Saturday, June 20, 2009

Worm Party

Do you wish that red worms would get busy under your sink in a plastic bin and turn your kitchen scraps into rich castings that your plants will love dearly? I did, and I found a simple way to make one in the book The Urban Homestead (see On The Back Porch posting). It's pretty easy, requiring only a plastic bin or two with lids, a drill, a pound of red worms, and shredded newspaper, a handful of soil for grit, and a pound of fruit and vegetable scraps a week. Drill air holes in the bin (top, bottom, and sides). Add the newspaper (dampened) and worms and leave them alone for a week, then start adding scraps. Keep everything damp but not wet and bury the scraps in a different location in the bin each week. After a couple months, you have the finished product. Separate the worms from the worm castings (there are a few ways to do this) and then use the castings as fertilizer. Add a bit to the soil around your plants, or soak some in water (1 part castings to 3 parts water) for 24 hours and water your plants with it. They will love you for it.

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