Vermiculture

In the yard, earthworms produce succulent castings rich in nutrients and bacteria that support life processes. Indoors, our frost-challenged red wigglers produce probiotic castings that I use in compost tea for the garden. And like honeybees, the worms make me mindful of life processes to which I’m inextricably connected.

The worm bin sits atop a laundry basket tower, right next to the tankless water heater.

The worm bin sits atop a laundry basket tower, right next to the tankless water heater.

Before starting with worms, I was worried about creating the right conditions to keep them alive, so I purchased a worm bin online before ordering worms. While the manufactured product works well, now that I have more experience I feel confident that homemade bins from salvaged materials can be just as hygienic and effective.

Inspired by the urban vermicomposting of Will Allen and the Olomana Gardens documentary, I have dreams of scaling up my colony to a larger, outdoor vermicomposting system. I see the worms as being integral for creating more fertility on the homestead.

Red wiggler worms eating kohlrabi

Inside the tower, red wiggler worms enjoying kohlrabi!

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