Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Making Worm Composting Cute Since 08
I love our worm compost bins. Last winter when we decided to try vermiculture, we called all the local garden centers and bait shops in town but it was the wrong season for red wiggler worms. Who knew worms had a season? So our generous friend Suzanne (http://suzannemireles.blogspot.com/) gave us a sock filled with worms! It was a great present. We used an old wooden nightstand from a thrift store and drilled about 10 holes in the bottom. Then we put strips of brown packing paper we had saved, fruit scraps and a few hand fulls of dirt in the top drawer. After a few months when the worms multiplied, we expanded to the bottom drawer too. Now we pull out worms as treats for the chickens. We would be willing to pay it forward and pass on a sock full of worms to anyone else wanting to start their own worm composting operation. Its hours of entertainment for my daughter to stir the dirt looking for worms. She's a weird kid. We've cleaned out the bin once and used all the castings for our potted plants and house plants first. We still had some left over so we gave worm compost treats to my other favorite plants outside.
Hot tip: Worms love watermelon rinds more than life itself.