The Gleeful Retiree and his lovely wife graciously invited me to join a group for a visit to their beautiful Put-In-Bay place on the shores of Lake Erie this weekend. We stayed up to the wee hours last night, talking and catching up, and I slept with the windows open, enjoying the breeze and the ever-present murmurs of the Lake in the background. I think you never sleep so well as you do around water.
Today dawned bright and clear, to the accompaniment of gull cries, surf sounds, and the whistle of a brisk wind.
Richard has an interesting story in the Chicago Tribune about vermiculture: that is, worm composting. I’m all in favor of composting and reducing our waste footprint, and using the lowly worm to accomplish that important goal seems like a good idea to me.
As always, I learned something from reading Richard’s story. For example:
Worms eat about a third of their body weight a day, and great compost packed with nutrients comes out the other end.
Charles Darwin was a big fan of worms, and wrote that he doubted “there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world.”
Worms are temperamental, and one lazy worm can turn an entire worm colony into a bunch of malingerers.
Worms apparently will eat just about anything, including burlap and scrap paper.
Remember the useful aspects of our worm friends, and be sure to sweep them off the driveway after the next big rainstorm rather than pulverizing them into the asphalt!