August Worm Update

Our worms have multiplied! Our bin is quite well-stocked now. This has led to changes. We began to get worms crawling up the sides and around the lid, looking for greener pastures — or some place with more than a few apple-cores to go around. We solved this problem thanks to Mrs. B. of Mrs. B’s Meals to Go (across the road from us in the old Bell Inn. She finds us some leftover produce and scraps every week and keeps the worms happy.

The old Bell Inn, location of Mrs B's Meals to Go in Dorchester, NB.
The Bell Inn, home of Mrs. B's Meals to Go, across from the library. Mrs. B very kindly provides us with some produce scraps every week for our worm bin.

We’ve also been finding that the bin gets too damp during the four days the library is closed. This is probably both because it’s warmer and because there are a lot more worms and a lot more damp food in there. We’ve tried to mitigate this by cutting some square ventilation holes in the lid and taping screen over them. That helped a little. Leaving the lid off for part of the day while the worms are out in the library also helps. So does putting a sheet of dry newspaper tented over the top at night. It absorbs some of the moisture and can be thrown out in the green (compostable) garbage the next morning.

It’s getting time to change the bedding and clean out the compost again, though!


Worms: A Progress Report

How are our worms doing? They’re still alive! That’s good.

Are they happy? They haven’t crawled out to seek fame and fortune elsewhere, so I suppose they must be.

Are they eating up all their yummy apple cores? They get three apple cores a week from the library manager’s lunch. We don’t have very many worms, so we don’t want to over-feed them. So far there’s at least one of last week’s apple cores left, but we can’t find the banana peel, so maybe they ate that first. (No, they don’t really gobble it up with their little teeth. Worms don’t have teeth! They wait for it to get nice and mushy.)

We also found a melon or squash seed that had germinated. It must have come with the compost the worms were in. We planted it in with one of our geraniums. Perhaps we’ll grow a squash this summer!

Our friend E. says chubby worms are the best. I’m not sure if our worms are chubby. They look rather thin to us. Maybe they need to eat more.

We haven’t seen any baby worms, but we hope they’re down there somewhere.

Introducing the Red Wigglers

Today we received a container of worms from Ook’s friends the Murray family and introduced them to our worm bin. They came with some nice compost of their own to get started with.

Worms in compost with cocoons.
Our worms arrived with some of their very own compost.

Here they are in their new bin, ready to start eating our apple cores and banana peels.

Slightly out of focus! Here the worms are going into their bin.

Thanks to the Murrays for giving us the worms to get us started!