Monday, May 25, 2009

Our Indoor Wormery




These little red earthworms are Andrew's pride and joy. He is finally achieving his objective of converting meaningful amounts of household and garden waste into vermi compost for our vegetable orchard. He plans to expand this on a much larger scale outdoors in Spring. This has become such a passion of his . So, knitting and earthworms full our days....

18 comments:

Kelly said...

Hi Suzanne,
Hope you all had a lovely weekend. This is an incredible set up and what a meaningful interest Andrew has. We would love to tag along beside and watch your husband tend to his wormery. You guys are great!
Best wishes
Kelly

Tan Family said...

Knitting and earthworms! I love it. Truly, a loving, enriched, creative home.

gardenmama said...

Can you believe the pictures of all those worms made this gardener a bit squeamish?! : ) lol!
What a wonderful way to compost! And a big operation at that, your gardens will love you!!

suzanne said...

Hi Everyone.

I do have to add that they are pampered earthworms.. When my Dad was alive, he brought a little bank bag of these worms over the Zimabwean border in his hat! My Dad was a farmer and had an Earthworm farm too. I just love that story. Smuggled worms!

Thank you all for visiting
Warm regards
Suzanne

Lisa said...

Wow! That wormery is AMAZING!!!!! I must do this. Wow, so your worms are from your dad's stock? That is really neat, glad to see the love of worms continues to run in the family.

-Lisa :)

mamak said...

Wow! That is so cool! I have never seen a set up like that. That's just so neat!

themagiconions said...

What deliciously, wiggly worms... don't know why, but I have such an urge to plunge my hands into them... I'd probably change my mind if I was there in person...

Kelly said...

Love the smuggled worms story too. Very funny. I must say my parents farm loads of worms but unfortunately not for gardening purposes but for fishing with at Lake Kariba. I always remember seeing people selling tins of worms along the roadside on the way to fishing destinations. Hundreds of fat, wiggly worms!

suzanne said...

Hi Mama K

Everyone of those worm boxes have this amount in them. They are obviously very happy. I will blog more in the future when we move to the orchard.

thank you for visiting

suzanne said...

Hi Magiconions Mama.

They are lovely to hold. Wiggly Yes! They are incredible breeders. When we do this on a bigger scale, you have to separate size and eggs etc. Lots of wiggling then...

Thank you for poping in

Warm regards
Suzanne

suzanne said...

Hi Kelly

I am sure those were my dads worms! Karoi was the last stop before Kariba and he used to sell his in boxed containers. My My a small world....

Enjoy FRANCE!!!

Shirley Ann said...

Hi Suzanne,

Just discovered your blog and love it. Next on our self-sufficient journey are the earthworms. You have a huge amount of worms, your garden is going to be Soooo happy!

suzanne said...

Hi Shirley Ann

Thank you for popping by. It has taken us a while to get these little worms to be happy but I think we now have the recipe. Andrew went on an Earthworm course in Knysna. Please feel free to ask any questions you have about how to look after them.

Thank you so much for visiting.

Warm regards
Suzanne

Joy said...

whoa. that's quite alot of earthworms. I love the knitting and earthworms comment. :)

suzanne said...

Morning Joy

I have a book called "the Earth moved" Its the most facinating book on Earthworms. They are truely remarkable creatures. I am so happy Andrew has this interest, When he heads for the worms , I run for the knitting needles. Its always so difficult trying to balance my focus on my family duties and my hobby. I keep trying...

Have a lovely day
Warm regards
Suzanne

Angela said...

thanks for sharing this with the Magic Onions' Friday nature table group - that's where i found the link.

WOW! that is an amazing worm bin set up!!

as my oldest says, "worms and gardens are best friends." :)

themagiconions said...

Oooh, I have such an urge to squggle my hands in them! They are amazing and I bet make WONDERFUL veggies!
Thanks for sharing on Friday's Nature Table.
Blessings and magic.

Green Mamma said...

Inspiring! It makes me feel grateful to see families and young people taking an interest in helping our planet stay healthy. We too have a vermicompost and now I'm thinking I ought to introduce it to our daughter as part of her "helping" tasks throughout our days and weeks.