Okay folks, sorry its been so long since I last posted. A lot has been going on and will will do my best to make sure all the juicy goodness gets up on the blog asap! So today is about earthworms! Mahalo nui loa to Cami Kanoa Wong for bringing over a worm house, endemic worms, and teaching us what to do! (Also congratulations on your new kamali'i!!!) So this is the scoops. The worms live in a platic storage box that has a lid and drainage holes that have been drilled out on the bottom. The box sits on two concrete blocks about 3x5x8 and the blocks sit in a plastic tub. The tub collects any water that drains out of the box and which you can also use for plants.
So the process for the earthworm/compost/black gold box is pretty simple. Any vegetable or fruit scraps you have is placed evenly on top of any existing layer. Then newspaper that has been striped approximately 1 inch wide is soaked in water and then laid evenly to cover the food scraps. Repeat as many times as you have scraps. Most foods scraps can be used except meat, dairy, citrus and papaya seeds. You have to add the earthworms at the beginning, but they will quickly multiply and aid the process. Thats about it, mahalo again to Cami and enjoy making black gold!
Raymond Kaimana or "Mana" is documenting his journey as he researches and practices a hybrid of Hawaiian Planting techniques, Permaculture and other planting strategies.