exact!  I know, I know, some of you think that’s not a very “charming” present for a husband to give his wife, but it was actually my request!  I’m not really the diamond necklace or Louis Vuitton type of gal.  Just give me some kind of practical item that I can use to make my life more comfortable or easier (I really love flannel pajamas and new leather work gloves) and I am a happy camper! 

You see, my husband has tried to raise earthworms in the past for his fishing obsession (which I love because it gets him out of the house and I get fresh fish!) but after a few months the worm container would get over-watered, under-watered, stinky from the rotting worm food or infested with fruit flies.  The escapees would make travelling across the garage where the bin resided a hazardous route….. have you ever slipped on a worm in the dark onto a cold, hard concrete floor?  It’s not pretty. 

Worm farm

This is the vermiculture kit my husband and I gave each other for Christmas.

Therefore, when my all-time favorite nursery, Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply http://www.groworganic.com– had an after Thanksgiving sale, I jumped on the opportunity to buy a Worm Factory 360 composting worm bin system.  Not only will my husband have an almost endless supply of redworms for fishing, but our new little pets will provide a nutrient-rich compost for our garden!  This system conveniently uses kitchen vegetable scraps and junk mail as food for the worms and, according to the literature, will process up to five pounds of food waste and junk mail each and every week!  Talk about the ultimate recycler!   

bedding material

This was the bedding material for the worm farm – coir, shredded newspaper, pumice and 1 cup of compost

 

So about a week ago, Michael, my youngest son, and I visited The Worm Farm in Durham, California www.thewormfarm.net.  I wanted to purchase a pound of the redworms Eisenia Fetida (about 800-1,000 redworms), but the gentleman who helped me, who was actually the owner of this family based business, actually gave me more than 1-1/2 pounds of the little wigglers, charging me only for the one pound!  Such a nice guy! 

worm food

worm food – apple core, coffee grounds, old celery and over-ripe squash.

 

I took them home, set up the worm factory, and then put the little darlings to bed.  I will report back in a month or so on this topic to let you know how everything is going.  I am curious to see if we get any odors, fruit flies or escapees.  Time will tell!

worms in bed

The worms have been put in their new home! I will check back in a week to see how they are doing.

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