There’s a booth at our farmers’ market where the worm ladies hang out. I have never paid much attention to them in the past. I always thought that people who keep worms were strange. I still have memories of my friend’s mom who kept worms in her coffee table. We avoided that table… actually we avoided that whole room. I never understood the value of keeping worms, until lately of course.
I kept coming across the idea of keeping worms to eat kitchen compostables. I read about it in Composting For Dummies and various other gardening and eco-environmental books. It’s called vermicomposting and I think it’s a neat idea, especially in the dead of winter when the compost bin is under 5 feet of snow. Vermicomposting involves using worms to convert organic waste (see worm diet) into an amazing organic fertilizer call worm castings (aka worm poop).
Until last Saturday, the idea of vermicomposting was just that… another idea. Then I saw the worm ladies and the coffee tins of baby worms on their table. I talked with the ladies and found myself walking away with a tin of baby worms. The tin sat on my kitchen counter for 4 days. I couldn’t put it off any longer… I had to make them a house.
The ladies instructed me to get a short (about 12″) Rubbermaid storage tote, like this one: