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Published on Friday, August 25, 2023
Sometimes, I used a large plastic bin as a container for a worm bin. But, if you have a choice between plastic and a natural, grown-in-the-soil material, of course, you should ďgo natural.Ē
We have plenty of wood on the property, I even have a portable sawmill to use to turn recently deceased trees into planks and yes, some of the planks are probably insect-resistant.
The trouble is, no one seems to know which kind of wood is which. Plus, wood is heavy and I, as you know, am (mumble mumble) years old. Heavy lifting is no longer my thing. According to the doctor, light lifting is no longer my thing either.
Naturally, I went off to the web to look into worm farming, which is essentially what I wanted to do, on a very small scale, and it turns out that wood is the best material for a Ďworm pení because it absorbs excess moisture. Too much moisture is not good for the worms. Score a point for my reader.
So, if you really want to use worms, especially red wigglers, to compost your vegetable matter, letís do it right!
First, get that wooded bin set up in the right place. What is the right place? It needs to be in the shade, and, if possible, up on no-rot supports like rocks (all natural) or concrete blocks so that insects you donít want are at least discouraged.
The shade? Worms canít tolerate high temperatures, so 80 degrees Fahrenheit or 27 degrees Celsius is the max.
Next, worms want moist bedding and food, not wet bedding and food so those worms are going to need a tent.
Plant for the
week. Every now and then I like to
throw in a picture of something you donít
want in your garden. This is one of those
times. This is a weed and a noxious one.
Why? See all those little hairs? When the
seeds form, they are going to be clingy.
Dog fur and the cloth in your jeans and
socks are going to be covered with the
little monsters. Pull this weed all the
way out and you will save yourself trouble
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