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Moon/venus/jupiter trifecta caused funk? And speaking of funky, the worm bin is a bit ripe

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Went to bed early, but still woke up 3 or 4 times this morning to look at the moon/venus/jupiter trifecta. Made for a weird sleep night, but I couldn’t help it.

Today, a funk. I just feel off. Ever have those days?

And speaking of funky… The worm bin is starting to smell a wee bit in the warm garage. Any suggestions? Am I giving them too much food and they can’t keep up? Last I looked, the worms were alive and going to town. Smells like, well, rotting veggies. Is this normal?

Still stoked about the worm bin

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I’m still pretty stoked about our worm bin. It’s amazing the amount of veggie waste that we generate weekly—in spite of my best efforts—and now it’s all going in the bin! Also, the kids have been shredding boxes of expired paperwork in the garage, so we have kept the worm bin well stocked with shreds over the last 3 weeks.

Every once in a while I carefully dig down in there to verify that, yep, the worms are still alive and pooping. We’ve had some pretty hot days over the last week or so, and I’m also keeping an eye on them to make sure it doesn’t get too hot in the garage. 

The bin level keeps going down and we keep adding more on top, so they must be doing some major work. I hope they multiply well enough that I can eventually transplant some of them to my new compost piles we’ve started this summer adjacent to the veggie garden. Would they thrive in that environment as well? Or should I leave the native worms to the outside stuff?

Worm bin, sans worms

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Worm Compost Bin

Worm Compost Bin

The worm bin, sans worms. We followed these directions. I must admit, it took us a little longer than 3 minutes, even without a beer in one hand. Mainly, because hubby drilled about a zillion air holes for the worms. We decided to keep the bin in the garage for now, as we don’t have a good outdoor location that would be mainly out of the sun. It may need to be relocated or insulated in some way for the winter, though.

Also, our bin is a bit larger than the one in the example {approx 32″ x 16″ wide x 24″ deep}. I chose a plastic tote with a nice hinged lid that we were using for old toys. Rather than use a second bin, we’ve used the tray from a large unused dog crate to catch any drippings underneath—we’ll see how well that works. {I’ve already accidentally broken a corner of the tray, which is annoying, since it goes with a very expensive extra-large greyhound sized dog crate that we were storing in the garage, but will need again someday.} We do have another same-sized bin that we could use underneath later on.

The kids and I cleaned out some of the garage today too, and did some paper shredding. So we have almost too many shreds, but also a week’s worth of veggie trimmings in there as well as some other odds and ends like cardboard, dryer lint, etc.

I’m hoping to pick up some worms this week so they can start munching!

garden, collard wraps, worm compost bin, magic, yahtzee

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My collard wraps

My collard wraps

Today I bought collard wrap ingredients purposefully very similar to Angeline’s. Here’s what went into them:

  • Collard leaves, blanched for 60 seconds or so {I might do them a little more next time as the stems were the tiniest bit too chewy for me at the big end. I gently patted them with kitchen towels to dry.}
  • Carrots, shredded in the Vitamix
  • Cashew cheese {Cashews simmered in salt water and soaked for about an hour total, then drained and blended with fresh water until very smooth in the Vitamix. I didn’t clean out the leftover carrots before making the cashew cream, which made the cashew cream a lovely buttery yellow color}
  • Purple cabbage, roughly chopped {Next time I would chop it a little finer to avoid chunks}
  • Spinach
  • Lots of avocado {1/2 an avocado per wrap}
  • Kalamata olives {I accidentally bought the pitted kind, so they took a while to pit, but they were worth it}
Overall, the collard wrap tasted very similar to the wraps I was trying to emulate. I did feel like it lacked a little something, so I ended up adding some vegan Worcestershire that I had mixed up a while back, and also some Dijon mustard. Those added just the kick it needed. 

 

Today I also:
  • got a bunch of new library books
  • bought a tomato plant to replace the one that froze
  • roped my hubby into helping me create the worm compost bin setup
    • meaning I watched while he drilled all the air and drainage holes in the plastic bin
    • I didn’t let a lack of worms stop me from starting to fill it with shredded paper and a week’s worth of kitchen scraps
  • played magic online and then Yahtzee (not online) with the hubs.
  • hung out with 7 pretty sweet animals
    • {it was a kid-free weekend}

Contemplating composting

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I’ve been so out of sorts this week. And fighting a cold—or is it allergies? That would explain a lot.

Two books that I’ve enjoyed this week:

I was recently inspired by the following post (from a visitor to this blog) and am determined to start a worm compost bin soon. I’ve always let composting intimidate me, but this makes it seem easy:

http://soulsbyfarm.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/lets-build-a-worm-farm/

And then, maybe I can work my way up to some of the other techniques in the Composting book.