Sunday, March 29, 2009

My Pet Worms

I am a little anxious to share this post with you . . . I am pretty sure it will push me over the edge from "crafty do-it-yourself-er" to "crazy-Boulderite-hippy." So I will just spit it out-

I keep worms and rotting food in a plastic tub in our living room.

There, I said it. But it is really not as bad as it sounds . . . I promise.

If you are not convinced, another very influential apartment dwelling blogger has recently posted on this topic- giving me the courage to share it with you!

Also, I have finally reaped the benefits of keeping worms- the dirt- so now seemed as good as any to showcase our only pets.

I had to order the worms online because there was no one locally to buy them from. When I went to get the package from our Community Center, the employees there were a little taken aback by my choice of pet.


They are now safely living here in this plastic house my parents and I made. (I secretly love the bin Small Apartment has- I would like to switch - but then what would I do with two bins full of holes?)


I even have a picture of the worms themselves. (I read I should turn the bin over every other week or so to make sure it continues to get air all around. Hence the gardening gloves. I don't love the worms that much . . . ) If you look close, you can see a long worm and a tiny little one. This is good- it means my worms are happy and making babies!


And here is the dirt I have "harvested." I still need to sift it somehow- but I have been using it as fertilizer in the plants I recently re-potted.


I am just putting it out there . . . if you are an apartment dweller and would like to compost, vermicomposting with red worms are for you! If you do not want to compost- then red worms are not worth it. Thanks for reading about my wormies!

13 comments:

Mandy said...

I love your worms. :) Hey, if you start getting a ton of extra dirt, we could always take some off your hands. We're going to plant some flowers in pots on our deck this summer.

Lisa said...

I don't think this is for me (I don't think I could have worms in my apartment), but what a great idea!

Hi, Lane said...

I love your idea, but I was gardening this weekend and came across a worm. I promptly shrieked, my fiance came running, and he escorted it from the premises to a nearby bush. Then I asked if there was a "colony" of them and he laughed at me. Apparently they don't live in colonies. I live at the beach, I've only ever played in sand! Haha, I also have blonde hair... complete with the ability to laugh at myself.

Heather said...

I envy your worms. I was in the garden yesterday and came across a ton of worms under some leaves...I was so exited I almost went and got the camera... but I resisted. Keep up the good work with your slimy pets.

Lucy Marie said...

I think I'll just stick with my pet dog! I don't think I'd like cuddling up with my worms on the couch on a rainy afternoon. :D

Snow White said...

that's awesome!

Emily said...

I think that's the best post about worms I've ever read. Lol. Very cool!

My name is PJ said...

Now, that's a new one one me, Taryn! We compost, but our bin is outdoors...never occurred to me that there was a setup for apartment dwellers too!

Ashley @ The Happy Little Home said...

Okay so being an Ann Arbor "hippie" myself, I have always wondered about starting a compost. My reasons for not doing it are one: I'm Lazy. Two: I'm really worried it's going to stink. Do you have problems with that?

Jennifer said...

Great idea!! Worms don't bother me I have two preschoolers who love to play in the dirt..lol.

Taryn said...

Ashley: The bins will not stink at all if you don't go over board with food (i.e. give them more food than they can eat in a few weeks.) Also, if might stink if you give them oils, meats or other things on the not give list. We have not had a problem yet.

Super Careo said...

Taryn! I have been wanting to start vermicomposting FOREVER. Now, I think I'm going to do it (we can be Midwest neo-hippies together).

Priscilla said...

Kurt and I want to know...do the worms have names? Do they wear tiny collars?

On a serious note, pretty neat way to compost in a smaller space. I can just imagine Hazel getting into the "worm house" though:)