I love my worms

 

What?  You do not love worms too?  Well, why not?  You must not have meet the right ones.

Worms have become a new fascination of mine.  For those who may have no idea what I am talking about, I will let Wikipedia help out a bit: vermiculture and vermicompost.  They are two sides to the same coin in essence.  Vermiculture is the actual raising of the worms.  Vermicompost is what the worms make.  Some are interested in one more than the other, though they go hand in hand.

In the post, “It’s Alive!!”, I introduced you to my worms.  Have you seen any cuter worms?  No.  I didn’t think so.  I was, and still am, every excited the worms are still around.  Second chances are great.

My ultimate goal, or dream rather, is to have enough worms to not only handle all of our household waste, but also to sell.  I have to be able to keep the worms alive and multiplying first, though.  That is an important first step.  Who knows, perhaps this would be a good thing for some kids to take over in about 10 years.  I would even love to know enough about this to teach and show others how to do it.

Again, this is a dream and not a high priority right now.  However, I can take small steps in this direction and learn some of the basics along the way.

I am a visual and hands-on learner.  Show me and I understand.  Even better if you let me do it with you.  If you tell me, then I have to “see” it happening in my mind.  So, reading about raising worms was all great and dandy.  It was not until I was actually doing it that I fully understood what others were talking about.

City Farmer has one of the best and most thorough descriptions I have seen.  It also explains some things I did not know before.  I found out that my excess moisture is a problem with not only having fed them too much, but also with the type of container I am using.

I love the suggestion given about collecting your scraps for a week, weighing them, then buying the corresponding amount of worms to use.  I think I will have to do that in the upcoming week.

 

Would you consider raising worms?  How do you think others would respond at first?  If you have a picture of your set up, leave a link.  I would love to see it.

2 Replies to “I love my worms”

  1. By February 26, 2010 – 11:02 amI am going to love all these gardening posts! I was aearldy pricing worms online the other day never thought I would see that day! =)Last year PassionateHomemaking.com had a great tutorial on how she makes her worm bin you might do a search on her site-you’ll like it!

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