Friday, July 24, 2009

OF MICE AND MEN - Earth-Friendly Friday

So are you asking what Steinbeck has to do with being Earth-friendly? Well, maybe a little or maybe a lot.

Steinbeck’s claim to fame was his story Of Mice and Men. And, I’m not one to question authorities on subjects – oh, wait, maybe I am. But, to be honest, I’m thinking he may have gotten it wrong. Calm down all you Steinbeckies out there in cyberland.

All I'm saying is that we shouldn’t be thinking of Mice and Men. We should be thinking of Worms and Men.

If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, that’s good. I’m talking about being green, eco-friendly and earth-friendly all rolled up into one EZ-Smeazy concept: Worm Bins.

What is a worm bin and how much does one cost? Well you can check them out here. But they range in price from about $60 to $80. Of course if that pricetag is too steep, you can always build one yourself.

Worms are picky.

There are some foods you can't put into a worm bin: cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli and no citrus goes in the bin.

And the worms will suddenly become homing worms if you don't keep their environment pleasant. Ways to build a good home for your worms is to add paper, egg shells and chopped up food products to your top tray. You also need to spray water into the bin to keep it moist.

After a while you will be able to harvest your worm tea - a.k.a. worm pee.

If you're curious about where you find your worms, relax. You don't need to dig them up and steal them away from their happy homes. You can visit Findworms. com where you can buy a pound of worms for about $30 per pound.

So let's not do a little - let's do the most
Let's grow a worm bin - let's all compost!


Desiree said...

Hi Kim, Although I find your posts on organic gardening interesting,I, myself, have no interest in dirt under my nails. Fortunately, now that I live in the wilderness where nothing grows in the Central Oregon dust and it freezes at night even in the summer, I have an excuse not to garden.

We are avid recyclers, but I wouldn't compost food waste here because it would attract all sorts of animals I don't want near my house. Am I wrong to think this? Des

Kelly said...

I love being green, but I haven't done the worm bin!
The kids would love it though!