This post is soo late. This project was one that I worked on in the summer. So some background here- I have a friend who worked at the Lower East Side Ecology Center and she was raising some worms for compost. Her boyfriend started composting as well and I figured it would be a cool gift for my dad who likes to garden.
That is how I became a Worm Mama and she became Dr. Wormie. Basically, worms are supposed to be super low maintenance but why did mine feel soo super high maintenance?!
Here were the basics that I learned about raising worms:
- Keep them in a dry and dark place.
- They hate super hot weather and super cold weather.
- Make sure the soil is moist but not super wet so they don’t drown and’t make sure it isn’t super dry or they shrivel up.
- If they love the home they are in, they will not try to run away.
First off, I had opposition from the start from my mom saying that this was super messy and will be attracting all these bugs. Which was false because they stay in their damn box and the bugs wont leave the box anyway because they love the environment more inside but she doesn’t listen to me. So whatever.
Additionally, this was summer time and I do not have central air conditioning so when I wasn’t home they were in the heat and were cool only when I was home. We get sick when the weather changes rapidly, I wonder what that did to my wormies! I also didn’t have a darker place than under my desk which sometimes has the sun shining directly on them 😦
I had trouble with mites as well cause they were eating my wormies! It could’ve been the food I placed in the worm bin but Dr. Wormie told me that no mite should be attracted to the bin if my food was placed in the freezer first- which they were! I ended up calling my friend, Dr. Wormie over for a house call. She checked on them and said everything was fine, I just needed to make sure the dirt wasn’t too moist and to feed them some more.
My hopes were raised because of her words but a few days later, I found no worms and they were all dead. I saved the compost that they created and the box is in storage since. Sigh, I will definitely try this again because I think i can be a good Worm Mama. Dr. Wormie felt so bad that my worms died but it wasn’t her fault! It was mine- I was a bad Worm Mama and wasn’t able to provide my wormies the care that they needed to survive.
Next time wormies, next time!