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I’ve Got Worms!

Welcome to the first official post here on the Compost Guy Blog!

I wasn’t sure how I was going to kick things off. I tend to think about these sorts of things way too much, and and this was certainly no exception!

I decided in the end that the best approach was to simply write about a topic close to my heart – vermicomposting! I already have another site dedicated to the topic, but that certainly won’t stop me from providing plenty of wormy commentary and information over here as well!

My first inkling of an interest in worm composting actually can be traced back to my days as an avid aquarium hobbyist (something I’d like to get back to once I have a little more space!). Specifically, I was looking for various live foods I could easily raise at home, and worms seemed to offer great promise.

Like many other worm farming newbies, I naturally assumed I could dig up a bunch of worms from the garden put them in a bucket of soil with a little “food” and sit back while they bred like crazy! Of course it was only a matter of time before I ended up with a bucket of dead worms and an increased pessimism about the viability of home ‘worm farming’.

I finally clued in to the fact that I using the wrong kind of worms! What’s interesting is the fact that I had actually encountered a massive supply of red wigglers (composting worms) when I was working at a horse stable a number of years before. Out behind the barn there was a giant pile of old horse manure and it was absolutely jammed full of them.

I took a bucket full of them home with me, thinking I could start my own bait business. I even had the sense to dump them into a compost pile (a very dry, pathetic compost pile I might add), but it was hardly the ideal environment for them so they died off or at least vacated the area.

Everything finally came together for me a number of years later while working for an environmental consulting firm. One day I caught wind of the fact that a fellow co-worker kept a worm bin under her desk. I decided I have to see it for myself.

It was love at first sight!

Luckily my co-worker appreciated my sincere enthusiasm and offered to send me home with a decent number of red wigglers. I haven’t looked back since!

Well, I think that’s enough of a trip down memory lane for one post! You can expect to hear a lot more about worm composting here at Compost Guy (along with a wide variety of other topics), so stay tuned!

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Written by Compost Guy on September 1st, 2007 with no comments.
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