While I was planting iris bulbs last weekend, I decided I wanted a worm bed. The area I was digging was full of earthworms, red worms, night crawlers…whatever you know them by. I got out my handy dandy copy of Mother Earth News and read how to set up a worm bed. A cat litter bucket with a screen cover has become my new worm bed.
Threw in a mess of moist, shredded newspaper and small chunks of unwaxed cardboard. Topped that with the dirt, sand, cornmeal and added the worms. Gave them a small amount of chopped turnips, spinach leaves, tomato tops, used tea bags and some coffee grounds with filter. I added a little bit more stuff from the kitchen this past Thursday and I’ll check them again tomorrow. So far, they haven’t crawled out so it’s not too wet…and I only found live ones when I buried the last food scraps.
We’re looking to keep them through the winter and add them to the new raised beds come spring. If this batch continues to do well, I may go out and dig up enough worms to set up another bucket. They are quiet, odorless and the easiest to care for pets we’ve ever had, lol. Oh…they’re living in my sewing room too. With winter coming, the temperature will be in the range they need for survival.
Have you ever had a worm bed? Did you do anything special for them? What did you find best to feed them? This is definitely a new area for me, lol….the only time I’ve messed with worms was to fish!
Susan ~ Patchkat