Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Can (or box) of worms

For those of you who do not know (which is almost everyone), we (Tom and I) have begun our adventure in vermicomposting. So far it has been very fun/gross, but we did have two worms commit suicide today. I am not sure why yet but it's got me a little worried. Hopefully the others have taken note on what happens when you escape the worm bin but I doubt that will keep them from doing anything rash.

The reason I wanted to start vermicomposting was to cut down on the trash we make but so far we haven't created a good enough system to do that yet. But our refrigerator also broke down so we have been feeding them things that went bad in the old fridge. I guess we will see when circumstances change how much trash we can really cut down on.

I have always wanted to compost because, I don't know about you guys, but I happen to create very little trash. I try to recycle everything I can and what's left over is stuff I have no control over such as unrecyclable plastics, styrofoam and food trash. But now I do have some control. Although I cannot compost animal products, I can still turn my other organice trash into someone else's treasure. Wee! Those worms sure do love our garbage, save for the two suicidal ones, I guess.

It started out with a couple of plastic tubs from Home Depot that only costed a couple bucks each and came in fun colors. We drilled holes all over one of them so the worms could breathe. The problem was finding worms. I preferred not to order online because it just seemed better to meet up with someone who could tell me a little something about vermicomposting. I searched everywhere for worm farms nearby but the closest I could find was in Glendale. I checked Craigslist but people were either selling them too expensive or only sold whole composting systems (bins that were already started) which were also quite expensive. We didn't want to drive that far or buy whole systems so ordering online was looking better and better.

One day while bored in class, I was looking on Craigslist and found someone selling them for a pretty good price. He happened to have bought the same bins as we did and even had this really cool graffiti art on it. But anyway, I contacted him and he just seemed so knowledgeable and friendly and excited (I LOVE excited people). We met up with him later that night. He showed us his awesome garden and worm bin and he gave us tips on gardening and composting. He also gave us some of his fresh veggies and some lettuce seeds. It was awesome. Tom was so excited that he wanted to put the worms in right away but I made him wait until after dinner. I felt like a mom setting ground rules for her kid.

There hasn't been much of a smell, which I think is amazing. After the first night, though, when it was smelliest, there were all these other critters hanging out around and inside the bin. It was so nasty. We finally got it to normalize a little in terms of scent and excess critters. I'm just waiting for the weather to get a little better so they don't get too hot. I can't wait to have gorgeous dirt for our plants! There has already been so much progress. Wee!

5 remarks:

Brian P said...

HOLY WOW you are a dedicated planet saver. Do you keep these buggers inside??

jennio said...

No no, we keep it on a balcony. My roomies thought it might be an eyesore and kind of gross, I suppose.

Riddle said...

Great Blog!

You are a great example for your generation!

Taking action, leading by example and personal resonsability are the best ways to make real change here on our little planetary orb. :]

The worm dude.. Riddle

Milli said...

Thats AWESOME!! I too got my worms from Scott and as soon as I got home, I made their bin cozy filled with yucky smellie veggies and recycled senseless JUNK MAIL!!!

Can't wait to post my story on my blog...
Namaste
Milli
www.modern-sustainability.com

Wendy said...

Jenny, this sounds amazing. I had no idea you were so environmentally conscious! How did you even come cross the idea of vermicomposting?

P.S. I miss you! Long time no see, woman!

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