It IS very tumbleweeds in here, ain't it...
So are you going to at least grow a couple of roses or a raspberry bush or something, AD? Tell me you at least have a plastic tote worm bin in the garage?? What's growing in that 3000 square feet right now? Or is it snowing in NY already?
The fun of gardening/worming might show itself again. I've noticed enthusiasms wane and wax.
Serendipitous that this thread was at the top when I wandered by. Been dreaming of worm bins again... mostly because I FINALLY stopped moving. I've moved 5 times since South Carolina!(and several temp housings on work contracts.) But think this is it for a while: Bought a cheap house in a seedy neighborhood in Baltimore last May and am now in the mood to don my worm herder hat and wrangle some worms.
I set up an outside bin of cinder blocks and put in a bunch of shredded oak leaves that I brought from the Dundalk rental we moved from (packed and moved leaves. yes I did. still married. mostly because I didn't make an issue of leaving the bricks in Ohio)
Anyway, long story short, the dang thing heated up. I've NEVER had a compost pile heat up. Even when I try to do everything right. Which I wasn't, I was making worm bedding-- I thought. So luckily I hadn't gotten around to running up to Pennsylvania to pick up some worms there (if anyone has a Maryland source they deal with that is good, please let me know... ) and am now sitting here waiting to see if it will cool down sometime. It didn't even have any greens in it, I swear. Weird. I started putting stuff into it once I realized I was making compost, not a worm bin. It's steaming. So back to the drawing board.
I read a horror story of how rodents like to nest in compost piles in the winter. And since there are city rats running around (not a lot, but enough that one might catch a glimpse of a long skinny tail disappearing under a car if one were outside to get to an early morning shift...) I'm thinking I will become a compulsive compost turner.
I dunno. Can't say I'm sorry to trade in fire ants for possible rat encounters. I got a couple cats, so I'm safe inside the house. Hopefully.
Been thinking about raised beds, stone or concrete, waist high, with built in worm bins running down the center. That way I can feed the worms in the middle, fling some of the finished stuff out over the growing area every so often to keep the soil healthy/replenished and the garden part of it will regulate the temp enough so they won't freeze to death in the little winters we have here. (zone 7, i think) . But not sure if that is right, like, would they be MORE exposed to the elements in a raised bed? On the other hand, if I go to all the trouble of building this thing(s) then I might as well put posts up and have a greenhouse kinda thing going in the winter and early spring. Removable trellises that would double as walls in the winter. ? The problem there would be over heating them, maybe. Of course, waist high beds would be deep enough for them to dive to safety as needed.
I'm trying to decide if I should delineate the beds from the bin or just dig a trench and do it that way. Maybe just screen or something in a long...trench of worms...but it would be hard to really FARM them that way... they'd be free range. Or at least, cage free. It'd be a worm BED not a worm BIN. I'm not certain it would be cozy enough for them. Maybe a screen trench with a board on top to keep the light off the melon rinds/newspaper.
Wasn't someone else doing something very similar to this a couple of years ago? hmm
Anyway, howdy AD, Rosegrower! And the rest of y'all!