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.

Shared at these blog hops:  Home and Garden Thursday, Homeacre Hop, Transformation Thursday and Simple Lives Thursday

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12 thoughts on “We Have Worms

  1. The worms crawl in the worms crawl out, the worms play pinochle on your snot. Good luck with the worm growing. If you ever need any our backyard is inundated with them.

    • Haha! Good one, Lisa! Actually, the worms in a worm farm have to be a certain type – Eisenia Fetida, not the normal earthworm we have in most backyards. The Eisenia Fetida (red worm/redwiggler) is a top feeder, so as you put more trays with food on top of them, they continue to climb up, eventually leaving the bottom tray with the worm castings but virtually no worms!

  2. Yep, I will be anxiously awaiting for this spring’s Trout season to open!
    Those lil RED worms will be BIG and I will feed them my secret ingredients two days before the drowning!
    🙂

  3. I have had a worm farm for about a year now, they are great, much better at composting than I am! I just chuck in all our kitchen scraps, they seem to like everything (even the onion and citrus that we are told not to put in there, I don’t have time to separate things!). They have bred prolifically, so that will be good for fishing! I’m thinking of feeding the extras to my chickens. The only problem I’ve had is “meat ants” getting in and eating the worms, don’t know if you have such annoying ants where you are, I had to put the legs of the box in dishes of water so the ants couldn’t get in. The worm wee and compost is so useful too. I hope you like them as much as I do!

    • Yes, I have had good success so far! The only real problem (other than a few fruit flies) was when I gave them too much water! Because of this a lot of them crawled out of the box while we were away for the weekend, then when we returned it was like we had worm jerky all over the floor, under the couch, and in the laundry room! I checked out your website – Nice! I hope the lost doggy finds his owners! I also see that you make pickles. I may have to try that! Thanks for the comment. It’s good to hear from someone across the globe.

  4. What a marvelous, unique gift idea! Another blogger shared how he made a compost bin and had corner posts made from PVC with holes and made it available for worms – they’re so good for gardening! And I am with you – LOVE it when Dearest goes fishing and we have fresh fish – we all are happy! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

    • Thanks Kathy! 🙂 Love your blog and your Home and Garden Thursday Hop! Thank you for your comment and I will see you on Thursday!

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