Sunday, April 21, 2013

New Addition to Worm Towers

When we last visited the worm condo, it was November of 2012 and I was just setting up. I've added another story since then, and now it's time to add a third level. As you can see here, the worms have been busy and there are scraps in various stages of consumption.
 
 
Worms are happily exploring on the lid as well. In my experience it's normal to have some wanderers like this, but not normal if you have a mass exodus from the bin with worms on the floor around the outside. Luckily they are still happy in here ~ ~ ~

 
First I added some coir (coconut husk) to reduce moisture. This may look dry now, but that won't last. I find it easier to have a wet bin than a dry one.

 
Then I set the next "floor" of the condo right on top of the coir.

 
Here's a "winter slaw" that I made with no dressing added that has gone past prime flavor, perfect for the worms...

 
...added a bag of spinach on top (I thought it was too old but it still looked edible-too late for me now :)

 
Topped it all with more coir...

 
...then found some old muskmelon that needed a home...

 
...topped with more coir to keep the gnats away...

 
...there! We have a three-story worm condo, filled with happy tenants.


I've found it very liberating to buy as much produce as I want with no concern for how fast I get it eaten-I have these guys to pick up my slack! They win, my plants win, I win! ~ ~ ~

7 comments:

marie lewis said...

Good work , does it make any difference about worms, I remember reading about that somewhere

marie lewis said...

I remember reading somewhere that you have to chose a certain kind of worm, and where do you get them?

mrbrownthumb said...

All those greens that you added look perfectly edible to me. Your worms have better diets than I do. LOL.

Garden Broad said...

Hi Marie! Yes the best ARE "red wigglers", and I got mine from these folks.

These worm forums have lots of great info too.

Garden Broad said...

MBT-Lol, they eat better than me most of the time, too :)

Vkl said...

That spinach does look pretty tasty! Lucky worms!
I think my chickens would probably be upset if I got a worm farm and started giving all their tasty treats away!
V.

Garden Broad said...

Oh yea, chickens should come first :)