Thursday, June 23, 2011

i've got worms!

My red composters came in the mail today! Yes, you read that correctly. I ordered a box of worms (500) mailed from a worm farm for the purpose of turning food scraps into soil faster. Time to set up my Worm Factory and get them working on some kitchen scraps. More soon!

23 Comments:

OpenID chickadeeworkshop said...

Oh boy, oh boy!! Worms! Can't wait to see how that works out for you.

June 23, 2011 at 7:11 PM  
Blogger Kathy P. said...

Tiny livestock!!!

June 23, 2011 at 7:16 PM  
Blogger redbird said...

500 new productive members to Cold Antler!

June 23, 2011 at 7:16 PM  
Blogger From the Country Farm said...

We're going on 2-3 years with the red wigglers, it's amazing to watch their progress! They are the easiest livestock to have EVER! Have fun Jenna

June 23, 2011 at 7:29 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I'm testing this product out, it's a kitchen composter called the Worm Factory. You set up trays, like supers on a hive and the worms turn it into rich, black, supercharged casting-coated soil. Fantastic! I just set them up with the DVD it came with. Let's hope the dogs don't eat it!

June 23, 2011 at 7:29 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

I had a Can O Worms which is just as you described yours. Once I got chickens, I had no food for my worms. They did produce great compost tea and castings but without food they passed on.

June 23, 2011 at 7:59 PM  
Blogger Fresh Eggs Farm said...

We had worms for a bit too..they were actually our 7 year old's project...Unfortunately, we now need new worms!

June 23, 2011 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger Christi said...

Good luck with your new venture. I kept a batch for about a year. When it finally warmed up enough to move them outside under the carport, I didn't think about it getting too hot for them. But just as it can get too cold for them, it can also get too hot, so keep an eye on them!

June 23, 2011 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

I got my worms from under the leaves in the woods, they are the same as you get through the mail, it just takes longer. Eisenia fetida. Also common under manure- I think you may have some of that Jenna! LOL. So if things go drastically wrong, you can repopulate at low cost.

June 23, 2011 at 9:01 PM  
Blogger karen said...

Jenna, where are you going to keep them? I live in the suburbs with no hope of getting manure my own animals so worms are up next. Karen from CT

June 23, 2011 at 9:28 PM  
OpenID Tami said...

I would love to see the expressions of your co-workers when some of your mail order packages come in. That has got to be a whole other great bunch of stories.

June 23, 2011 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Oh good for you! I delivered a box of worms (mail carrier) this spring. Myself and a coworker who also is a homesteader fought over who would permanently borrow them but alas, I hand delivered them to their peoples.

June 23, 2011 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Cool! I've had a worm bin under my kitchen sink for a couple of years. I do have to keep the cats away from it. The soil those little worms turn out is amazing stuff.

June 23, 2011 at 10:51 PM  
Blogger karental said...

Are you going to name them? Morris, Jenny, Louis, Ginger... 4 down, 496 to go...

June 23, 2011 at 11:29 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Set them up under the rabbits. Rabbit poop and worms are supposed to be a magic combination..

Yay for magic!

June 23, 2011 at 11:48 PM  
Blogger daisy said...

I hope we get to see your operation! I'm determined to set up a compost pile here, HOA be darned!!!

June 24, 2011 at 5:47 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

We dug up our worms in the yard. I took my set up from Patty the Garden Girl online, but how do you know when they are done? Do you have to stop adding scraps and let them process? My six year old checks them like they are pets but we can't really see anything since they bury themselves. Our "pets" are a bit invisible.

June 24, 2011 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger Ifinder said...

So pleasant to find. A great lover of nature truely living and sharing with nature. Thank You for sharing so charmingly.

June 24, 2011 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Lee said...

We are waiting for our box of 1000 worms for our composting project. My grandfather was a worm-rancher, so I guess I'm just renewing a family tradition.
Have fun
Lee and Bill

June 24, 2011 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

We have composted with worms for about 10 years. Great addition to any farm... now we have them under the rabbit cages (those that aren't treated with ivomec, that is) - there is a yahoo group dedicated to raising these little critters. Not too many onion peelings, they aren't very fond of them... but anything else they gobble up!

June 24, 2011 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Charlene said...

oh dear...this is great. my barnheart symptoms are worsening...:)

June 24, 2011 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger Andy said...

Redworms are fascinating critters. The last 5 years I was vermicomposting as a hobby, now I am starting a vermicompost business to help finance my farm. I started with a worm factory(They are great). Now I have 2 big size worm bins in my basement.
One excellent book to read on vermicomposting is Worms Eat My Garbage by Mary Appelhof. Another source is a website is called Redworm Composting.

June 24, 2011 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger girlwithasword said...

I'm surprised you have anything to feed your worms! I have one housebunny, and a few backyard chickens. I got the worms first, then aquired the bunny and chickens, and between the bunny and c hickens, I don't have anything left to feed my worms!

June 26, 2011 at 1:49 PM  

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