WE HAVE A WORM FARM

When we last left Mr. Denim he bought a worm farm at the Seattle Garden Show.

That’s what I get for leaving him unsupervised. 😁

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 One of these boxes was stuffed in our car…and I mean stuffed.

{These worms will provide worm castings - basically the same thing as chicken poo except it’s worm po0 - a good soil enricher for the garden…but it will take about 90 days for our first batch}

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Back to the “worm farm”…the day after we returned from Seattle Mr. D unpacked it...

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 and set it up.

The nozzle is for worm tea. I'll leave that for another post.

Sounds delicious, eh? 😏

You can get the same worm farm at Amazon.

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It came with an excellent instruction booklet.

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 Here he is mixing...

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 and adding veggies previously destined for the compost bin/chickens...

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but now some will always be diverted for the worms.

More mouths to feed!

A damp layer of newspaper was put on until the worms arrived.

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 And lo and behold…they came early!

Shipped from Pennsylvania in two days...

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 I didn’t know what to expect when we opened the box.

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 Cute!

{By the way...Mr D just told me that he ordered the worms from Amazon too.}

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 Opened the bag and there were our 1,000 worms!

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Uh I mean Mr. Denim’s worms. He’s promised to be the caretaker.

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Pretty, no? And all alive and wiggling around.

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 So we put the damp newspaper back on for 48 hours...

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and let them adjust to their new home.

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 See ya.

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The instructions said to keep lights on near the “farm” for 48 hours so the worms wouldn't crawl out of their tray.

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 We didn’t peek for 2 days...

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then opened it up and stirred everything around gently with the fork provided.

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The worms were doing exactly as they should…moving about and up and down.

Mr. Denim feeds them about 2 cups of chopped leftover veggies every other day…

we’re not sure if this is something we’ll keep up forever but it’ll be very interesting to see how much effort it is and if it’s worth it for more vibrant garden veggies.

I’ve read that there’s nothing like fresh worm castings for a garden bed…the bags in garden centers can be old and not nearly as nutrient dense...

so I’ll keep you posted on our verdict at summer’s end.