My worm garden

When we first moved into this house, I bought a worm farm.

After a while, well let’s just say, the worms got hungry. “Have you fed the worms?” Oh bugger. No.

After a couple of years, they moved out of their home. Well, that’s what I like to think.

Just over a year ago, I bought a new worm farm. This one incorporates a garden. Both the garden and the worms are doing well.

Why is this worm farm doing well when I neglected to dispose of my kitchen matter in the previous farm?

Convenience: The worm garden is in a convenient place – easy to access.

Look: The worm garden is more attractive so I can leave it in a convenient place in the front yard where I walk past it every day. The old farm was an ugly black box that needed to be raised off the ground so we used milk crates. Ugly. Not something you want front and centre. So I hid it behind a shrub in the back yard where it was out of sight and mind. The new worm farm looks more of a pot with plants growing in it.

It’s a garden! Having plants around it, makes it an interesting object. I point it out to visitors. They’re always interested. The worm farm helps the plants grow. Some plants have done well. The chives are very happy. I haven’t done well with coriander. The chilli plant have given us some chillies.

Moveable: The work farm is light enough to move around, which Mr S does when he mows the lawn. And we move it depending on the plants’ need for sunlight.

We will plan to buy a couple more.

It means less green kitchen waste going into the bin. Given that the tower is small, the worm garden can only take a small handful of waste a day, so two farms should handle our output.

Here’s the supplier: Composta

Currently my basil is dying down. The chives continue to flourish. They have the advantage that the possums don’t like them. There is also a chilli plant and if you look, you can see a chilli resting on the chives.

I will pull out the basil soon and try to grow some mini-rocket.

ONE easy thing you can do to help the environment right now

This post is inspired by Fiona’s posts on the environment. The idea is directly taken from the recent BBC David Attenborough documentary.

On the documentary, they give this step which will make a direct impact on the amount of green house gases you put out.

Happily, it will also save you money.

And you can do it without changing your lifestyle. No ashes and sack cloth.

One easy thing to do is use all the food you buy and cook.

OK, it may involve a little change of practice and a little planning.

When grocery shopping, I don’t put things in the trolley out of habit. Unfortunately Mr S doesn’t look in our fridge or cupboard for what we already have before he shops, so often buys stuff we already hav. While he plans our meals, he often over buys stuff, like tonnes more grapes than we can eat before they go off.

We do eat most of our leftovers – for lunch, if I’m lucky. With two grown male offspring, leftovers are often gone – as midnight snacks, breakfasts, afternoon snacks, after dinner suppers.

However, we do toss a bit. Food put in the fridge for later and then pushed to the back and forgotten. Fruit that goes off, especially once it is a little over-ripe, it gets left to fully go off. Cheese bought and not eaten. Veggies mouldering in the bottom of the fridge.

The Chaser’s War on Waste said the average Australian family throw away $3,500 of food every year.

Imagine if your share stayed in your pocket? That’s a good holiday!

And by not having food waste, you will make a contribution to the environment.

My new mini-challenge is to not throw out any food. Fruit tends to be my worst area.

Stay tuned for how I go in this challenge.

In the week since drafting this, I have thrown out some raspberries. They were off in the container in the fridge.

And an end of bread that had gone mouldy.

And some grapes. And some yoghurt that Dirty Boy put in a bowl to eat but then didn’t want to – he is very sick and hasn’t been eating. After he breathed on it, no way would I save the food.

The raspberries and grapes end up in our work farm. Still there was a lot of energy consumed in the product, processing, transportation and storage of these products.