I've received my fair share of junk mail in my mail box but today, I received a box at the post office that was definitely NOT junk mail. My box of LIVE RED WIGGLERS arrived!
(1.) Why is Jennifer excited about receiving a box of live worms, and
(2.) Why would Jennifer order worms in the first place?
Well, the wait is over! I'm finally setting up a Vermicompost bin and using these Red Wigglers for their ability to create the best compost material for my plants in the garden.
VERMICOMPOST and RED WIGGLERS? What's this all about? You can read more about red wigglers and vermicomposting HERE.
After I placed my order for my red wigglers to arrive, I began to set up my compost bin which would be the red wigglers new home and factory.
Step 2: After the screen was in place I shredded up newspaper and placed it in the bin until the bin was about 1/2 to 2/3 full of loose newspaper. You can also use shredded up toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, cardboard egg cartons, cereal boxes (as long as they are cardboard) and just about any paper product. Just be sure it isn't plastic coated (like slick magazine pages).
Step 3: Save your kitchen scraps. Almost any kitchen organic waste will work such as banana peels, coffee grounds, vegetable scrapings...you get the idea. Just not anything with meat, fat, cheese or oily food waste. Now add your kitchen waste to the bin along with a couple of cups soil. You won't be adding soil each week but in your initial setup you'll mix a bit of soil to get the whole vermicompost environment set up and ready for the wigglers to begin their work.
I'll keep you posted on how my vermicomposting is going. This is the first time I've ever used worms in my compost bin. It is reported to be the best compost material there is as well as being a great way to make use of your kitchen waste and paper products in recycling. Gotta love anything that will help to cut down on landfill space.
If you'd like to learn more about vermicomposting, check out this super video from Cathy's Crawly Composters. Also, Cathy's website is filled with all kinds of fascinating (yes! it IS fascinating!!) facts and information about worms and composting.
Off to the garden now. Until next time,