A couple weeks ago, I ordered new work shoes and live red wiggler worms (optimal for vermicomposting as they produce the fastest) online. Yes, that’s right. I ordered worms (guaranteed live delivery!) online from Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm. After purchasing the worms, all of my Internet ads were either from Reebok or hippie composting websites.
In typical welcoming Iowa fashion, I started collecting compostable material for the worms before they arrived, so as to prepare their comfortable home. They can eat coffee grounds and the used filters, rinsed-out eggshells, tea bags and lots of other compostable table scraps. I saved some baby lettuce leaves, too. No onions, citrus or animal scraps (except the eggshells) because they cause odors and the worms won’t eat them anyway. The worms, if taken care of and not fed too much, can eat twice their size in food and will turn it into worm castings — rich soil that I plan to use to nourish my potted plants and the flower bed. In short, I’m gon’ grow me a big heap of worm dung. Nice.
On the morning that my worms arrived, I had already picked up my sister from the airport for her stay in Washington, D.C. She helped me document their arrival and new home.
So, welcome worms.