April 28, 2011

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Can you guess what todays post will be for W-day?

Worms!

Worms are great in the garden as they provide a bit of aeration to the soil as they go about their business, and they leave bits of themselves behind which enriches the soil as well.  When it rains (and we've had lots of that lately), they rise to the surface and provide a tasty treat for my chickens too. #Winning!

Photo by pennylayn
You can even have a worm garden and harvest them to hasten composting or to sell to other eco-minded people in your area. The worm most widely used in vermiculture (worm farming) is the red worm, not your garden-variety earthworm.

There are numerous places online where you can buy red worms and the simple supplies needed to start your own worm composting farm should you want to give vermiculture a try.  When maintained properly (which takes little effort), there is no offensive odor.   I don't want to link to any specific site as I don't have a personal testimonial for any of them, but a quick search should return dozens of options from which to choose.

I've got enough to do with the rest of the critters and chicken farming, so I don't think I'll be adding worm farming to the mix any time soon, but I'm not ruling it out for the future.

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5 comments:

Stephanie V said...

Fun post. I'm delighted with the red worms in our compost. They are the busiest creatures.
Of course, gummy worms have their attractions, too.

Word Nerd said...

...guess I'll go out and eat worms!

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Marilisa Sachteleben said...

You could raise worms and sell them to local anglers, too. My husband has paid $3 for a dozen wax worms.

Langley said...

The worms in my compost heap are giant.

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Amy Brantley said...

I've wanted to start a compost pile for quite some time, but definitely need to invest in a bear safe container. We get bears in our yard without having food around so I can only imagine.