Quite some time ago here at Anonymous Bloggers, we tried to start a conversation about worms. I would love to revive that conversation and would hope people can bring more ideas and information we can look at.
Composting is tough for me for a number of reasons. Tiny garden space, bears, trying to keep it all hot enough during the cold months, bears…
Some small success with in-season composting keeps me trying, but I have been bummed about how much kitchen stuff is just flat wasted through the winter.
Late last summer I was given a “Worm Farm” by someone who was leaving Alaska for retirement near family Outside. She sent hubby on ahead by air to scout for a home, loaded up her rig, her dogs, and dropped off her worm buddies with a few instructions about care and feeding at my place on her way to the ferry.
The homemade worm bin allows liquids to drop into the bottom container, has a lid, and the nested containers fit quite nicely in my front coat closet.
The lil boogers, red wigglers, settled in quite nicely and busily worked their way through everything I gave them through the winter.
Recently I realized it was time to harvest the compost.
That got interesting as I also realized I had not asked enough questions of my departing neighbor and didn’t know anyone with a worm bin. (I’ve since met someone who is just starting out.)
I looked round the “tubes” and found a number of descriptions of how to separate the worms from the compost depending on one’s set up.
Given the size of my container the “manual harvest” was the only real option as mine doesn’t have room to pile old stuff to one side and encourage the worms to migrate to fresh bedding and food.
Holy moley and sweet merry!
What a mess I made!
I did not take any pictures of that project for fear of ruining my camera.
In the end I had lovely compost, happy worms, and need of a shower.
I have written myself a note for next time to lay the plastic out in the bed of my truck to discourage all the neighborhood dogs who showed up to “help”.
We would love to hear from any of you who have worm composted, in or out-of-doors, and any tips you have would be much appreciated.
For folks who are interested in trying out a kitchen waste bin, this HOW TO is pretty good.
I imagine Alaskans will still have a bit of a go, in most places, in getting worms and wonder if anyone knows the best way to go about that, in hopes the wormies make it here safely, unlike our neighbor in the original post here who had his go missing along with his luggage!
UgaVic and I are excited that one of our favorite Alaskan bloggers has agreed to share her garden experience from above the Arctic Circle with us this season. Look for our guest blogger soon!