Worms for Christmas? Sounds good to me!

comments (3) December 20th, 2010

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JadaE JadaE, member
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If your soil has no worms (and this is a bad thing!), then get some sent to you!  I bought mine from Uncle Jims worm farm...
Get your kids in on the fun!  Mine kids enjoyed shredding the paper and especially letting a few worms wiggle on their hands before releasing them to the bin....
Get your favorite power tool and give those worms some airholes!  You need good air circulation to keep the worms healthy and the food scraps from getting smelly...
Now, set the bin in a cool area (mine are in my basement), away from direct sunlight.  Please excuse the dirty paw prints on the carpet...well talk about dogs and gardening another day!
Since I have kids who are apt to take matters in their own hands, I put some simple rules on the bin.  I dont want the kids adding eggnog, or steak bones, etc, that would alert the neighborhood rats that scraps are available! :)
If your soil has no worms (and this is a bad thing!), then get some sent to you!  I bought mine from Uncle Jims worm farm...Click To Enlarge

If your soil has no worms (and this is a bad thing!), then get some sent to you!  I bought mine from Uncle Jim's worm farm...

If there's one thing every gardener needs for successful vegetable growing, it's good rich soil.  Soil is the key to healthy and productive plants, and I am finally realizing that as much effort needs to go into the soil as in the plants themselves!

I have a lot of different "projects" going on around here to encourage good soil! I have a fish aquarium, and when I do the required water changes, I use the "fish poop" water to give my houseplants and other plants a great boost of natural fertilizer. We have 2 tadpoles, which provide the same benefit.  The kids are getting a guinea pig for Christmas, so in a couple of weeks I will have the guinea pig pellets to put directly in my raised beds.  Guinea pigs have the same digestive process as rabbits, so their pellets are perfect for this purpose!

Outside, I have a compost tumbler that has worked beautifully.  This Spring will be the first gardening season where I will have the benefit of that compost. 

And...now...I have a worm bin!  After researching the benefits of vermicomposting, and learning how to keep the worms happy and healthy, I bought myself an early Christmas present of 250 red wriggler worms!  Following the instructions on this website, I have a bin ready to go and hopefully the worms will happily compost away.  The pictures show my kids and I getting our bin ready.  It's a great science project for kids...they are fascinated by the wiggly worms and think it's cool that Mom allows them in the house!  (That will probably change as they get older, but I'll enjoy the "cool status" while I can.)

I'll keep you updated on the worms' progress!  Here's to healthy worms...and healthy, rich soil!! 

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Comments (3)

ammyclark writes: I must say brilliant... Every farmer should try this
Posted: 7:25 am on August 23rd
jessyjackson writes: Sounds good to me to.....
Posted: 5:33 am on July 13th
markhunt writes: composting is the best way to do farming
Posted: 5:18 am on June 14th
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