Composting with Worms


worms with parsley

Photo courtesy of Monte Larson

When my wife suggested we keep vermiculture worms in our home, my first reaction was “yuck.” I pictured thousands of worms crawling along the baseboards and walls.

“If they’re fed and watered,” she said, “they stay in the bin.” As a child, she dug worms to sell to anglers at Willard Bay. None, apparently, escaped from the peanut-butter jars or soup cans in which she kept them.

Still, the idea of bringing worms into the house unnerved me. “Can’t we keep them outside?”

“Summers are too hot,” she said, “and winters are way too cold.”

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