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!