I've been thinking about worms since the full worm moon of March. Initially I wasn't excited to illustrate this moon, but then I reflected on the important role worms play in our health and ecosystem. It began to feel like a special way to pay them tribute for the work that they do.
"If we understand the worm, we understand life." - John Sulston
In the world of gardening, if you want a thriving garden, you start by 'growing' your soil. Nutrients go from your soil, into your plants, and onward to you when you eat them. The more nourishing your soil, the more nourishing your meal. This is where the worms come into play. Worms excel at breaking down food waste into nutrient dense castings that they distribute through the soil. It's called vermicomposting!
Let's talk vermicomposting. There are other methods of composting, but few are as rich and effortless as working with the worms. To create my vermicomposting system, I bought two 5 gallon buckets and drilled holes throughout. I dug one hole in the center of each garden bed, added leaves to the bottom of the hole and the bucket.
The buckets are now ready to toss in alternating layers of food scraps and leaves. Add some worms from Rocky Mountain Soil Stewardship and the in-bed composting systems are in operation. Feed the worms, who feed the soil, that feeds the plants, which feeds you - it's a life cycle!
Cover it all with the lid and top with a cute hedgehog critter - because why not? Welcome home little worms and thank you for tending to my garden soil.