Want to know how to make the best fertilizer in the world? Take a bull horn and stuff it with the manure from a lactating cow, bury it in the ground for 6 months, then dig it up and stick it in your compost pile.
I swear, I didn’t make this up. According to ancient wisdom and the science of biodynamics, this process with make enzymes that activate the compost and makes all kinds wonderful things that helps plants grow.
I got this picture off the internet just to prove that I didn’t make it up.
I don’t know where to get bull horns and I have never seen a lactating cow with my own eyes, so I won’t be stuffing poo into the bones of dead animals any time soon. However, I want to grow a garden so I can have free food.
Vegetables are good for you, and if you eat mostly foods in their natural state, your body will be healthier and you’ll weigh a lot less. Green vegetables, like lettuce for salads, can be grown in a sunny window in the house, but the problem is, potting soil is expensive if you have to keep buying it over and over again.
But what if there was a way to turn your garbage into soil to grow food that you could eat? OMG! There is. It’s called vermicomposting! Did you know that worms can eat your garbage? And did you also know that you can use worm poo and put it on your plants and it will make your plants grow bigger than if you used miracle grow.
It doesn’t stink either, so you can do this in your house.
Poke holes in a couple of storage bins.
Then you add a bit of soil, and toss in the worms. Actually, gently place the worms under the bedding with an apple core or two. They eat half their weight in food every day. Don’t overfeed!
I’ve never done this before, but I’ve always wanted too. http://vermicomposting.com/
It’s the epitome of being self sufficient. We’re trying to have more money coming into the bank from our investments than we spend. When we hit that goal, we’ll be financially independent. Then my husband can quit his job and we can move to the country and plant a food forest.
But in order to hit our goal faster, we have to spend way less, which means we have to grow our own food in our little suburban backyard. And if some worms can eat my garbage and make some awesome nutrient rich food for my fig trees, then I want to do it.
Did you know that people will pay good money for worm poo? It’s awesome, you can have worms eat your garbage, then sell the poo for money, which you could trade for a bar of gold? Technically speaking, wouldn’t that make worm farming a sort of alchemy? So, if I have a worm farm, I could just tell people that I am an alchemist.
So I begged my husband to let me have a worm farm. I promised to feed them and take care of them and do all of the work. He finally agreed, and now my worms are in the mail. I bought them off ebay.
I told my teenage son that we’re getting worms. He asked me if that meant that we would all have to get back on the medicine again. (I’d rather not explain that one).