We are now farmers. Good ole southern farmers, y'all. As of a week ago when my boys assembled this worm farm, we have been busy checking and observing various worm happenings.
The instructions said to keep the worms in a cool, dry, and dim to dark place. Interestingly, my pantry is the ideal place, but something about farming worms next to cereal boxes and pasta sauce didn't seem right. We settled on a shelf in the corner of the laundry room and I gave strict instructions that the worm farm was not to be opened unless they first asked.I've come close to losing it before. "It" meaning my sanity, my patience, and my will to continue parenting. If they accidentally dumped this jar with 20 plus worms in my laundry room I think I would definitely lose it.
A week into this farming thing, and we've begun to see some tunnels reaching deep into the jar. It's been a great way for the boys to visualize how worms help plants by allowing water and oxygen get deep into dirt.Grady Lee made the obvious, but disgusting, observation that, "since there are millions and millions of plants in the world that need water and oxygen by their roots, that must mean there are millions and millions and millions of worms in the world! Maybe even millions of worms in our backyard!" Probably close to true, but I don't like to think about millions of worms beneath my bare feet as I run around the yard.
Interested in making a worm farm with your kids? Come on, it's a fantastic experience to walk into PetSmart and ask for a tub of earth worms. Check out this website for details.