The Litlte Dudes New Pet – Wormie Lee Smokey

The other day my youngest and I were getting some much needed outdoor air and play time when we happened upon a huge worm; I believe it’s a night crawler but who am I to distinguish which worms are what. The only thing I knew is that this was one large worm.

How to Raise a Worm

My five year old son quickly went to grab a container for his worm friend. I assumed this would be like any other outdoor thing we find; he places it in a container, walks around with it for a while but then we let it go or it dies. Boy was I wrong!

Boy Raises Worm

My son took that worm and it’s container out back with a shovel to dig some dirt; after all this worm needed dirt. Next thing I know my son is saying how this is his new pet and wants to know what worms eat so he can take good care of it. That’s when I, being the good Mama I am, Googled “what do worms eat”. We found out that worms eat a variety of things; mostly organic items from cardboard to egg shells as well as vegetable and fruit peels. Worms basically eat anything up that can be digested into the ground; such as dead leaves. My son was so excited because we have a lot of dead leaves in our yard.

Worm Home

Once the worm had his own home all set up and ready to be my son’s pet; he decided this worm must have a name. All pets have a name. The worm was then dubbed Wormie Lee Smokey. The name stuck and in order to ensure everyone on the planet knew this worms name, he had it written on a piece of tape and taped to the cover of Wormie’s home.

Wormie proceeded to go to the playground and had a blast sliding down the slide with my son and alone. My son exclaimed “Wormie loves sliding!”  Wormie ran all around with my son at the playground as if this worm was indeed his best friend and pet that follows him everywhere. Then it happened, my son’s Dad arrived to pick up the boys.

Yes. You got it! Wormie Lee Smokey went to sleep for the weekend with my sons at their Dads house. After all, this is his pet and he must take good care of it. After the weekend sleep over, Wormie returned to our home and here he sits in his home container, in a dark area away from too much moisture to be my son’s forever {until Wormie dies} pet.

The good news? It’s easy to replace a worm!

Looking After Your Lawn In Winter

After the final harvest, it feels like it’s time for your
garden to fall asleep. Many gardeners will be turning their attention to the
indoor plants and making sure they pull through winter. Big mistake. Keep one
eye on your lawn as the days get colder, because your job’s not done yet!
Here’s how to look after your garden during winter.

Plant Your Perennials

As other people hit the shops to buy Christmas prezzies,
you’ll be driving to your local gardening centre. Here you can get your
perennials on clearance. They might look a little hard-done-by at this time of
year, but they’re perfectly fine. Plant them in the autumn, so you can enjoy
them all year around, without the extra cost.

Clean Up The Veggie
Patch

Dragging up your annual vegetable plants is unnecessary;
just chop the plants off a couple of inches above the soil line. Compost the
excess and leave the roots in the ground. Not only does this prevent erosion,
but it keeps the nutrients in your soil.

Mulch It!

Give your garden a once-over and cover it in mulch. As it
decomposes, it’ll transfer much-needed nutrients back into your soil and
protects your perennials from harsh winter weather.

Wherever you walk, you’ll notice that everything is covered
with leaves at this time of year. Collecting leaves and keeping them in bags to
compost for a year provides you with fantastic mulch for the next winter.

Protect Your
Equipment

A gardener is nothing without his or her tools. Hoses and
watering cans should be drained and stored because the H20 will freeze when
temperatures plummet, causing damage. Give your equipment a good clean and make
any repairs that you’ve been putting off, so you’re fully prepared for the
spring.

Rescue Plants

Bringing your plants indoors is lovely – it’s like your
house is just an extension of your garden and the foliage really brings life to
your rooms. Hot pepper plants are great for windowsills and spice up warming
winter dishes. Thyme is also an edible plant that will survive the chilly weather
if you let it inside.

Reflect

This is the best time of year to start thinking about next
year’s garden. Start drawing up plans for the future and reflect on what didn’t
work previously. Greenthumb lawn care service is
a great place to start for some advice on how to better look after your garden
in the future. If you’re really enthusiastic, you can buy your seeds now and
start growing them indoors.

Weeding

Just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean you can get lax on
weeding. While the soil is warm enough, these blighters will keep growing.
Until we hit our first real frost, you’re going to have to keep fighting on the
front lines with your weeding routine.

Look After Your
Compost

Heaping up your compost now doesn’t mean that you’re going
to be blessed with lovely, crumbly compost come spring. Keep turning your
mounds over once a month to get high quality fertiliser. This ensures that the
compost breaks down evenly, as every pile spends some time in the middle, where
the mound is hottest.

Blog post written for Greenthumb by Jamie Knop.

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