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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Wigglyville

As a professional fisherman, I have lots of tricks up my sleeve!  All of the cutting edge gizmos and gadgets.  My tackle box full of all the "bells and whistles" of fishing. 



Okay, who am I kidding?!  I'm old fashion. 



Here is my checklist of items I need to go fishing:
1)  Fishing pole-closed reel since I'm not smart enough to use anything else.  (I do just fine even with the kid's Barbie pole; I secretly like it better than my new pole)
2)  Bobber-I like the plain red/white kind and in the medium size...not too big and not too small
3)  Cold Drink
4)  Sun Glasses
5)  Towel...maybe used to sit on and maybe wipe hand on. 
6)  Pliers...if I can find them
7)  ..........AND WORMS!   Plain ol' good worms.  Real ones!  Not smelly fake ones...not a lure, not anything else...just a plain fishing worms.  

One downfall of being a worm/bobber kind of fisherman, your bait doesn't wait for you in the tackle box.  So we thought it might be fun to start a worm bed.

After some "research" on the internet and using what we had on hand, we decided to wing it!  List of criteria:  Low maintenance, easy setup, self producing and out of the way

So we started with a blue plastic 55 gallon drum flipped upside down.  Cut a square in it to create a door for the worms.  Drilled holes in the lid to let rain in.   Added a handle for ease of opening.  And added metal straps inside to have a lip for the lid to sit on.       

On the bottom (not shown), we covered any openings with mesh screen and used zip ties to secure it for water drainage but no worms can get out. 

Then it was time to set the worm house in the ground.  We named our worm house, "Wigglyville"   We do everything with tractors but this heavy machinery isn't an essential tool to build your worm house. 

 Next step was to level the ground out.  Grandpa and his helpers did a great job! 

 
 Prepare dirt:  We used a mixture of humus, top soil, manure and paper shreds.   
 
Last step...Add worms.  We ordered Red Wigglers mostly because it was fun to say!  And boy do they live up to their name!  And add a little house warming present of beer.  ;)



Add veggie peels and scraps...pretty much everything except meat (otherwise you'll have a critter problem). 

Three months later we noticed babies and I think it was 6 months later we could start using them. 

Whether you catch the big ones (Grandpa Randy's) or little ones (like mine) hope you can enjoy your fishing with your home grown worms!  



Amanda