A Venture into Vermiculture

When our tax return came in this last month, I looked at mrgillis and said “How about we each take a bit and invest it into something- I’d like to do meat birds.”

He agreed, and we’re looking into ordering those and getting housing for them, sometime in June, after our 10(!!) year anniversary. But that’s an entirely different blog- Back to the subject at hand, which is, what did mrgillis decide to invest in this year?

When I said this to him, I thought he would go for stocks, really, because he’d been talking to his uncle a lot about this whole sirius/pandora thing going/not going on.

But instead, a few days later, after a shopping trip outta town, he turns to me and says, “so a thousand baby red worms are only 38 bucks with shipping…. and a four bin vermiculture setup goes for about a hundred….”

We have talked recently about adding a worm bin to our composting routine, because you can put stuff in there that the chickens wont eat, and you get WORM CASTINGS.

But a whole setup that you don’t have to build yourself can get a bit steep. Like $100 or more steep. We don’t have time to build everything ourselves, and buying a premade bin will save us time and possible mistakes….. pretty valuable when we still have the whole mess in the shed to deal with still, and chicks on the way(just our egg layers) in fewer then 14 days…

And Worm castings are something that are fairly expensive (anywhere from $1 to $3 per pound depending on brand) when bought in retail store and are amazing fertilizer for your plants. If we start producing our own, we will use more.

But in reality, that is still looking at 35 pounds of finished worm castings, at MINIMUM, that we have to produce, before we start to see a return on our investment.

But then there’s the fact that they will eat a ton of our food and paper waste, which makes them valuable in a different way. We have a goal to get as close to zero waste as possible.

So, we are now in the midst of ordering a Worm Factory 360 and our first 1000 red wrigglers.

And also going face first into a vermiculture crash course so we don’t kill these little guys.

Until next time, have a wicked good evening!

Part Two of our Venture Into Vermiculture


Published by gillisgardensllc

This is the official website for Gillis Gardens, LLC. Gillis Gardens is a farm, run by myself and my wonderful husband. We believe in biodiversity, organic growing methods and doing things ourselves. I knit, crochet, make jewelry and sew. MrGillis builds, doing everything from our plumbing to our mechanical to our renovations. We are both active members of our little community. We both take care of the plants and animals. He weeds, I harvest. He spreads manure, I plant. We raise multiple breeds of chickens for eggs and meat. We have a herd of Alpacas that we shear every year for their beautiful fiber, which we then have milled into ultra luxurious yarn. We make our own maple syrup, preserves and pickles. We raise bees for honey and herbs for medicine. We also raise pigs for meat and fun. We are the parents of two young children, and consider that our most important job. Follow our adventures here and also on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

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