Mama Diaries

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Worm Experiment

"Mama," my eight year old son said.  "We need some newspapers, eggshells, and rotten banana peels."

"What?" I said.  I couldn't imagine why anyone would need rotten banana peels.

"We're going to do an experiment," he announced.

"What kind of experiment, Bubba?"

"A worm experiment."

That piqued my interest.  "Will we need worms for this?"

"Yeah, Mama.  Lot's of them."

I collected the newspapers, eggshells, and a banana peel, which I'm sure will be rotten in about two days.  Bubba collected the worms.

When we had all the materials, we dumped them into a container. 

"Now what?" I asked.

"Now we wait for the worms to turn all of this into compost."

Oh. 

Ladies and gentlemen, this little experiment might take a while.  But I'll keep you updated on how it turns out!

41 comments:

  1. The Hurricane has a worm compost container. I don't know what she's going to do with the compost. She lives in a studio apartment. She had a nightmare recently that one of the worms attacked her while she was sleeping. She posts photos of the worms on Facebook. I can see why they give her nightmares; I just can't figure out why she has them. I hope they don't turn into a nightmare for you.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Why in the world would she post photos of worms on Facebook? Is she trying to spread worm nightmares? I'll be sure to stay away! ;)

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    2. I guess she posts the photos because she's proud of her worm children. Maybe she needs to get married and have a baby, or at least move to an apartment where she can have a cat.

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  2. At least he's learning! haha. Oh, and I hate worms . . . don't tell him that :)

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    1. I'm sure he'd try to send you a few in the mail if he knew!

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  3. Should be interesting to see how it turns out.

    Thanks for coming by and so pleased you were able to get through. Also pleased you liked the song.
    When I did letter "C" it was called "Chasing Rainbows" the song of the same name was sung by Neil Sedaka but the melody was by Chopin, neil sang the song then played the most fantastic main part of music.

    Yvonne.

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    1. I love that Chopin piece! I would've liked to have heard that. Hopefully your blog will continue to work!

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  4. Well I think that is a pretty cool. I'll keep an eye out for updates on how the experiment is going.

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    1. Yeah - if Mama can stand rotten banana peels and worms in the house!

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  5. It's a good experiment for outside! :)

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    1. It's in the house right now, but it's going to have to go outside if it's going to reach completion!

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  6. Worms?! *shudders* Even if this experiment does take a while, hopefully it won't turn disastrous somehow for you guys!

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    1. As long as Schultz doesn't find it, we should be okay!

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  7. Ah, well, as gross as it all sounds, at least it's going to end up being a good product~

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  8. I hope the worms have big appetites so you'll have something to report before too long.

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    1. It's going to take them a while to work through that banana peel!

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  9. Beats hearing, mother, can I borrow your razors? I'd like to experiment by chopping and decapitating my toys. :)

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    1. Oh gosh! Do your kids ask for razors?

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  10. That's quite an experiment. It does teach patience. ;)

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    1. Yes - patience to wait for the compost to form, and patience to deal with a rotten banana peel for so long!

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  11. Lovely! Only I hope your worms are Red Wigglers and then you will have compost. I've been a vermiculturist for years Those Wigglers eat my garbage into the best garden dirt you can find. Your son's on the right track.

    If you want to know how to make this work here an article I wrote for kids. It was in Stories for Children a few years ago. Your son might find it fun.

    http://www.cleemckenziebooks.com/pdf/wormtea.html

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    1. Red wigglers? I have no idea what my son dug up. They looked like big fat earthworms.

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  12. Smart Bubba! He knows now how to make compost!

    Nas

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  13. That is sure going to take quite a while, Schultz will probably get bored and eat the whole thing.

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  14. Bubba has some foresight. That's awesome. Maybe he'll get into organic farming.

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    1. Yep. They have a lot of composting to do!

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  16. I like how he uses his head and his time.

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    1. He definitely is the experimental type!

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  17. Quite the scientist you have.Maybe you'll have compost by summer's end.

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  18. wow, your kids are very smart and hopefully pretty patient :)

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  19. Very interesting project you have there. I must admit, I'm fearful of wiggly stuff.

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    1. Then you'd better keep away from my son. He's always finding snakes, worms, and other wiggly things.

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