multipurposegoddess: (Penguin Cookie Jar)
...when wrapping kitchen scraps in newspaper inspires me to sing "Feed the Wo-o-orms (Do They Know It's Christmastime)" to myself. I usually think that, no, how could they know? They are worms, for one thing, and I don't celebrate Christmas so they don't get a lot of clues. They might know it's colder and wetter than it used to be, but they live in the garage so they might not even know that. But I am currently drinking gingerbread flavored coffee with the spices in the grounds, so my compost is extra festive. Joyeaux Noel, red wigglers!
multipurposegoddess: (Simpsons)
I did my first harvest of the worm bin today. That is some seriously beautiful, rich, black soil, my friends. A half-gallon, gallon, I don't know, estimating volume by eye is hard. Dumped it all around the orange tree (the orange tree we planted, as opposed to the two orange trees that were here when we moved in), but I will have to give some thought to systematic deployment in the future. Worms seem healthy and happy, as far as I can tell. I am pleased that my failing to chop up my kitchen scraps into tiny pieces doesn't seem to have caused any problems, so I can continue my fairly cavalier approach
multipurposegoddess: (Aruba)
I spotted a couple of worms in the second tier of my worm bin! I didn't think they'd move that fast, awesome! 

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Feb. 4th, 2011 11:20 am
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Worm Bin #2 came yesterday, but it seems to be missing all its hardware. I'm going to go look for the missing bag of parts probably a few more times over the weekend, but if it's really not there and not just hiding from me, it looks like I will have to send the whole huge box back and wait for a replacement. Bah. AFAICT, the Green Worms are doing okay - they aren't on the surface anymore, at least and I saw at least one wiggling around the chard.

I think I forgot to mention that said worms are, of course, Red Wigglers, the Cadillac of Worms (which I sing to them all the time).

Today's mail brought a bill for H's corporate credit card for $250. I called to see what that's all about, but it was going to be a 6 minute wait on hold according to the automated thing that answered, so I took the automated voice's advice and will call back later. Probably something I do have to pay, which is disheartening. Such a round number, I hope they can tell me what the charges are. Were. Cover. I'm not sure what verb goes there.

For breakfast today I decided to have Cold Lazy Woman's Pho Ga, ie chicken broth with a lime squeezed into it. Yum. I love soup for breakfast whenever I think to have it, I wonder why it isn't more common.
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Box o' Produce arrived yesterday afternoon. For once, my fridge was basically empty and ready for it, so that's awesome. I will spare you the details, but I have been feeling like going back on the clear liquids for a while might be a good idea, so I almost postponed delivery. When I went to see about that possibility, though, I also saw that this week's box includes beets, and I couldn't take a chance that I wouldn't get beets later if I did postpone. Eating lots of vegetables might be just as therapeutic as eating not much of anything, right?

Anyway, in this week's box:
  • Green leaf lettuce
  • Braeburn apples
  • Tangelos
  • Tangerines
  • Beets (red) (with attached greens)
  • Carrots (Nantes, I think?)
  • Green onions
  • Red onion
  • Dino kale
  • Collard greens
  • Cauliflower
That's a lot of nom. I'll be cooking up a mess of greens at some point today, and I've got a pound of chicken liver thawing for tomorrow; either I'll carmelize some onions in the crock pot to add to sauted liver, or I'll try the chicken liver pate in the crockpot recipe I just stumbled across in one of the cookbooks I forgot I had. The beets and cauliflower are destined to be roasted, I think, but they'll keep better than the greens so they have to wait their turn.

Also arriving yesterday was worm bin #1, and also worms, so that is all set up in the garage. This happened to be the green one (I mean it is the color green, not that is more eco-friendly than the other), the red one (terra cotta according to the web site) will go out in the old dovecote which I suppose I can then refer to as the worm shed to distinguish it from the shed shed. I put all the mail-order worms into this one, because I didn't think they'd stay alive any other way, so I'll have to get some more once the other comes. I'd be surprised if I can successfully separate a half pound of worms from a just started bin. Anyway, they have some well-aged chard and cilantro to munch on, and they all were moving around after a couple of hours under the damp newspapers yesterday, so I think they will be happy enough. Green = kitchen scraps and Red = dog waste, btw, so I can easily remember which worm castings to not put on food crops when I get to that point.

Oh, almost forgot, Farm Fresh To You, my source for delivered vegetables, is going to start offering eggs for delivery with the box! I put in a request for a dozen with my next box, which'll be before Soul Food has pick-up available again (and delivery is nicer than pick up, anyway, though I will keep picking up chickens and eggs from Soul Food, just possibly not quite as frequently)

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