A nice lady was willing to share some of her worms with me, awhile back I had given her some kombucha scobys. (I will post about kombucha and benefits of drinking on another day!) She was so awesome to return the favor and provided me with some red worms!
Now honestly before I had researched about the little guys, I thought perhaps we could put them out in our composting bin. We have one of those out in the edge of the yard and I totally LOVE it! I could not imagine NOT composting anymore. We have very little trash now and there are so many benefits that we not only reap but also that we give back to our earth by composting. BUT another topic for yet another day.
So to creat our worm composting bin, we took a plastic tub and drilled holes in it. This was an experience! (ok dont laugh, I have NEVER used a drill before - so me and my 10 year old had this experience together :) ) If you are interested in doing worm composting you can pretty much use anything for this - some people use dresser drawers, plastic tubs, chests, etc. Whatever you use though does need to be aerated - having holes on the bottom and on the side if you are going to cover it with a lid.
The next step was to create the bedding for the worms. We took a bunch of paper that we had on our shred pile and ripped it up into about 1 inch thick pieces. From what I have read and learned from classes over at the Garbage Garage can't use the thin stuff that is already shredded by your shredder I guess that is too thin. We are going to throw a pinch of sand into our box. And also get some egg shells and crush them and spread them throughout the box. You could also use dried leaves (no grass though!), animal manure, or freshly made compost. None of which do we have but those are options and really would be for the best of the worms.
After that we took a spray bottle and wet all the paper down to a consistency of that of about a damp sponge - not sopping but not dry.
You will want to find a location that is between 45 to 80 degrees farenheit. They do not do well in extreme heat or exreme cold. Also will need to place a piece of cardboard underneath their bin. They do not like light. I think we are going to place ours in a room downstairs but will have to see what hubby says. They may end up going out in the garage. My daughter and youngest would like to put them in her room! She has proudly carried them around Vitamin Cottage and over to the pool with us. They are sitting here on the table as I type. Anyone want to make a bet on if she names them or not?
The next step will be to put the worms in the bin. They are supposed to work their way down into the bedding. When you initially get them, you need to go light on the food. You want to see how much your worms are going to eat. You dont want the food to get a blue-green mold. If they get that on there, they, like you will not eat it. So place around a small handful of food (preferably already ground up for them. This will make it easier for them to eat and also will help the food to go away faster) You can put any kind of fruits or vegetable or eggs. No meat or dairy though.
Doing this will help to give me more great compost for my 16 fruit and nut trees I currently have growing in my yard. It also helps to keep compostable stuff out of the landfill, allowing that land and space to be used for other things that there is not another option, will also give me some good dirt for my garden next year which YES i am going to tend to one way or another! AND it will give my kids something they can look at and take care of.
I will post some pics of our new little friends maybe next week. We are so excited to have the newest addition to our family!!!!
What do you think? Have any of the readers tried vermicomposting before