Gut Rumbles
 

June 24, 2004

money-maker

I went to the store today and passed a sign advertising Red Wiggler worms for sale. Those worms make excellent fish bait, especially for bream or crappie. I don't know how much money that guy makes growing worms, but I DO KNOW that it's not difficult to do.

When I first started seriously gardening, I built a compost bin in my back yard. I threw all my grass clippings, leaf-rakings and non-meat table scraps in there and wet it down and tossed the mixture around with a pitchfork every few days. Thanks to aerobic decomposition, that compost produced some of the finest, richest soil you could ever wish for.

It also spawned incredible numbers of Red Wiggler worms.

Red Wigglers are good for a garden. The worms help aerate the soil and they devour nematodes and other baddies that kill your plants from the bottom up. When my compost was just about ready to spread in the garden, I could dig my hands in there and come up with dozens of worms every time. Big, juicy, long, FAT worms, too.

I've got plenty of room to build a large compost bin in my back yard. I could fill it up pretty quickly with grass clippings and semi-rotten vegetables, and I probably could persuade a couple of my neighbors to contribute to the cause, too. It wouldn't take more than a couple of months to have a thriving worm-farm going back there. I'm seriously considering that idea. I'm tired of telling people that I'm retired.

I want to be able to say, "What do I do for a living? I'm a WORM FARMER."

Comments

Worm farming is a great, I know of many millionaires in the field.

Posted by: Tim on June 24, 2004 08:09 PM

No no no, you mean worm *rancher*!

Git along lil wormies, Ki yi yippee yi...*oops*...

You could get a wormboy hat, wormboy boots, wormboy saddle. This things got potential.

Posted by: JSAllison on June 24, 2004 09:04 PM

"Red Wigglers. The Cadillac of worms!"

Now where did that quote come from?

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip on June 24, 2004 09:45 PM

Did you ever see the movie squirm ?
( http://imdb.com/title/tt0075261/ )

Posted by: Dave Munger on June 24, 2004 09:47 PM

A slight inconsistency in today's strings of posts. Organic farming/gardening mostly means grown in soil enriched with organic matter and without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc.
The healthier the soil, the better the vegetables, I'd say. I put compost and manure in the garden soil, then spray the sevin and herbicide as needed.
So, that worm growing compost pile makes you, and me, half organic gardeners. But I sure as hell never buy anything labeled organic.


Posted by: Will on June 25, 2004 12:19 AM

"Red Wigglers, the Cadillac of worms" comes from 'WKRP in Cincinnati'. Red Wigglers was an advertiser on the station.

And I'm pissed that someone commented on it before I did.

Posted by: Bill on June 25, 2004 08:41 AM
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