Yummy Strawberries

Wow!  Our strawberries are so tasty.  This year, I didn’t tend the garden as much as last year.  We bought the strawberry starters last year and incorporated the soil with 40 pounds of worm castings.  Unfortunately we forgot to put up a screen to keep the critters away, and they had a feast. This season, I top dressed the garden with 2 inches of worm castings.  As you can see, we didn’t put up a screen to keep away the deer.  I am not sure why they haven’t been in our yard.  I’m thinking the dogs in the hood have kept them away!  Any way, WE have been enjoying the berries.

This morning the kids decided to wash the car so I went to get them set up. While they were arguing about the hose, the soap, the sponges…blah, blah, blah….I went to the garden, grabbed some berries and shoved them into their mouths!  It helped for a few seconds….. Then I got my phone and snapped these pictures.



Happy Valentine’s Day! Red Wigglers have 5 hearts…all the better to love you with!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  A heart shape is the universal symbol of LOVE. It in no way depicts the image of a human heart. That’s a relief!  I wouldn’t want to open a human heart shaped box of chocolates.  Although, I am sure there are some people who would find that appealing.

In the worm world, these wonderful earth loving creatures have five blood pumping organs in their tiny, hard working bodies.  I wouldn’t exactly call them organs, though.  They are more like bands which contract and release and preform similar functions as a human heart.  But the worms’ hearts do not fill up with blood the way humans do, they just squeeze the two blood vessels which help to circulate the blood through out the body.

Check out the illustration!  You can see the 5 hearts and the two blood vessels, ventral and dorsal. I grabbed this picture off of a cool site, Kingston Worm Farm.  They too are spreading the word of the worm.

Also, it would be nice to show your Red wigglers some love.  Feed them something sweet.  Maybe you have some strawberry tops left over after you feed your loved one some strawberries dipped in chocolate or smothered in whip cream!

What’s on the Menu for Red Wigglers?

What’s on the menu today for Wonder Worman’s Super Composting Red Wigglers? There’s Red Leaf lettuce, banana peels, strawberries, oats, pasta, rice and spinach, among other things – Food scraps from the last couple of days. If you have kids and are looking for ways to get them even more excited about having Red Wigglers, make a project out of feeding your worms by creating a “soup” out of food that would normally go to waste – but still a good source of food for your Red Wigglers (Moldy bread? Bring it on! Rusty Lettuce? Yum!). Before putting this mix into the bin, add a bit of water to prevent any moisture from being absorbed by the mix from the existing bedding. Bon Appetit!