Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Worms in The House...on purpose???!!!

Say hello to our new little friends.

That's right we are the proud owners of a new VermiHut and a 1/2 pound of hungry, squirmy worms.  The VermiHut offers deluxe accommodations for red wrigglers that will devour our organic scraps and transform it into rich, luscious soil that our veggies are going to love.

We got our worms and 4 tray VermiHut from Bruce at Red Wriggler Haven in St. Norbert for $139.  Yes, I know we could have build our own vermiposter using a rubbermaid tub for a lot less, but we're suckers for good looks and convenience.  And, because we're proudly displaying our vermiposter in our kitchen, we wanted something that looked good and wouldn't lead to any mishaps.

It's been about three weeks since we set up our vermiposter and we're starting to see some progress.  I checked this morning and the carrot peels we threw in three weeks ago are gone.  Completely gone.  They haven't decayed into a small, liquidy pile of goop, they're just gone.  All that's left is a wonderful rich, black pile of worm poop!  And no, there's no rotten stench coming from our vermiposter.  Only when I open it up and go digging around, do I notice a whiff of moist earth, but that's about it.

I've learned that one pound generally includes about 1,000 red worms. Worms eat about half their weight each day, and need plenty of food to multiply. So two pounds of worms would eat about one pound of organic waste every a day.  That means, our 1/2 pound of worms will eat about 1/4 pound of food per day.  And, in about 90 days, assuming we keep conditions just right, our worms will double and we'll be able to feed them about 1/2 pound per day.

For more great facts and trivia about worms check out Cathy's Crawly Compost

We still keep the compost bucket under the sink, but I'm looking forward to feeding our new friends a little more now that they're used to their new home.

I can't wait to give some of that rich compost to our veggies later this spring.

Just wondering, would you keep worms in your house?

1 comment:

WolfSong said...

Thanks for the link for the worms! I had been wondering where to find them in Manitoba.

Typically I have the outdoors composters, but for winter, I would love to have the worms indoors...and the Vermihut looks so...stylish? Not at all what one would expect from a worm house. :)