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Marion's Wormy Poem!

By Heather 11 years ago

Thanks to Marion who says: "I am a 64 year old Wiglet who is very interested in all things good, green and growing,although I leave the wormery to my daughter. Thank you for all your news which I look forward to.
And she has written this corking poem:
'Twas some years ago, when the kiddies were small,
Four children and I were returning from school,
When my five year old son, who was some way ahead,
Plucked a thing from the grass and excitedly said,
"Cor, look at this worm, it's all stretchy and wet,
I wonder how long I can make this worm get?"
Before I could stop him, before our shocked eyes,
He'd pulled at each end 'til he'd doubled its size.
"Let go"we all screamed," that's a cruel thing to do,"
But he just stretched it more 'til it snapped right in two,
Then tossing the bits in a garden, he smiled,
While we stared aghast at the horrible child.
Later that night, after he had been bathed,
I mentioned the worm, but he just sat and laughed.
I banned such behaviour, I tried to explain,
Yet, just a week later, he did it again!!!
But this time I grabbed him and opened his hand,
He grinned as I took out a large rubber band!

Worms for all

By Heather 11 years ago

The Common Earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris), is easy to digest, high in protein and loved by all sorts of birds, such as blackbirds and thrushes through to gulls, curlews and even buzzards. In addition, mammals such as hedgehogs, shrews, moles and badgers like nothing better than fat, juicy earthworms. They are also loved by fish, as many a fisherman will testify to.

Historically, humans (and not just inquisitive babies!) ate worms.

There is a book called “The Worm Book: The Complete Guide to Worms in Your Garden” by Loren Nancarrow and Janet Hogan Taylor that has a whole chapter (admittedly only 2 pages long!) devoted to the preparation of worms for eating, followed by tasty (?) recipes.

Here’s one for earthworm meatloaf:

750g (1½ lb) of ground beef
1 cup of boiled earthworms, finely chopped
1 packet of dry onion soup mix
1 cup evaporated milk
1 bell pepper chopped
1 slice of fresh bread torn into bits

Mix all the ingredients together and place in a loaf tin. Bake for an hour at 200oC/400oF.

Worm Wisdom: Seven facts about Earthworms

By Heather 12 years ago

Here are some facts about earthworms:

  • Earthworms (Lumbricus terrestris) (also known as lob worms or garden worms) are nature’s ploughs and are crucial for soil aeration. In an acre of land between 16,000-30,000 lbs (7,200-13,500kg) of soil passes through earthworms and is deposited on the surface each year. No wonder archaeologists are so good at digging!

  • How do worms travel? No, not on the underground, but by using their complex muscle system and hairs, called setae.

  • Earthworms do not have teeth, but use a gizzard to grind up pieces of food.

  • Worms don’t have eyes (except in cartoons!), but are sensitive to light.

  • Earthworms don’t have lungs, but instead “breathe” through their skin as long as it stays moist.

  • Earthworms are hermaphrodites ie their bodies contain both male and female reproductive organs.

  • Not content with one heart, earthworms have no fewer than five.

Less Rubbish Collections = Less Waste

By Heather 12 years ago

I am convinced that the easier it is to throw things away - the more we throw away. I reckon if we had a waste collection every 3 days we would find things to throw away every three days! On the other hand I think that if local authorities want to get serious about reducing the amount of waste they deal with, just cut the collections and encourage folk to be accountable for their own waste. There's industrial action in Vancouver and instead of having the usual photos of "Mrs Bouquet" talking about how she has rats and stinking garbage - they have got a real enthusiam for reducing waste and composting
If we look at this problem logically and armed with the appropriate tools (including Bokashi and Worms), not only would less collections mean less expense, but it would also mean less waste, I reckon.
Maybe we need a Wiggly Wigglers pilot scheme?

Can-O-Worms is HOT!!

By Heather 13 years ago

Well this Can-O-Worms isn't so hot. This is Jo from Wiggly Wigglers Can-O-Worms in her garden in the snow last month.

But Can-O-Worms has certainly been hot in terms of news this week:

First of all a dream headline in this weeks Daily Mail for all at Wiggly Wigglers.
Sarah Sands says "I love my can of (pet) worms!"
Then our worms make it to "Its not easy being Green" and then to top it all we had to send three Can-O-Worms to London for The Richard and Judy Show. Rach nearly had kittens though, because the courier broke down (!) and the kits had to be there by 4pm. Anyway with a bit of van swopping and driver grief they made it just in time!