Monday, February 8, 2010

I didn't even know I was pregnant.

Bleatings from EnviRambo.

Back in August I purchased a 5-tray Gusanito Worm Composter. I assembled it immediately upon receipt and then proceeded to stare at it for the next few months, wondering if I was up for the task. In October I finally got around to ordering the worms for it. On the advice of more skilled worm wranglers (i.e. you all who left comments on my original post) I started with 500 worms.

Still unsure I was fit to be a worm farmer, I held out little hope that the Red Wigglers would live through Christmas.

In the beginning I did little more than throw some food scraps in and maybe stir them around a bit. It did not take long for me to figure out that was not the best way. I think the potato peels I threw in that first week are finally starting to disappear four months later. Now what I do is run our food scraps through the blender, wrap them in damp newspaper, and bury in the worm bin.

Notice all the potato peels!

I have not figured out a feeding schedule yet. I just save food scraps in my "worm food" container and store in the freezer until full. Much of our food scraps still go to the outdoor compost pile which is currently frozen, but we add to it nonetheless.

It has been going well so far. There have been no escape attempts, no flies, no smell, and no genocides. I have collected about half a spaghetti jar of "worm tea". I add it to my watering can when watering the house plants. My Christmas Cactus loves it!

I have noticed a few new tenants taking up residence in my worm condo. Potworms, mites, but more excitedly baby worms!

And I did not even know I was pregnant!


Sandy said...


Chile said...

Way to go! I've decided I'm too lazy to do vermiculture right, though, and just dumped some free worms from a friend into my compost pile outside. They seem to be thriving and reproducing. No worries about feeding schedules, flies, or other pests.

Oh, and I accidentally got some compost tea last week when a garden cart full of finished compost was rained on. I drained it over a screen and saved the "tea" for the garden.

Anonymous said...

Ha - we've been throwing scraps on our frozen pile outside as well. I've always wanted to try vermicomposting though.

Daisy said...

I'm not sure I'm ready for vermiculture. I'm still in the thinking stage on this one. My composter is full and frozen, too; I haven't composted through the winter before. I hope it doesn't smell in the spring.

greeen sheeep said...

I think animals eat most of the scraps I throw on the outdoor pile. Since it's frozen, I can't bury them. I know my dog sure likes hanging out over there! Arghh!! I hope my worms reproduce enough by next Winter that I don't have to use the outdoor pile.


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