My worms are here! The package from Uncle Jim's Worm Farm arrived very quickly; good thing I got organized yesterday and put my homemade stacking worm bin together. I bought three plastic storage tubs from Lowe's; they cost $4.98 each. Aside from that, all I needed for this experiment were four yogurt cups (anything of similar size will do, but I ate the yogurt), some shredded paper, a bit of potting soil (ETA: probably not such a good idea; see next post), and a mess of kitchen scraps. And the worms.
This bin will catch any liquid that drips down from the higher bins. Worms need a moist environment, but not an aquatic one. The liquid will be good fertilizer.
I dumped the worms onto the food scraps, and covered them with some more damp shredded paper, and then put the lid on the bin and set it in the kitchen where it will live. I am trying not to check on them too often. They should start eating soon and making what are delicately called castings. When the first bin has lots of castings in it, I'll put the second bin on top, with paper and food scraps in it, and let the worms migrate up. Then I can collect the mostly worm-free castings from below, and the bins keep switching places.
I'll let you know if that works out as planned. So very glad I did this - admittedly, it was an easier step to take than getting bees or chickens, neither of which I've plunged into yet, and much cheaper. A thousand worms cost under $20 plus shipping; $15 for the bins... not much of an investment for something that should yield enough compost to feed all my potted plants. I'm excited!
I'm less excited about the freeze warning for tonight, considering everything out there that's in flower - my blueberries at the link, magnolias not quite done yet, cherries making pink snow everywhere.