Sunday, November 14, 2010

We Need Worms!

We made attempts to compost recently but I wouldn't exactly say we were successful. After the fancy compost bin arrived (via mail order) and I was doing my research about how to use it, I got the funny feeling that what we needed was not in fact a compost bin, but rather a worm bin. My suspicions were confirmed today when I was stumbling around the internet and found this little gem about how to make a worm bin and what you put in it.

The Youngest, aka The Wild Child, watched the video with me just now. He's very excited about our newest gardening project, and I finally figured it out. If you have a lot of yard waste, which we don't, you compost. If you have a lot of kitchen waste, which we do, you use a worm bin. So simple; I wish I had realized sooner!!

8 comments:

Mark said...

Would love to make one but I think the dog would get in it... They have these worms down here, just because all the animals have to be supersized in Australia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Earthworm

Chris said...

Hello there! Good luck on your worm bin adventures. Let me tell you, it's very addictive. ;-)

Carolyn said...

We had a worm farm when I was growing up. Three or four beds outside and smaller beds of nightcrawlers under a light in the basement. When that bulb went out one night--we went down the next morning to a real life horror/thriller all our own. Walls and floor covered in worms. That was the end of the nightcrawlers.

Then there's another story behind the fact that Dad thought it would be interesting to try raising chickens at the same time he had the worms....

I feel a blog post coming on! LOL!

Kim said...

OK, so no on the night crawlers. Yipes!!!

MrsPhilipswithoneL said...

I love the kids picture, they are getting so big and so cute :)

Chris said...

I have African Nightcrawlers. I've had no incidents of finding them all over the walls.

I've read though that worms need a little time to get acclimated and they'll generally attempt to escape on the first night or so. Put a night light over the bin to keep them put.

In my case though, the bin is sealed and the holes are really small. So far, I've had 100% retention. ;-)

Kim said...

I hope we won't have any escapees! How do they do if the bin is kept outside on a covered patio? I'm not fond of the idea of keeping worms in the house. (Shudder.)

Chris said...

I think as long as the bin is protected from the elements, the worms will be fine.

My bin's located outside on a covered porch.