Murphy’s Law

The very first problem we faced was when went to sift through the worms. The previous day we moved the worms and their soil from the old worm bin and kept them in plastic tubs overnight. We were told that the worms would burrow to the bottom of the bins where it would be moist…

Home Sweet Home

Allison and I started off with a bottom and topless 1.5’ by 6’ long and 3.5’ tall tub made out of wood and fiberglass. After choosing the location in the garden for the bin, we gave it several coats of weather-resistant paint. After painting it we measured out, fitted, and finally painted the two, half-inch…

You Can Compost!

The world of compost is vast, ranging from small bins on back porches to huge industrial bins. Our worm bin was a pretty sizable accomplishment, but there are many other ways for you personally to get composting at home! The compost programs at Albuquerque Academy didn’t come together over night. Back in my sixth and…

The Importance of Earthworms

Earthworms may not summon the excitement that animals like crocodiles and cuttlefish do, but their contribution to the ecosystems of the world is significant. Earthworms are often called ‘ecosystem engineers’1 due to the fact that they drastically alter the chemical, physical, and biological properties of the soil profile. Recycling organic material to make castings: Earthworms break…

Harvesting Castings, Sorting Worms

In an ideal situation, harvesting castings and removing your worms is a relatively easy task. At one end of the bin you place their favorite food, cantaloupe, on the top of the castings. Over a few days in which you don’t add additional water to the bin, the worms will all migrate to the single…

Worm Love

Ezra and I immediately fell in love with the idea of vermicomposting, and you should too! Vermicomposting is a way of composting, meaning it breaks down waste and turns it into super rich material plants love. Although it is hard to miss the huge thermo compost piles here at Academy, the worm bin had gone…