Feeding Frenzy

Jordan and I are finally moving to the city! Giving up two acres in the ‘burbs was tough but this move was a great choice for us and the pups couldn’t be happier having a fenced in yard to run wild in. This house comes with its quirks and 1920’s charm, complete with large garden and a coop full of CHICKENS!

Never having owned chickens, this is going to be quite the adventure, but we’ll get to that later 🙂 What we’re excited and focused on now, being that it’s Spring, is to build a big, beautiful, organic garden. To start that, we have been growing some vegetables: carrots, bell peppers, jalepenos, green beens, pumpkins and watermelon in a seed starter at our home.

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We have about a month to go until we move in to our new home and in the meantime, I have been reading “Planet Heal Thyself” by Jordan Rubin. This book has inspired us to start composting with Red Wiggler Worms among many other self-sustaining  things.

I thought the process would be more complicated and was a little hesitant on taking on worms inside the house – especially with already having to take care of two pups. However, it is SO EASY.

I went to Wal-Mart and picked up two bins – unfortunately we couldn’t find dark ones (worms like dark, damp spaces) but it’s easy enough to store these bins in a dark place.

Once I got all of my supplies, Jordan drilled air holes for the little fellas in the top bin and TINY holes in the bottom of the top bin (for drainage).

I ordered the worms off of eBay (who knew?) and once they arrived, we used our old newspaper scraps for some bedding, added a small amount of dirt (the worms come with some dirt of their own) and added some water — a small amount just to dampen the newspaper and, boom! you’re ready to start the adventure of composting!

** It’s important not to overfeed the worms, otherwise things can start to smell. The same goes if you have too wet of an environment for the worms. If you feel that food is starting to add up in your composting bin, take a few days off for the worms to catch up **

We can’t wait to use our compost material in our garden as well as the “liquid gold” attained from worms as well. We’ve even been reading that chickens make some great compost as well as provide us with eggs. I think we’re going to make great friends with our neighbors 😉 Happy Composting!

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