Tuesday, April 17, 2007

You're vermi welcome!

Last week we welcomed into our home (actually our shed) some lovely little red wiggler worms. I am not sure how many we actually have, but I do know that their combined weight is about a pound. We acquired them through Craigslist from a local worm farmer--we met up on the streets of Berkeley and made a quick transition there, keeping a close eye out for law enforcement.

You may be wondering why we bought worms quick and dirty on the streets of Berkeley. Didn't you know, worms are tasty! Mmmmmm......kidding! We bought worms because we needed seed worms! To start our worm farm! Duh!

A month or two ago my mother gave us her worm farm which she no longer wanted. She bought it years ago but never got around to getting worms for said farm. Just prior to this I had mentioned to her a neat article I had read in my Martha about vermicomposting and how you could make your own little worm bin to go under your sink. I decided I would do this because we seem to have lots of kitchen scraps, it would be good to lighten the amount of waste we produce, and the worm castings are fabulous fertilizer for your garden. And I am now one with a garden--or will be very soon.

After mentioning this to my mother she brought over her unused worm farm--called 'The Wriggly Worm Wranch--and asked if I wanted it. By this point the Big O was all excited about being a worm farmer and so we quickly accepted the ranch. It is much larger than the one Martha made, but it fits nicely in our shed.

After purchasing the worms, which were handed over to us in a medium-sized Priority Mail box, we rushed home to the sounds of the Big O's excitement about the baby worms. We got their home ready and opened the package. Inside was a lot of dirt and a few worms. The Big O was so excited to see them, he squealed with delight and even held one, "Oh him soo cute! Cute little baby worm! Him loves me! We have take good care of them!" I wondered if we had got ripped off, but hoped that the dirt was filled with plenty red wrigglers.

So far the worms seem to be happy. I checked on them twice today and both times they were happily consuming the slurry of potato peels, egg shells and other various scraps, I had made for them last week. In fact, when I took the cover off and pulled back the moist cardboard, I let out a little yelp at seeing so very many red wriggling worms all in one place. It was a little scary, but then I was proud of my little worms, and warmth wrapped my heart. Sure they're not nearly as cute as baby chicks, which may actually be the cutest things ever, but we love them anyway.



Blogger FoxyJ said...

Ooh fun! I like worms--do any of them dress like that little worm from Sesame Street? (Why can't my mind remember his name...)

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 3:07:00 PM  
Blogger Lady Steed said...

Foxy-- you mean Slimey. No , none of our worms have clothes...yet. Perhaps i will make one a little cape like Slimey has.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 5:12:00 PM  
Blogger Th. said...


We do read to them everynight from Trash Gordon before putting them to bed, though.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 8:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Leata said...

I kinda think worms are gross, but I am trying to think warm, kind thoughts about your new little friends.

But are you sure you wouldn't rather start a puppy farm?!

Thursday, April 19, 2007 8:38:00 AM  
Blogger Tolkien Boy said...

Oh, how happy and how environmentally sound.

I think I'd like to have Big O's thoughts printed on a T-shirt someday.

Thursday, April 19, 2007 4:00:00 PM  
Blogger daltongirl said...

I've been thinking about worms. So far I've had this compost pile outside for about two years, and as far as I can tell, it hasn't done anything. It gets shorter, but never seems to actually turn into something I could use in my garden. I've wondered whether or not the worms would help. I bet they would, but my question is, would that be biting off more than I can chew in one year? I mean, I do have about as much livestock as I can handle at the moment.

Thursday, April 19, 2007 4:45:00 PM  
Blogger Lady Steed said...

leata--Puppies, while much cuter than worms, require way more work. They are not potty trained and I would need a lot more room, than I have now, for them. It's OK if you don't like my worms, we can still be friends.

TB--I let Theric know about Big O's thoughts and T-shirts. Keep an eye on the Thtore.

DG-- Putting actual worms in the pile might help, I don't know. I am not very familiar with regular composting. So far the worms have been very low maintenance. I think have the Wriggly Wranch helps with the ease of caring for them. It will be a while, however, before the produce anything I can actually use in my garden.

Thursday, April 19, 2007 7:24:00 PM  

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