Worm Turn


Loretta LiefveldJanuary. Winter. Can’t do much in the garden because the ground is frozen solid. A little too early to plant seeds indoors, because the last frost date is still 3-4 months away. Seed catalogs invite me to buy, buy, buy, so I read them cover to cover and make list after list of what I want to plant. Of course, I don’t yet have the amount of prepared space to be able to plant everything I want. Enthusiasm for planning wanes after a while.

I think it’s the perfect time to assemble my ‘new’ Worm Wigwam that I purchased at a Mother Earth News Fair last August!

I already have one of those stackable tray things for my worms. The one I have has 5 trays, and I’m currently on tray #3. It works very well, looks reasonably nice, is easy to maintain, and I like it. But I can only harvest a small amount of vermicompost at a time.

Stacked worm trays
Stackable tray worm system.

Vermi-What, you ask? Vermicompost is compost made by a special kind of earthworms. It contains worm ‘castings’ (worm poop), which are highly nutritious for plants, as well as discouraging many insect pests.

To give you an example of the power of worm castings, I once had a blue hibiscus bush that became inundated with spider mites and white fly. The nurseryman suggested putting worm castings all around the bottom of the plant. Although I was extremely skeptical, I tried it, and in no time at all, the spider mites and white fly completely disappeared! Apparently, there is some natural chemical contained in worm castings that the plant takes in and is repellent to these insects.

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