March 12, 2009

Worms in the Basement

Not as gross as it sounds – not nearly as bad as Aphids on Iris! Seriously, I’ve grown meal worms for the birds for years. It began as a way to attract bluebirds to my yard. My cousin gave me my starter worms and, sure enough, the blue birds loved them. They are easy to keep and grow. Other birds like them too. In fact, in my current location, the Titmice, Chickadees, Nuthatches and Miss Wren Bird (my favorite back deck visitor) are eating more than the bluebirds. Miss Wren Bird inspired this little mini collage that I made from a photo I took of her (or him??)

You can grow meal worms in a plastic storage container anywhere that stays above freezing and is protected from moisture. They are clean and have no odor. Even my koi in the backyard water feature like them.

In my next blog I’ll give instructions for growing your own worms and a link to places to purchase your starter worms.

Right now I think I’ll crawl into bed with a good book – it’s snowing here right now. Yes, snow after 75 degrees last week. Welcome to Tennessee. We say here that if you don’t like the weather, wait an hour or two and it will change. Glad I didn’t plant the Rhubarb plants I bought Monday. I potted them up in larger pots and left them in the sunny window until weather settles – turned out to be a good idea.

Next blog about worms and other bird attracting tips.

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