Worms in Residence and Bokashi Success
Well, the worms arrived in a little brown box inside of which was a plastic takeaway food container with holes in the lid. The worms were quite happily squirming around in this, under some soil, just waiting to be unloaded into their new home.
This we did with some ceremony and they quickly ducked under their new bedding with no problems at all. We dampened the matting cover that was provided with the ‘can o’ worms’ worm farm and placed it gently over our new pets, then left them alone for several days with just the small amount of partly decomposing fruit and vegetable scraps recommended by the guru, Bentley, of Red Worm Composting.
When we went to check them a few days later, we just could not believe how they had grown. Miracles, I say. We feed them very little. A few carrot skins, some chopped tulip stems and flowers (dead) some mouldy strawberries, chopped broccoli and some little pieces of raw potato that had seen better days. So far, with this diet of kitchen waste, they are still going strong and indeed, they seem to be thriving. I do notice that this cold weather we have been having has kept them under. The minute it warms up, though, so does their rate of activity and they put on quite a show when we take a peek inside their home.
No leachate, yet, however. The bed is plenty moist enough so I am reluctant to add any water. Can anyone please suggest if I should be doing something about this? Perhaps some juicy fruit?
My Bokashi is doing great. No smells in the kitchen at all, just the expected and welcome white mould. So far I have been adding the results of my labours to my compost bin, but once I have sorted out the garden up against the fence, I intend to bury a few batches there before re-planting. In a week or so, I want to try giving some to the worms, too.
Oh it’s great to see the sun and to get into the gardening groove at last!