Tuesday, December 22, 2009

W is for WORM farm

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ABC Wednesday's letter is W and what could be better than WORMS for today's post!

Actually my daughter is the one who took these photos and posted the information on her family's blog. I'm just borrowing it.
They live in Sydney, Australia.
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It makes me so happy that their local council is setting up a 1-year program to see what it's like for families to do their own composting.
I wish our regional council in the Jerusalem Hills would do something good like that.

Naomi's family was selected for the worm farm program.
Several days ago they received the worms and the equipment.
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My grandson Dean was enthusiastic about breaking up the coconut "brick" in a bucket of water.
That was the worms' food for the first few days, and now they have advanced to a diet of fruit and vegetable scraps from Naomi and Guy's kitchen.

Eyal chose to watch while his big brother and mother got their hands right in there and set up stacking plastic bins that will house the worms.
As I understand it, the "worm juice" (worm pee) improves the soil in the worm farm and turns it into good fertilizer that can then be added to the plants in the yard.
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Have fun, kids! Good onya!
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31 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What a fun post for the day, Dina! And your grandsons are very handsome young men! And worm pee!! Just what I need for the garden!! Wonder if we can find that here in the states???? Probably not!

Have a great week!

Sylvia

Roger Owen Green said...

Worms are FUN! Well, for them anyway. Enjoyable.

jedaen said...

Hi Dina I didn't see the comment that I said when I go to midnight mass I will light a candle for your blog in the holy land.
SO I say unto you rejoice rejoice emmanuel and ransom captive Israel.

HUGS

Mara said...

In the Netherlands all greenery is collected once a fortnight in special (green) bins.

I love the dirty hands of your grandson though: really mucking in!

Reader Wil said...

Worm pee is excellent for the garden! I have a container in my backyard in which I put all vegetable and other botanical refuse. It's open at the bottom so that the worms can do their job. After some time the bottom is full of beautiful soil. So your grandson is doing a great job.

jabblog said...

Great stuff! Worms are endlessly fascinating - chop one in half and two slither away . . . how could we live without these wonderful creatures?

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

They certainly look like they're having fun. I know worms are very good for the garden, but somehow I don't think worms are quite my thing.
Cheers.
Melbourne Daily Photo

Spiderdama said...

Jepp, it`s good for the garden;-) Looks like they have fun!

Leif Hagen said...

Go Green! Go worms! Go compost! I want to set up a composting box in our yard next summer!

Stan Ski said...

It's 6 am here, so I'm a bit of an 'early bird' - certainly caught a nice juicy one here!

Kris said...

It’s that time of year again! I’m doing the rounds and apologising for my complete failure to more regularly offer comment on everybody’s incredible efforts for the year. I know how hard it can be to keep up with the daily grind of everyday posting, and want to thank you for your efforts.

I especially want to wish festive greetings for all from down here at [nearly] the end of the world, the bottom of Tasmania.

So, if you could delete whatever is not applicable, I’d like to wish you a very pleasant/merry/happy/wonderful/safe Amaterasu; Ashurall; Beiwe; Choimus; Christmas; Dazh Boh; Dongzhi; Goru; Hanukkah; Hogmanay; Junkanoo; Karachun; Koleda; Lenæa; Meán Geimhridh; Modranicht; New Years; Ras as-Sana; Rozhanitsa Feast; Şeva Zistanê; shōgatsu; Summer Solstice [if you're in the Southern Hemisphere]; Sviatki; Winter solstice [if you're in the Northern Hemisphere]; Yalda; Yule-tide; Ziemassvētki; and Коляда!

With a hearty three cheers from Kris, Jen, Henry and Ezra!

Tumblewords: said...

I've heard much about them but have never come this close to one! Good post!

Q said...

I do love worms....
Wonderful your grandson is learning about natural gardening.
Have a very Happy Holiday.
Sherry

Rose said...

What an original post for today's W! I maintain a compost pile for my garden, and, yes, it's true--worm casings make great fertilizer and help to aerate the soil. Many gardeners actually buy cases of worms to add to their compost. I'm a bit of a wormaphobe, so I leave that part up to Mother Nature:)

FA said...

The boys look like they're having a great time. Well, I remember having fun with dirt and worms, too. What's not to like?

Carolyn Ford said...

Kids just love that kind of "dirty" stuff! Look at their hands and arms...they love it! Perfect post for "W." Merry Christmas to you!

Cloudia said...

Fun!


ShAloha, Dina


Comfort Spiral

Pietro said...

Beautiful family post, Dina. The kids are having fun!

Kay said...

I can't get over how big Eyal is already! I agree with Sylvia. Your grandsons are all extremely handsome boys. If they're like their parents, they will all be brilliant, too.

Bergson said...

The hands in the earth, really great game

RuneE said...

Each to hid own and all that, but....

jay said...

I'm pretty sure worms don't pee, but whatever the 'worm juice' is, I'm sure it works well! LOL!

I'd like a worm farm. I tried a standard compost bin here, but rats colonised it. Ugh!

Robin said...

How fun, and educational too :).

You might ask your moatza if they have a program to subsidize those household composting bins, our municipality started doing that this year.

mrsnesbitt said...

Oh fantastic! A whole new generation of avid gardeners in the early stages I would say! Merry Christmas xx Dxx

Ann said...

Lucky family to be selected, I would like to be selected too.

Here, we have to buy them.

Merry Christmas

greensborodailyphoto said...

This will be the most unique "W" post! Brilliant! We compost and you don't even need to start with worms. Compost and the worms will come........

Hilda said...

That's a fantastic initiative of their town. I hope it all works out for them.

Petrea said...

Periodically at the Pasadena Farmer's Market they sell reasonably-priced compost bins, though I haven't seen them lately. While I wait for them to show up again I seem to have begun a compost pile in the back yard. The squirrels are leaving behind their clementine peels so I rake them into a pile along with fallen leaves. I'm not sure what will happen with this pile...

JM said...

These are some great shots! The cute kids seem to be having a great time! :-)

cieldequimper said...

That's pretty cool and the kids are sure to looooove it!

Judi said...

Great post. My father and I used to dig for worms together to take fishing. As a child, I thought it was great fun.