My Worm Farm or Meet Ralphs

I’ve been asked to do some more raw vegan recipe posts complete with pictures but I haven’t had time to concoct anything, let alone photograph it. I’ll get around to it maybe this weekend but I’m not making any promises. In the meantime, I’d taken some pictures to chronicle my worm farm aka vermiculture so I took some more to complete the process. And now I’ll prepare you to meet my worms. As I said in a previous post, I’ve named them all Ralph.

Before I ordered said worms, I fixed up a couple of containers to serve as their humble abode. There are fancy towers to house them but this works and I’m looking for inexpensive at this point.

The Abode

Obviously, there are two containers, nested. The top one has holes in the bottom that I fashioned with a hammer and a nail. It’s resting on pieces of styrofoam to prop it up for air circulation and drainage. The lid keeps critters out that might fancy some wigglers for breakfast (like the local robin). It also helps to retain moisture.

I put enough peat moss and potting soil (the cheap plain kind you can find at the Dollar Store) to half fill it and then added some blended up food scraps being careful not to include anything too acid like citrus or tomato waste. Enough water was added to make it nice and moist but not wet. Then I settled down to wait the kids’ arrival.

One day, I found a package in the mail box and it was from Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm! Woohoo! I was on my way to having multiple pets!

Warning!

I opened it up, excited as a child on Christmas morning, and this is what I saw:

Bag o' Worms

There was one little threadlike worm on the outside of the bag. It was still kickin’ so I put it back in with its siblings.

Wigglers

A piece of paper was included with instructions that even I could follow except I wasn’t putting them in the garden…

Worm Instructions

This was their introduction to their new home and they seemed to be suffering from jet lag. I was concerned that some of them might not make it.

At Home

I replaced the lid and left them to get situated.

I’d read somewhere earthworms like damp cardboard so I tore up a box from Amazon, soaked it well with some of the water I’d drained off their home, and put it on top of the dirt. I left it loose so they could get plenty of air.

Wet Cardboard

Every two or three days, I blend up some table scraps (preferably from organic foods) and pour the mix in. Even without water, it’s juicy. Another site said to put each offering in a different spot so that’s what I do. Organic not available? I wash whatever offering it is well before blending. If the cardboard dries out, I’ll wet it with rainwater caught during the last downpour. Then I leave ’em alone to do their thing. Eat and poop. That’s about it.

I took the last two pictures this evening so you can see my fears they might not survive were unfounded:

Ralph and Ralph and Ralph and Ralph and Ralph and...

There were a whole bunch when I pulled the cardboard away but they were gone in a flash. They’re fast! Talk about healthy! They are raw vegan worms.

Disappearing Act

It’s interesting to see all that goes on in my worm farm. I’ve gotten a little worm “tea” already and put it on the tomato plants. It’s supposed to work wonders. This time next year, I’ll be able to use the dirt in my garden, too…

3 Responses to My Worm Farm or Meet Ralphs

  1. peach July 2, 2008 at 9:59 pm #

    you had to get me to read didn’t you….lol…..I love my worms, have fun with them but don’t try giving them all names….he heee….the worm wee is fantastic for your garden.

  2. Fruitloop July 3, 2008 at 1:02 am #

    Cool fruit! That’s awesome Tommie. I am so following your blog. You are doing the neatest things!

    FLoop

  3. Tommie July 3, 2008 at 6:26 am #

    Peach, I wouldn’t have named them if I hadn’t heard Tonya Kay say she did. I’m a copycat! And Floop, everyone does neat things. I just take pictures and tell the world!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.