The earth is waking up and the trees are stretching their sleepy arms to the sun. Whew. Winter is over. But work is just beginning. Songbirds are nesting, flowers are budding and the chickens are laying. Chubby Mealworms is busy providing those critters their snacks so you can think about the flora that needs to sprout, root and bloom. Growing a garden is easy when you have some help. Yup. Helpers.
The secret crew
Your soil may not say much. It is the strong and silent type, but underneath the layers work is getting done. Microflora and fauna are gearing up. When soil temperatures rise, the teeny fungi, bacteria and molds jump to life. The biodiversity of a single spot of garden dirt is a cosmopolitan playground. A single tablespoon of dirt contains billions of these…teeny buddies.
The microscopic marvels break down compost and leaf litter to create more dirt and to provide nutrients for growing plants. Worms and other creatures burrow through the layers, aerating the soil and providing extra composting activity as they munch on kitchen clippings and plant waste. Worm castings are a famous soil amendment that comes along as an added bonus!
Your compost bin is a worm and microorganism café. The menu is hard to resist. Building a compost bin is easy and it is a great way for you to be a green hero. Reducing what we toss into the dustbin and landfill is nothing to "toss off." Each one of us plays a critical role in maintaining the environment and decreasing our carbon footprint. Composting limits the burden and enhances your bit of the planet.
Multitasking Tip: Building perimeters and fence lines are fantastic growing zones. They create micro-climates and support structures for growing a selection of edible and ornamental plants. You can significantly expand your growing area by planting along these structures. Set your peas or beans along flowers for a spectacular and tasty showing.
Warning: Never add printed articles or receipts. Dog and cat waste must never be used in the bin. Do not build your bin with any treated lumber or older boards with lead paint. Never add pharmaceuticals or any dangerous liquids or powders. You do not want to add any potential toxins to the pile. Compost piles are pristine little ecosystems.
Have you ever turned your pile over to find a thick shelled, segmented orange worm? Did the worm have legs in the first sections? You found a darkling beetle larva. That is a mealworm! These beetles live in almost every spot on the planet and their worm youngsters are seen in barns where grain spills... and in the ground. Animals and birds relish these live and kickin’ treats. The next time you hit the dirt, keep an eye out for wild mealworms. There are many species of these beetles and Chubby Mealworms bring you one of these in a convenient package - so you can get out there to garden!