Worm Farm Here at Last
Our worm farm arrived and now it is time to assemble it and set it up ready for our worms.
Got back from an extended period away from the inter-net and computers to find hundreds of emails needing attention and a worm farm sitting in my neighbours’ hall way! So – I sent a text to my great-nephew, Jake, who is going to be my right-hand worm man and arranged for him to visit. I get a mixed reception to worms from children. Some love them, some run screaming. They get little sympathy from me, I’m afraid, just a quick lesson on the beauty of the different faces of nature and little creatures that help us.
With great anticipation, this week Jake and I worked on assembling the worm farm and setting it up ready to receive our worm guests. It proved to be very easy and my staunch assistant did most of it (he is 8 years old) with great enthusiasm and understanding. We took the advice of the suppliers of the multi-tiered worm farm I had chosen and prepared it according to their instructions, using the supplied coir block as the bedding. This only needed to be soaked in a bucket of water and then squeezed out. Assembling it was a breeze.
My secret worm ‘guru’, Bentley, from Red Worm Composting, suggested adding some food right away, so as to prepare the bed for the worms upon their imminent arrival. Doing that and leaving it for a week or so allows the new home to mature, so to speak, making a more comfortable environment for our new charges.
They have now been ordered and we look forward to receiving them in a few days’ time.
So exciting. All the children are waiting to make new worm-friends and I hope to end up with three great-nieces and a nephew who do not run screaming to the hills at the thought of handling and looking after these amazing little creatures. Actually, I know that they won’t! And – I can now confirm that assembling the worm farm was child’s play! Yes – it is official. Children can do it!
Thank you, 1st Worm Assistant!