Sat 7 Apr 2007
They are too tiny to pick up, directly. I used a piece of newspaper shred and carefully, gently scooped them up. Eventually, they would unstick from the lid, and stick to my shred, and then I'd put her-him into a nice spot in the bedding. I probably moved about 30 or so, before I got tired and frustrated with messing with them.
When I opened up the box to feed them on Saturday, there were only three worms on the lid that were still alive. Probably 10 or 15 that were dead or non-responsive. sad. :( So I'm glad I moved most of them down.
I brought some white vinyl strips home from work. My idea was to x-acto knife some words to stick on the worm box to dress it up a little.
But I needed some words, first. "Worm House" is just so non-poetical. So I hit my Significant Other up for something clever. And he got it!
Ha! That is so totally brilliant.
Whenever I go digging in their house, I always see one or two adult worms. And they are Fat, and they wiggle because they don't like the light. I am happy to see them so healthy, but I wonder about the one pound of worms that we started with...
That one pound was a lot of worms, and I think I should be seeing more than just a couple. I wonder if the shock of moving killed them off. Or are they just hiding out at the bottom of their box.
But I always see a baby or two with the adults. And that makes me happy to see the next generation is doing it's thing.
And I'm wishing our box was bigger. I put food in one spot, for a week, and then move on to the next spot. There's room for six spots, but that's only six weeks before we get to the first spot again, and I don't think that's enough time for the food to decompose enough.
So, I'm going to try to add a spot on the long sides, so we'll have eight spots total. Which means eight weeks. We'll see how it looks then, but I don't think that's going to be enough time, either. If it's not composting, we'll have to quit feeding for a while to let the worms catch up.
Which would be a bummer, since we'll be throwing food away again. And throwing things away pisses me off. And it pisses off the earth even more.
bah. But I guess we have a few weeks before I have to worry about that. We just finished our third week.
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