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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Getting Wormy With It- Family Vermicomposting!


We have decided to add some new  members to our family.
You may recall that the last time
I made an announcement like this it was to introduce you to "Tiny the Snail"

We also have two geriatric cats, Elly and Daisy...
and our fish (Aquamarine, Baby Gippy, Mooey, assorted un-named tetras,
and an aquatic snail named "Fishy Fin")
and our 2 frogs (Frog Lloyd Wright and Lilly)

Now. We. Have. Worms. Over a pound of Redworms.
So, that would mean we have approximately 600 to 1,000 very wiggly new family members.


"Family members" that arrive by mail in a gallon ziplock bag
with a few stray hitch-hiking flies. 


Hello wormies!
Welcome to our kitchen, we have a nice little, warm home waiting for you
and two picky little girls who won't eat crust.

Get ready for lots of apple cores, tea bags (without staples!), strawberry stems,
crumbs from under the kitchen table, banana peels, coffee grounds, dryer lint, shredded newspaper.


I think we're going to get along  swimmingly....or "wiggling-ly."
Yes, I could have gotten all crafty and made a worm bin from a rubbermaid box
but this one fits in my kitchen nicely, matches my (ultimate dumpster diving score!)
black painted china hutch, and has a handy little drain for that awesome compost tea.

We still have our big Blue Planet bin going in the backyard
(great for leaves, yard waste, and big fridge clean-outs)
but this one is handy for table scraps.

Here are some Worm Composting Links:


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Worm Composting Information
(good step by step photos of how to build your own worm bin!)

Vermicompost.net


How to Worm Compost by
CityFarmer.org

Build your own Worm Bin out 
of Nursery Flats

National Wildlife Federation
Worm Information


8 comments:

Mrs Addams said...

that worm house is pretty cool looking! definitely better than just a dirt bin! that should be loads of fun for you all! we have been playing with worms in science class for a few weeks. those little guys can be quite the escape artists!

Jen said...

Welcome worm friends! I'd love to learn more about composting- can't afford anything fancy, though.

Holly Days Closet said...

Love this idea with the worms would love to learn more. Do you know of sites I can check out.
Holly

pink and green mama said...

Holly,

I've added some great links to the bottom of this post with more information about worm composting and how to build your own bin!

Fondly,
MaryLea
(pink and green mama)

Val in the Rose Garden said...

Oh I love worm bins! I can't wait to get to composting in the new house. I had a wonderful worm bin at the red house, but alas, that didn't make it through both of the moves last year.

Will be getting more soon!

There are some great tips on how to get the compost out and into the garden around(speaking of which, I think I need an update ;) ). I'll see if I can find some for you.

Blessings,

Val

Kerry Neville Bakken said...

What a great idea--except my big dogs would find a way to get into the composter and eat the worms! My daughter is worm obesessed these days--no shrinking violet!

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

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Amie Plumley said...

OK, I've been thinking of doing this too - I hope you'll keep us updated on how the worm composting is going! I just may have to jump (or wiggle?!) right in there with you!
amie

MommyToTwoBoys said...

Good for you! My boys would love that! It would be a great sensory thing for my son to play with the wiggly guys! And such great lessons about the environment.

Happy SITS Saturday sharefest, a day late!

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