I'm Going Green... With RED!!

By
Real Estate Agent with Melissa Schnieders Photography

Yes, after 5 years of thinking about it, I've gone GREEN with Red Wigglers! 

I attened the local Lawn, Flower & Garden Show in Feb 2003 and saw a worm farm.  I was intrigued by the idea that I could compost year 'round, not just in warmer months.  The demonstrator had kits for sale that were just too expensive (well over $100 PER FARM) and I couldn't justify spending that kind of money when I'd rather buy more plants.

Fast forward to this spring. As we were tilling our garden, we discovered that we have a ton of worms because we have always buried our kitchen scraps in the garden rather than composting in the cute bins or rolling composters that several neighbors proudly own.  I am would love to own a $400 composter, but honestly, I'd forget about maintaining it and really, I just want to feed the worms and let mother earth break stuff down naturally.  But in the winter, I am in no mood to go out to the garden and bury my scraps... so into the garbage they went. 

On a whim, I googled "worm farm" and found instructions to make on out of stuff we had on hand.  Hubby drilled the holes, the kids and I had a blast shredding newspaper and getting it wet to toss in.  We hit up the bait shop and bought 12 dozen red wigglers.  They seem to be pretty happy but according to the various websites, we think we need about a pound more worms to consume all that our family produces. 

If you're in the Wichita area and would like to buy worms to get started, here's a few places we've found:

P&P Seed and Bait Shop, Nana Jane's Worm Farm and M&J Worm Ranch 755-4826

Comments (5)

Jim Calabrese
DeeSign.com - Cincinnati, OH

Melissa, Thanks for the links. I've been composting for few years. I heard that worms help speed the process up, but never understood it until reading Nana Jane's site. Thanks again.

Jul 01, 2008 11:05 AM
Jack Climer
Jack Climer Realty, LLC - Springfield, MO

Worms are the best for composting, my grandmother would have night crawlers in her gardens and she had the most beautiful flowers in the eyes....but maybe it was just grandma...

Jul 01, 2008 11:15 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Melissa, I haven't done composting yet.....and would definitely need my kids to handle that many worms but what a wonderful project to have them on!

Jul 01, 2008 03:26 PM
Shar Rundio
Realty Executives - Mesa, AZ
Phoenix Metro Area

Sounds like a cool idea, thanks for sharing!

Jul 02, 2008 02:41 PM
Laura Gray
RE/MAX Realty Group - Gaithersburg, MD

Melissa , you convinced me , I think I'll go worm-shopping this weekend. After all we already have 2 dogs , 1 cat 2 birds , a few hermit crabs what's a couple hundred "Red Wigglers" !!!! LOL

Laura

Aug 18, 2008 11:14 AM