Sunday, October 14, 2012

Worms in My Kitchen

Worms are't terribly fond of the camera,
so this is the best I could do
I have lots of worms in my kitchen.  It started out with just a handful and now there are thousands!!  I realize that statement sounds a bit like an episode of one of those reality televison shows from the Discovery channel such as Hoarders or Infested, but I actually want them there.

My little kitchen worm farm started out as a small plastic coffee can given to me by James, one of my co-workers.  I then proceeded to drill holes in a small plastic tote I had purchased for their new home.  After the holes were installed in the bottom, sides, and top, the aerated tote was nestled into another to catch any liquid that might drip if things got a little too damp along the way.  Some torn leaves, a sprinkling of dirt for "grit" (worms have gizzards like chickens to grind their food), and a few table scraps were added.  I gently poured the small, squirming mass into the middle and tucked them in with a nice layer of damp shredded newspaper.

This is all the space my quietest pets take up.
I find I'm quite fond of my worms.  They silently do their thing, never demanding walks or treats.  In the process of it all, they give me the most wonderful plant food in the world.  It took a while before the population could deal with much in the way of food scraps, but now they really reduce the amount of garbage that heads to the landfill.  So now all those potato peelings, pepper cores, and wilted lettuce leaves go back into the garden to feed us again.

The cycle of life is a truly beautiful thing.

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