I honestly don't remember...I've known a lot of alternative peeps. But I do know it's been but a short decade since I discovered that I could have my worm-friends in the city as well as urban/rural.
What do your worms like to eat?
I like to treat my friends well and so I 'pre-digest' their food in the freezer. OR! They get melons! avos! bananas! You know, soft summer stuff!! They also get regular showers of helpful beneficial microbes to help them do their job :-)
What kinds of worms do you have?
Eisenia fetida, but a bunch of other benign crawly things as well.
What worm bins do you use?
Several types. I have three household stackable bins and am trying to start an 'open' bin (pit/mound??) worm bed so I can breed them up enough to 'pass-them-forward".
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
Unknown. We also have 4 other large vegetarian (3 are 'hot') compost bins, so we are always scrambling for resources for all!!
I'm a secret geek. I love being able to put ecological connections together and because I've moved around so much, I've had a lot of steep learning curves. One thing I've learnt is there is no 'One-Size-Fits-All', or any sort of 'Plug and Play" in Nature.
I truly believe that worms create Alchemy. Seriously - these friendly little creatures living in the right place will create pure soil-gold from their bottoms...HOW GOOD does that get?
What I need help with, please: Compost worms can take a bit of time in establishing a comfy home, so I'm interested in any techniques that others have learnt to help them 'settle-in' quickly and really start to make magic.
I also need help in finding local people in/near Santa Cruz, CA who have worms they might freely share so other peeps could have a lower financial initial cost.
I am in process of establishing a small, but really nice bed (about 10' x 4'...fully covered and protected at bottom from our wildlife free-lunchers) so I can eventually have enough worms to share (for free) to anyone with a backyard bin in this area. No shipping anywhere...this project is intended to stay local and freely shared.
With all the economic fallout, local councils are eliminating learning programs like composting/worm farming/master gardening/ et al. Unfortunately, these programs are some of the most important skill-building sets of tools we need right now to grow food. It's up to us individually, in all sorts of different communities, to figure out how we can help.
So...please. I'm looking for helpful neighbours here in the Santa Cruz area to reach a 'wormie-hand out' and offer a, well, a HAND-full...and I thank you kindly for your consideration.