“The message is not so much that the worms will inherit the Earth, but that all things play a role in nature, even the lowly worm.” – Gary Larson

I bought another gimmick to assist us at the Little Tassie Prepper property, a worm farm.  I had tried to make one myself… well, when I say tried, I should clarify that by pointing out that it was a half hearted effort.   I pulled around a dozen worms from the ground while digging in the garden and placed them into buckets of soil.  Then I placed a smaller garden pot (with holes in it for water) on top, with kitchen scraps within.  The idea was the the worms would eat and reproduce, making a nice little worm farm.  The problem I encountered was that they were not eating fast enough (due to their low numbers most likely).  I decided I would splash out and buy a dedicated worm farm along with a box of Tiger worms.

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I went and bought a Can o Worms worm farm, from a company called Tumbleweed as well as a box of 1200 worms from Doctor Worms.  It was over $100 in total for the whole lot, and I found out that I didn’t have a couple of items which they recommend in the box (I will have to buy them later).  I spent some quality time, with my hands in a bucket of coconut husk worm bedding to set up the worm farm, before adding my new friends.

 

I am looking forward to their addition to the garden.  In case you do not know, a worm farm works by my providing the worms with a safe and comfortable home, as well as good table scraps.  They eat this (reducing our garbage) and produce worm castings (manure) and worm tea (urine).  These can be added to gardens to provide great results.  The castings can be added to the soil to improve the health (and add good bacteria) and the tea is a powerful quick boost to plants.

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Pretty gross looking stuff, yet it wasn’t that bad (being a father, I have touched more disgusting stuff).  I eventually laid it out and set up the worm’s new home.

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You can see how happy they are with their new home.

Another event which occurred in the last few days was our enjoying/eating the first harvest from our new home.  While working in the garden the other day, Kitty called me over to see a weird pod that was growing on a vine near our driveway.  We had not seen this type of plant before.  It seemed to be growing amongst our hedge row, so I could not identify it.  We had a look at it and, upon inspection of the insides, it seemed to smell a little like Banana and passionfruit.

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A quick internet search later showed me that they were Banana Passionfruit.  While I am not the biggest fan of Passionfruit, I was more than happy to devour several of these tasty fruit.  The golden fruit within would make a very nice addition to a fruit drink.

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