You guessed it: worms. That's what I'm after with those things, so I figured I'd give you a quick update.
The worms seem to be doing nicely and I'm learning what they prefer (cantaloupe) and what they're not too crazy about (potato peels). I've been real careful not to overfeed them - an all-too-common mistake for the newbie. I am having an issue with some of the worms who like to wander off into the bottom collection tray. It's just a few of them (maybe the same ones) and since the hundreds of others stay in the top tray I'm not too concerned. I don't know why these rogue wanderers like to slither off into the abyss since there really isn't anything there for them to eat except a few small patches of castings. Maybe they're just tired of the obnoxious giant who roots around the top tray with the plastic rake checking on their status. I can almost hear a collective moan every time I take the lid off, "Uggh, he's back again." I can't help it!
|Worm castings - garden caviar|
|Top tray progress. The black things are banana peels.|
I did manage to collect a small amount of the fresh castings and scratched them into the dirt around an eggplant and one of my zucchini plants. I'm interested to see how this "soil inoculation" experiment works with those plants as opposed to the non-inoculated.
Lots goin' on in the garden - too much for one post, so I'll put up some pictures. Busy time of the year with my oldest graduating, baseball playoffs with another, and band performances with the third. Good times!
|Black Beauty eggplant|
|Tomatoes on the left, bush beans in the middle and carrots on the right|