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Arrival of the worms

Drawing of a red wormWorms!  Some slightly dehydrated annelids arrived Thursday.  Most had crawled out of the box and into the paper wrapping, which Dennis had luckily taped very well before mailing.  Thank you so much, Dennis, for the new additions to our farm!

I re-wet the leaves in our worm box and put the little wrigglers in.  Most sat on the surface, stunned, but a day later they had spread down among the wet leaves where I had to dig to find them.  They didn't seem to have touched the tea bags which I buried as starter food, but worm castings were in evidence.

For those not in the know, the worm of choice for vermicomposting is red wrigglers, a name referring to two species which are both a good deal smaller than the worms you probably dig up in your garden on a regular basis.  I've never tried vermiculture before, so I'll be sure to keep you updated about their adventures, though will try to refrain from my urge to poke at the worms several times a day to see what they're up to.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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