We’ve Got Worms!
Yep! We’ve got them alright. They live in the house with us, can you believe it?
Lirio, our dog, is fascinated by them. She’s never ventured into, or been the least bit curious about, what we call The Worm Room, until now. At least a few times a week she opens the door to check out the new residents. She’s especially curious as to why they get so much more food than she does. WTW!
As we began our garden we started attending workshops and I fell in love with the worms at the Lincoln Park Zoo Gardens.
Check these critters out:
We use worms to compost our waste and make fantastic nutrient rich matter for the next garden. This technique is called vermicomposting. Vermicomposting allows you to quickly transform kitchen scraps into soil amendments. It’s a great way to use the food waste your family creates. Kind of the ultimate in recycling and suitable for those of us who are landlocked and still wish to compost.
As I began researching creating a home for the worms, I realized I didn’t have a drill, so making a homemade bin seemed difficult. Then I fell in love with this Ritz-Carlton of Worm Housing. The worms could even get a penthouse suite here. All that was left was to get the worms, but they were pricey!
Yep Red Wigglers are quite a commodity and you do pay for “The Cadillac of Worms”.
Imagine how excited I was when I saw this:
Yep. We landed free Red Wigglers Thanks to @ScrumptPantry. She’s really quite generous.
We feed them: vegetables, fruit, (think scraps, pits, peels), coffee grounds, tea bags, and off they go. We don’t feed them meat, cheese, dairy, citrus, grains, or onions.
What happens? These buggers are like rabbits and will eat and multiply. They will create worm castings that are truly “black gold” for gardeners.
Don’t you think they look happy?