It’s that transitional time of the year…school is starting, football is coming, and the temperatures (much to our dismay) are fighting to stick to summer. This puts a kibosh on best laid plans, but you gotta roll with the punches.
1) Shipping Worms: 100 degrees and high humidity is not a great opportunity to ship worms. Best case, the worms would get to your house in less than 24 hours, in air-conditioning all the way, and be handed to you early morning by a cute Postal Employee. More likely scenario: Worms get shuffled and squashed under heavy boxes in the un-air-conditioned postal van and forgotten until last drop of the day. At this point, they would no longer be worms. Dripping from the box would be a disgusting soup that looks just like the dead vampire goo on True Blood and smells like it comes from the 9th level of Hell. Unfortunately, for me and a box of worms that got returned (address unknown) to us, I know this personally. I don’t want to do that to you, your postman, or the worms. It’s bad, really bad. Please understand and don’t be mad when we suggest that it would be better to wait a few weeks before shipping.
Until it cools down a bit, we are actually in a state of suspended animation at the Worm Ranch. In an effort to conserve on the electric bill, we have the thermostat at 85 degrees. Worms can survive at this temperature. However, it doesn’t matter how much Barry White we play on the stereo…these worms just aren’t in the mood for procreation. As I overheard one worm say to another, “Hermie, don’t even think about touching me in this heat!”. So, until it cools a bit, we have enough worms to keep us at a good number for producing castings, but they aren’t laying cocoons so we can sell them to you. As soon as the temps dip just a little bit, we should have a population explosion and have plenty of worms. Until then, hope you can understand they just aren’t in the mood.
Gardens: 100 degree heat is great for Okra, Southern Peas and Basil. When I come home from the gardens, beaming at our bounty, I’m met with the welcome, “Really, more okra!?”. It’s just too hot to plant those broccoli and other Fall crops and expect them to survive. I can hardly handle the heat and humidity to manage basic garden chores, myself. Not sure if the gardens or I are soaked more after I water them.
Soon, we’ll be enjoying cooler temps, pumpkin pie and wishing for Spring…until then, please have a little patience. Fall Gardening and Worm Keeping is really great (they love pumpkins!) and worth the wait.