My Little Garborators

Last night, after discovering stupid spider mites all up on my favourite crop, I washed my hands thoroughly and checked in on my pets. I've been feeding them clippings, plant thinnings, peels, lettuce-gone-bad-in-the-fridge, bits and pieces of things here and there. (Putting half a cup of glutinous rice flour you left out open and thought was too risky to eat because of all the bugs in your apartment? Well, it's really, really dry, and yup, it had bugs in it.)

The wormies seem to be doing ridiculously fine--there are babies, adults, and the food I started with less than two months ago is totally gone, as is a lot of the stuff I've added since then. I've had to shred several newspapers, as well, to keep the bedding full. I don't know how many worms I have; they are adept at hiding and have been living underneath the cardboard protective layer I put down. By the way, I don't know why the video I watched put cardboard on the bottom of the bin, because all it does is get extremely wet and start getting eaten by worms. But if they like it, I won't complain.

A surprise, however, was some nasturtium trying to grow from amid the shredded newspaper. Apparently, ripping them out of the planter and sticking them in compost is just what they like--if only the little guy had some light, he wouldn't be so pale! But since I want these plants to be compost and not use all the compost up, I broke 'em up into smaller pieces and buried them again. I also noticed some sunflower seeds that were in leftover salad gone bad had started germinating. Seems like a great environment for growth down there!

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2 Responses to My Little Garborators

  1. Cool! I definitely need to start composting. My guinea pigs are too picky to be willing to eat everything.

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  2. I've had a few different plants surviving 'worm hell'. Most of them are tomatoes (no surprise there), but even a strawberry or two have turned up healthy.

    Spider mites! Ouch! I have my own personal battle with thrips, but when I read your description I'm beginning to suspect that they may be spidermites instead. Hmm - I'm managed to grow and harvest for years _with_ this infestation, but my gardens have been 'limp'. Try to keep your plants healthy and they handle most of the attack themselves, and look out for biological control.

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