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We’ve just gotten through quite a spell of rain. We have the kind of sloppy ground where worms must crawl to the surface or else they’ll drown. I found an enormous worm in the parking lot of my kids’ school. He was wriggling in a puddle, but he wouldn’t last long during AM drop-off. So, I bent down, scooped him up and flung him to some higher ground where he had a better chance of survival.
Yes, I rescue many forms of wildlife.
My son said, “Mom, you should have saved him for your compost pile.”
My daughter scoffed, “How would she get it home? Put it in her pocket?”
Then they doubled over in laughter at the idea of me forgetting I have a worm in my pocket, sitting down, promptly squishing it.
Anyway, the conversation reminded me that I need to rehab my compost pile. I’m a fair-weather composter. I don’t trudge out back in the middle of January with my banana peels or coffee grounds. I’m pretty lazy about turning the pile to keep everything cooking. I don’t layer it the way I’m supposed to. But, even my half-arsed efforts have yielded me some nice (albeit of a small quantity) compost from year to year.
I know that it’s a little late in the year to get started. However, I saw this post on The Soulsby Farm about building a worm farm and I was curious to know what I was doing wrong. If I was doing anything right. Immediately I am intrigued by the simple, cheap list of supplies! And Cheerios? You’re kidding me. My family goes through eggs and Cheerios the way Red Wiggler worms do, so now I am hooked. I need to re-do my compost pile so that it works like that! The pictures make the process look easy, and it won’t take me all day.
And even better is knowing I can do this with a cold beer in one hand.
Gardening can’t get much more enjoyable than that.