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I’m so excited to learn about worm composting (aka vermicomposting). We picked up a pound of worms from a fellow gardener last week and dusted off our old worm bin. We tried worm composting a few years back. Well, I should admit, my husband tried worm composting. I didn’t want anything to do with the worms back then. I just couldn’t appreciate what amazing little creatures they were and I allowed myself to be grossed out from all the squirmy, squishy, dirtiness of it all.

Sadly, we lost our crew after 6 months or so due to a bad heat wave and poor placement in the hotter than hot garage.

But here we are today. I have fortunately matured out of the “eeew” phase of worms and am excited to have them as part of the family.

Here’s a few interesting things I learned on my path to getting ready to be a thoughtful, nurturing worm caretaker-

  • There are so many different varieties of worms out there. We have Red Wrigglers, which is one of the best for vermicomposting in a bin.

  • A pound of Red Wrigglers is typically around 1000 worms.

  • Red Wrigglers can eat about half of their weight in food every day, which means we need to feed them about a half pound of food a day.

  • It’s important to get the ratio right when we’re giving them food – only 25% green food waste (kitchen scraps – no onions or citrus) and 75% brown (dried leaves, cardboard, paper, etc).

  • Worms breathe through their skin. No noses!

  • Even though they break down the kitchen scraps, it’s still best to cut things down to smaller size to help the process move along a little faster.

  • Holes, holes and more holes. Top holes in the worm bin provide air for the worms to breathe, bottom holes allow excess moisture to drain out so the worms don’t drown.

  • The bin should not stink. Phew! If it does, something is off and you’ll need to adjust. Typically more brown composting material is needed.

I still have a lot to learn, but the bin is set up and I check on them every day. They are still alive! From what I’ve read, we should be able to use some of the processed soil in about 3 months. Nature is so amazing.

As an added bonus in getting this all set up, I was tickled to learn that my husband used to have dreams of being a worm farmer back in his early 20’s. I find that so endearing. I’ve never met anyone that has had that dream before and it’s part of the reason I love him more and more. I’m glad that we finally got worms again and we can work on making his dream a reality. But this time, I get to help, too.

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