Chandri MacLeod (chandri) wrote,
Chandri MacLeod

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It's aliiiiiiive!

A few weeks ago, I started a compost bin on my balcony. I did it with a big Rubbermaid bin with a tray, some newspaper, and a couple of handfuls of worms and compost dirt harvested from Mum's mega-composter. We found surprisingly few worms, so I was a little worried it wouldn't work - there would be too much food for too few worms.

Today, Mum and I drove out to the homestead of in Maple Ridge and picked up another half-pound of worms - I took half, Mum took half, because she just bought yet another composter. I had to move the contents of the bin to install the new screen Mum made (my worms kept escaping and dying dried-up on the decking - I know this was a sign the compost simply hadn't settled yet, and that when it did they'd stop trying to make a break for it, but I figured better safe than sorry, and anyway Mum made me a screen that included shade for the worms!), which involved flipping the bin onto the tray and then dumping the contents back into the bin before adding the new worms to the bin.

And lo and behold, there were worm castings in the tray! And really fine ones, because they had filtered down through the screen already at the bottom of the bin, which was pretty fine to begin with. (For those not in the know - worm castings are basically worm poop, what you get when worms process vegetation and other stuff; the Really Good Dirt that makes the best fertilizer out there. And my worms made some!)

Do you know what this means? I means I did it right! I made a good place for worms! I built a functioning ecosystem!

I'm so proud! artemisiabrisol is unenthused, because she does not see the glory of worms. (Worms are fabulous. They are extremely hard-working and supremely useful. Most importantly, they have relieved me of the guilt of throwing away teabags and eggshells and banana peels forever! I mean okay, I've been sneaking them into the community garden compost for a while now, but this is so much cooler!)

Now I've just got to keep adding stuff, and in a few months, I'll be able to harvest beautiful, magical worm dirt!

I tried to get a picture of the new worms in the neighbourhood, but they seem to have already wriggled to the bottom. Already hard at work!

Tomorrow I will do something I haven't done in a while: plant pictures! My tomato plants are getting big, and my store-bought tomato plant has wee little green tomatoes on it! It's so exciting!
Tags: gardening, hippygeek, pictures

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