I love eating out of my own garden! I grow more and more food every year, it’s just so great to collect dinner from my yard instead of running to the store. Plus I know that it’s super-fresh and nutritious (every minute something is out of the ground, it loses nutrition. Stand in the garden and eat is my motto) and also pesticide-free.
Today, we emptied the worm bins into our greenhouse and I planted a little cold-weather stuff in there. It’s still too early to risk putting things in the ground outdoors, although it was over 80°F, and we have some over-wintered kale and spinach out there.
I have worm bins for the kitchen waste. I thought that the worms might die over the winter, but they survived. Several years ago I bought 2 large plastic storage containers. One went on the bottom to catch the run off, then I drilled lots of holes in the other. I filled it with wet strips of newsprint and a little dirt and bought a pound of worms from The Wonder Worman. I bury our kitchen waste in the bin and also dump shredded paper on top. With time, it turns into compost. When it got so that the worms had eaten most of the paper, I bought another plastic bin and drilled holes in it and put it on top of the other two (with the lid only on the top one) with wet paper, etc. Then kitchen scraps go only into the top bin. The worms mostly crawled up into it.
Then we bought a second tier of bins, since we had so much kitchen waste and so many worms. Last fall, my partner, who is quite the handy-man, built a structure for the whole thing, so we could get it off of the ground, where it was making a bit of a mess. The tap on the bottom lets us drain off the worm tea, which is a rich fertilizer too.
We emptied the bottom ones today and put the compost out in the greenhouse. Then the top ones went underneath to finish composting and the old bottom ones went on top. It’s a great system (before we added the third bin on top, I used to try to sort worms from compost and that was a pain, believe me. This top bin system worked great. I love it!). I put almost everything in except avocado pits and skins, mango pits, and anything really hard like broccoli stems gets cut up first. Also, there are certain house plants that the worms just won’t eat. I had read that one should keep onions out, but our worms love them. The biggest thing is to keep the waste covered – you have to bury it or the worms won’t eat it and it will draw flies.
It’s Sunday and time for the ROW80 check-in here.