Whooa, We’re Half Way There…


Every winter I accumulate new, unwanted "pets"…fruit flies, fungus gnats and drain flies. Why? I have compost accumulations in my kitchen, a worm bin in the basement and a room full of over-wintering plants. I am a sitting duck. But this year? Nada.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Livin’ on a prayer.

Here are some worm bin photos to marvel at.
Top tray:

Middle tray:

Bottom tray:

Bottom of the bin:

And THAT is several inches deep. Pure worm castings…. Good as gold to this gardener!

A few words on vermiculture. They are worms, people. You can’t really do it wrong. I throw my junk mail in there, unopened, and pull  the plastic "windows" from envelopes out later. But I have found that if you overfill it- you’re just dooming yourself to flies. And it really, really sucks.
So, bottom line. Kiss My  Aster’s #1 Rule of Vermicomposting?
Don’t overfill it. Anything else goes.

Forum, yo.

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About Amanda Thomsen

Big, loud and fun- Amanda Thomsen landscapes by day and blogs at night. Her blog, Kiss My Aster, on Horticulture magazine's website has alienated/enraptured dozens. She co-authors a blog called Plants That Suck that is about plants that suck. And she is the less popular half of the podcasting team, Good Enough Gardening, which makes her feel like the "Roy" of of Siegfried and Roy, but without the mauling. She lives in Chicago and does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.

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