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!