Wednesday, September 22, 2004

It's About That Time...

I am making final preparations for harvesting the compost. I really need to come up with a plan. I have heard of several different methods, and am trying to decide which one will work the best for me. One way would be to separate, by hand, the Worms from the compost. This can be accomplished, supposedly, by making little cone shaped piles on a plastic sheet. The Worms will hide from the light, and you can scoop the compost away until all that is left is a pile of Worms. That seems messy. Also, I read about another way using a window screen. I think you remove the contents in the bin into another bucket, then place the screen over the bin. Then, spread thin layers of the compost on the screen. The Worms will wiggle their way through the screen and leave compost behind. I think I may try both ways, just so I can report back and let everyone know which works better. Maybe I will develop my own method.

Friday, September 10, 2004

Celebration!!

Yesterday my Worm Bin celebrated it's 3-month birthday! You know what that means - party time!! Just kidding. It means that it's almost time to harvest the usable compost. I will quit adding scraps for a while, and give the worms a chance to eat all the stuff in there. I do need to make sure there is still bedding for the worms to crawl around in. They like to move away from the "castings". Since it's their bodily waste, it's not quite appealing to them. Then comes the fun task of separating thousands of Worms from all the lovely compost they have created.
I am very excited to see how well my plants do from the amazing nutritive powers of the compost. I have a few plants that need a booster, they look quite hungry. The soil looks sad and crusty, even after I water them, and they have been asking me "When is it time to eat?". I sadly tell them "Please wait just a little longer!"
A fun thing happened in my kitchen. I had a giant piece of ginger sitting out for a while and it started to sprout. It seemed like a fun experiment so I planted in the dirt, and it's really thriving. Ginger is a root like a potato, and it seemed very much like when an old potato that never got cooked starts to sprout those interesting alien-like formations, excepted it was really pretty not really funny. I looked a pictures of full-grown ginger plants and they are beautiful.
One more thing: I am really bad at computer stuff and I don't know why my pictures don't work, so I stopped putting them up. Also, figuring out how to change the way the page looked seemed like a chore. Looking at code makes me want to poke my eyes out. So all the fancy stuff is on hold for a while. I am super busy right now, but will get to that when I can! Thanks for understanding!!