Friday, March 14, 2008

A New Addition

An exciting new addition to the family was welcomed to The Dread House today. Our little bundle of joy was introduced to the household this evening -- red, wiggling, slimy, and ravenous.


Bag O' Worms!

Yes, 1000 red wigglers arrived at the house today! We assembled their home -- the appropriately titled Can O' Worms -- prepared the bedding, and freed the worms from their transport bag and box.

Placing the bedding (coconut fiber) in the bin:

Bag O' Worms!

Pile O' Worms!

Exciting worm close-up!

Our worms are currently engaged in what is known as "worm run". Meaning, of course, they're all trying to escape frantically from the what destination, we don't know. It's supposed to take about a week for them to settle in; in the meantime, it's possible we'll have a few casualties as they escape from the bin and either dry up or get eaten by the cat, whose food bowl is near the worm bin. Tragic!

As the system reaches maturity, which will take up to 12 months, we can expect our worms to increase in number until they reach 10,000-15,000. Hopefully, they'll enjoy our food scraps!

1 comment:

Jessy said...

I am sooooooo jealous! I tried make my own vermiculture system out of a plastic bucket and worms that I had picked out of the compost...which is just as yucky as it sounds like it would be. I'm going to buy a fancy worm system when we move into "the new" house...and I will definately be giving up the 20 bucks to buy the worms instead of picking them out of the garbage...