Adaia’s First Worm Bin

Well, it’s official – my daughter is now a vermicomposter!

Yesterday afternoon I took the kids out to the backyard for some vermicomposting fun (Spencer was in his “Baby Bjorn” carrier so didn’t end up in any pictures), and we ended up bringing a small cup of wormy material back inside with us for closer inspection (100% her idea I can assure you).

Spring is finally starting to take hold up here (definitely LATE, even by Ontario standards) so I’ve been eager to get things rolling with my outdoor vermicomposting beds. Yesterday was intended primarily as an initial survey to see how the worms are doing after their winter slumber, but I actually managed to get some “work” done – namely, laying down 4 tubs of coffee grounds that have been accumulating (thanks to my coffee shop pick-ups) over the past few weeks.

Digging around in various beds, I was happy to see lots of small Red Worms. My daughter seemed even more excited, constantly drawing my attention to the “wormies” uncovered by my digging. Had I not given her a small hand rake for her own excavations, I likely would have been assigned to worm-finding duty for the rest of our time outside.

This morning Adaia was eager to take a closer look at her new friends, so we dumped out the contents of the cup and I tracked down 4 or 5 wigglers. While the idea of holding them really seemed to appeal to her, I couldn’t quite get her to commit. She was however more than happy to feed them some cut up pieces of banana, and then help me to set up the cup like regular worm bin.

First, we tore up some cardboard and put it in. Then we moistened everything with a spray bottle.

I am happy to report that we now have 4 official names as well: Cocoa, Cookie, Egg Shell and Theo (Marlin and Nemo were originally suggested, but my wife and I convinced her to come up with some new ones so as to avoid confusion with her two goldfish).

Should be fun to see how things progress in this little vermicomposting system.
Will keep everyone posted!

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    • Ted C
    • April 5, 2011

    Don’t teach her everthing Bentley, she’ll be buying you out in 17 years.LOL

    • John Duffy
    • April 5, 2011

    Ah, kids are great! I’m sure she’s gonna be your little shadow all summer long. Give ’em lots of hugs now because they grow up way too fast. But, she’ll always be daddy’s little girl

    • Matriarchy
    • April 5, 2011

    I should have gotten my kids started earlier. My girls are 14 and 18 now, and they can sometimes be convinced to help me move a heay worm bin from indoors to out and back again, but not do much handling of worms, worm poop, or food scraps. They do invite me to do vermicomposting workshops at youth events but they don’t want to have to much hands-on involvement at home.

    • Anna
    • April 6, 2011

    This is great, Bentley. Have you shown off your worms at her preschool yet? I took them into my son’s preschool (he’s also 3-1/2) and the kids LOVED it. To my surprise, 2 moms asked me about starting a worm bin the next day :).

  1. That’s awesome, Bentley. My four year old alternates between LOVING the worms and wanting to touch them to being totally grossed out by them. Since we got chickens, she mostly wants to just feed the worms to the chickens. I had to tell her to slow down so that the worms can hatch out some babies before we feed the chickens anymore. 🙂

  2. What interesting pictures and I am so happy you have included your little ones. We are just starting to do the research to learn about vermicomposting and your blog was the second one I found.
    My 4 year old daughter wanted to see what red worms looked like and when she saw the picture of them , she went “yuck” but there is hope. She is already a gardener and has shown she has a green thumb. She is also a bug lover along with her brothers. So, worms, which I think are better then bugs, I believe she will rapidly take to them. Thanks for such an informative blog, I plan to read and read.

  3. My daughter had to do a small shoe box sized project after reading a book called The Diary of Spider and Worm. Her teacher was totally grossed out by it. Funny thing is, when it began part of the stair way farm a spider moved in (no more fungis gnats)

  4. Very sweet, Bentley. Looks like she will be a wonderful worm keeper, just like you. Hope all is well with the family.

  5. Teach the children young.

  6. That’s really awesome B, ‘planting’ good values in her from young (sorry, couldn’t help the pun)

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