Monday, May 10, 2010

An organic (com)post

I always thought it would be neat to own a farm. But somehow this....

...isn't quite what I'd envisioned in my grandest of dreams along that line. There's no big red barn, dirt roads, rolling hills of green & gold - no horses or cows :( But - nonetheless, my new worm farm is a start! Hubby built it for me from the ground up (all 5 inches or so :) and it's soon (hopefully) to be some "rich" real-estate. I think there are a couple resident worms in there but it looks like I may hafta mail order some initial breeding stock - as I can't seem to find them for sale locally.

I already fed the "animals" a gourmet mix of banana peel, coffee grinds, veggie scraps & egg shells this morning. I gather they love rabbit poop too & we have a most reliable source for that. Meet our steady supplier, Oliver Twix:

Future plans include relocating farm raised worms, & the rich "rabbit poop soup" (compost!) they produce, to my flower & vegetable gardens. If that grosses you out - sorry - but that's what "organic" is all about. As I see it, it's one amazing way God illustrates His unique ability to turn something bad into something good - in a most remarkable way. Call me crazy - but actually, I'm serious.

I found some helpful starter tips here: Vermicomposting

"Manure is an art, and I consider myself an accomplished artist."

- John Adams to his son -
(my note: this was one of the most memorable scenes
in the John Adams HBO miniseries :)


The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...


We need some "mr & mrs farmer"-type photos. Pitchfork and overalls included, please!


GlassMelts said...

We have two compost bins here. They take a bit longer than the worm type but they do the job quite nicely. We fill one (food scraps, leaves, grass clippings, coffee grounds, etc.) then once full keep turning it until it's done, while we fill the second one.

MyStory of HiStory said...

Ha! Farmgal, you crack me up! And I just knew you'd be so proud of me here :)

MyStory of HiStory said...

Hi Marnie/GlassMelts... since you're going solar, I felt compelled to do SOMETHING! :)