I Heart Vermiculture Part One: How I Got Started

Healthy population of Reds in a disturbed worm...Image via Wikipedia
Last year I ran into a fellow composter at a farmers market. The thing was he was composting with worms.

I scratched my head and questioned where I had even heard of such a thing before. Well truth be told I am an Ad Age junkie and I read and article about TerraCycle and how they were "Sued By Scotts" because they thought (Scotts) that TerraCycle's packaging (reused 20 ounce pop bottles) for their worm poop was to similar to miracle grows packaging (it's not).

Well that was several years ago and although I always though of buying their worm tea but I just stuck with my own homemade compost.

After several visits to the farmers market I finally convince my dear vermiculture friend to sell me a coffee can full of worms.  Yeah I was going head first into vermiculture. I was going to rock the vermiculture world and make tons of rich garden friendly worm poop.

Things were slow going at first, but after a year of the worms living in my basement I harvested those puppies (or worms). We moved their home outside, and are feeding them like crazy. They are also loving the warmer weather, or outdoor air because they are multiplying like mad.

It's funny how some people look at me like I am a little off my rocker because I have red wigglers in my basement, but they don't smell when you put the correct items in your worm bin.  It is also so much easier to run down the basement to dump my coffee ground than it is to put on boots and a hardcore winter jacket to walk out to the compost bin in the back yard. Convenience rules.

Stay tuned for Part Two: How to make your own worm compost bin from things you probably already have.



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