Worms for Compost

We have compost.  Well, we have a stinky pile of rotting vegetables, fruits, eggshells, and yard trimmings.  Mixed with shredded paper.  Those fruit flies are really happy about all of that.  There’s a fruit fly village happening in that bin.

So, tonight I am going to do a little compost research.  Our latest hunch is that we need some worms.  A lot of worms.  See, the best I can tell, worms will eat the stuff that’s in our pile and crap out the prime organic soil/fertilizer.  And it won’t stink. Or sustain a fruit fly village.

Join me, will you? As I research worms.

Step 1. Google.

First eyebrow raise here.  “Avoid orange rinds and other citrus fruits, which are too acidic, and can attract fruit flies.”  We put a lot of citrus-y stuff in there.  Namely, orange and grapefruit rinds.  Maybe need to reconsider.

Next tip from the same site: “You should use red worms or red wigglers in the worm bin, which can be ordered from a worm farm”.

Here’s a good tidbit: “A pound of worms is all that is recommended”

Oh, boy.  From the same as above: “Don’t just leave the scraps on top of the compost heap.”  Ummm… okay… now what?

Here’s another thing we’ve been doing wrong: “mix grass clippings and green waste into the pile and bury fruit and vegetable waste under 10 inches of compost material.”  We just throw the fruit and vegetable waste on top.  Oops.

Step 2. Is work composting the only option?

After reading this brochure, I think work composting is the best option for us.  The other option is simply burying food in the ground.  That doesn’t seem like fun.  Also not very practical.

Step 3. Amazon.com

I will order Uncle Jim’s worms from Amazon.  They get 4-1/2 stars.  I read the 1 star reviews first and noticed a number of people reporting less than the advertised 1,000 worms.  Also, many reported dead worms in their package.  I am going to buy because of this quote from one of the 4 star reviews:

I’ve read a couple of reviews where people have claimed to have counted two hundred or four hundred worms. I call shenanigans. You won’t be able to count every single worm…

Emphasis mine.  How can I possibly not buy these worms with such a great retort!  All your negative comments are invalid!

Step 4: To be continued…

If I remember and have the inclination, I will report on our progress.

In the mean time, please share your composting tips!

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1 Response to Worms for Compost

  1. Sarah says:

    I’ve had a worm farm a couple of times. One I ordered from Uncle Jim’s. The second time I got them from the Texas Worm Ranch. She is at a community garden here in Dallas and did a program for the girl scout troop. Chris wouldn’t let me keep them in the house. They didn’t survive the heat in the summer in Texas. Or maybe I didn’t do enough to keep them moist. We did have fun harvesting worm poop and finding for worm eggs. I have a compost pile in back. I toss food scraps and the occasional bag of grass clippings in on top. I turn it with a pitchfork when the gnats and fruit flys start to multiply. The boys like the pile because they try to catch the anoles that live in it.


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