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Worm Hotel… Composting with Worms

Well since we have 3 boys (soon to be 4) we thought it only appropriate that we get well aquatinted with things slippery and slimy.  Actually, it was my wife who wanted to make the dive (or should I say squirm) into Vermicompost.  Now we have a hotel for worms in our backyard and lots of happy residents chowing down on our daily food scraps.   We have several small garden plots on our postage stamp size lot in the city, so I'm sure the ROI for compost is about 20 years at price it took us to build our hotel and populate it.  Cynicism aside, I have no doubt that the worm bin will not only provide us with some good compost, but hours on fun for our masculine element.  Check out the pictures below.  If you want to build your own hotel, here is one basic set of instructions.

Our New Hotel

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New Residents.. wait.. maybe not.

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The Real New Residents

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  • steve

    check out http://compostingwormbins.com for lots of good info on worms and vermicomposting.

  • http://muskogeephoenixonline.com/blogs/MollyDay/ Martha/All the Dirt on Gardening

    Hi –
    We also (well, husband) built a worm hotel this month. Ours is completely different from yours, but I completely agree with you about the cost.
    Yikes! I bought worms from 2 online sellers $20 to one and $30 to the other and I did not receive the handful of worms you did.
    This is not a low-cost hobby. We did it as an Earth Day activity.
    Martha in Muskogee OK

  • http://www.ecocity.com Greg Willson

    low cost approach to worm farming.

    If you get the word that a local community garden has seeded their compost with Kentucky Red Wiggler worms, just drop off some nice lama or composted organic horse manure or something as a donation, and grab a few worms. It does not take many worms to get a huge pile going. Sorry worm entrepremeurs making it selling seed worms for worm bins.. but its not really necessary to buy worms, or make a box- an old rubbermaid will work, or a pile outside with some wood trim and an area for the worms to sleep and another side of them pile for fresh things to feed on and they will go crazy so long as its not bitter cold and they get some food. if they don't get food, worms migrate away! – I learned about this at the 13th street NYC community gardens back in 1992. peaceout!

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Beautiful summer day in RochesterLicensed to kill...deer that is. And small woodland varmits"Daddy I'm cool" :sunglasses:Mmmm marsh mellows@ladyloki, Look a new one!!! Very english. Almost can't detect the lavender, but very tasty!! I'll get you one for when you visit Rochester if they're still at the store next time I go. #kombucha ##jetlagBackGatwick airport.... how it looks to spend 12 hours there:grimacing:. Kids did an amazing jobs helping cart around ALL our 25+ bags!!! God sent many helpful people along the way. #tryagaintoday #flightcancelled #lifewithboys #25 hours later back in home sweet home. Love is not efficient- both of these guys met me at the airport at 2am!Homeward boundWelcome to the This is our newest addition to the rental property, care of Lucas finding a rock on the floor inside and dutifully trying to throw it out the open door opposite this now shattered pane. Just had the glazier here Friday to get replacement panes for broken Lucas has self captioned this original piece of artwork. He calls it "Broken Glass"! #lifewithboysKids love the rain. Maybe a connection between this and the fact that unless we become like children we will not enter the kingdom of God.Great Britain comes complete with free blackberries!!!! Super sweet. #berrygreatbritain