Spring is the time when I begin to think about my raised flower and vegetable beds, potted plants, budding trees, poking perennials and, OF COURSE, harvesting my valuable, super rich red wiggler castings. My Red Wigglers have been munching and pooping for months and are ready to move into some comfy, fresh bedding.
I am ready to get my hands dirty – are you? If you’re a vermicomposter in Bend and prefer keeping your hands worm poop free, but still want to reap the rewards of your red wigglers, I’ve got a solution for you! At the request of several local vermicomposters, I will now be providing a Spring “cleaning” service to make sure your worms are good to go for the upcoming growing season. Presenting:
Wonder Worman’s Wiggler Waste Withdrawal Spring Special
I have packed up my worm bin replenishing supplies to visit your home or ranch in the Bend area. I will be armed with:
- Shredded newspaper
- Moisture tester (my finger)
- Scent analyzer (my nose – sorry Basset Hounds not available)
- pH tester (this is actually a real scientific instrument)
- Peat moss
- Fly paper (if needed)
And there are two packages to choose from:
Economy Worman Package – $29
- Check the pH of your worm bin and advise accordingly
- Check for any unwanted bugs
- Removal of said bugs
- Replenish the bed spread (the bed covering)
Deluxe Worman Package – $49
This includes all the steps in package #1 plus the following:
- Sift and bag your nutrient rich compost
- Replenish your bedding
- Return your wigglers to their newly remodeled home
There you have it. :^)
If you would like to schedule a day, call me or send me an email.
My vegetable garden seems to be nearing the end of it’s growing season. We have eaten a lot of squash and snap peas! This has been out first year with the garden, and I am so pleased with the results.
We started the garden in late May, planting some from starters and some from seeds. They both grew rather well. When we began, we added soil from the local garden center. With some of the seeds/plants, I added my worm castings. They did rather well and was asked by many of the neighbors “Did you use fertilizer?” I just told them it was the castings.
We also used a cloth over the top which was used on the cold spring nights. We took those off in early July.
I look forward to doing this again next year.
Local shops in town like, Big Island Kona Mix Plate, thump coffee, and Riley’s Market provide tasty scraps for pick up. These scraps are put to good use and let the Super Composting Red Wigglers get a taste variety.
I support Big Island Kona Mix Plate, a local family owned restaurant, in their efforts to make their restaurant “greener”. Also, Big Island Kona Mix Plate no longer uses styrofoam plate-ware, which further reduces their contribution to the landfill.
Thump coffee, is a really cool coffee shop downtown (family owed as well), has an ample supply of used coffee grounds that can be used in your garden or compost pile. When my Super Composting Red Wigglers need a little pick-me-up I stop by the shop just before closing and pick up the goods.
Riley’s Market, another family owned business, located in NorthWest Crossing, offers among other things, fresh organic locally grown produce, a variety of delicious sandwiches and tasty baked goods. When time takes its toll on the produce and bakery items at Riley’s Market, I am called in to take the goods to my trusty sidekicks! My Super Composting Red Wigglers are more than happy to do their part! What a great treat!
This is a Sow Bug, a Terrestrial Isopod. These guys proliferate in dark, damp areas like worm bins. They munch on decaying matter alongside the Red Wigglers causing no harm inside the worm bin (in fact they help out with the composting process), however outside they can cause damage to your plants and garden.
Sow Bugs need constant moisture to survive and are primarily nocturnal so a moist dark worm bin is perfect.
Can you find the Sow bug in my bin?
A friend of mine just forwarded me an interesting article he heard on NPR this morning. Raleigh, N.C. is having issues with their sewer lines and garbage disposals. I knew many people were putting kitchen waste down the disposal thinking they were reducing the waste in the landfill. Yes they are reducing the waste, but they can also recycle their waste at home without damaging the sewer lines. I used to put veggie waste down there too before I had red wigglers. Now I am putting that waste in my worms bins and producing super rich compost for my gardens and indoor plants. Whether or not people use red wigglers, I think it is so important to compost.