One of the first things I did once we decided to commit to setting stakes in Atlanta was to start a worm farm.
In Los Angeles, when I was up to my neck in "urban farming" and "vertical farming", vermicomposting was an integral part of my system.
However raising earthworms doesn't factor in so well with the nomadic lifestyle.
But now that we're "settled", I can have my worms again.
I went online to get my worm farm from where I've got them before to The Worm Dude and lo and behold, he no longer sells the plastic multi-tiered bins that I've grown accustomed to.
He now specializes in the Worm Inn, which definitely intrigued me, but I wanted the comfort of the tried and true Worm Factory that I'd successfully used in the based. Honestly there was something a little intimidating about the Worm Dudes fabric contraption.
I ordered one anyway.
My plan was to get the Worm Factory up and running and then try out this fancy ground breaking Worm Inn
Somewhere along the line, I got involved with a community garden project.
The last average day of frost here in Atlanta is mid-April as opposed to back in Los Angeles where I grew up gardening with a last day of frost being rare.
With that in mind, I opted to get a bunch of seedlings going in the warmth and comfort of our apartment.
And why not combine the seed starter with the Worm Inn?
February 14 near Atlanta, GA
goal of the day; finish the Worm Inn/seed starter tower
This had been my goal for a couple weeks, but because of all the other things going on, it hadn't been a big priority.
That is until I found out I would be working on location in New Orleans for the next several months.
Suddenly with time constraints, a fire was lit.
I had envisioned in my mind what this contraption was going to look like and how it would work.
I had seen seed starters similar to what I had in mind on the internet and they were ridiculously overpriced.
A trip down to the local hydroponics store made what I'd seen on the intertubes look downright affordable.
I did end up purchasing some heating mats from Atlantis Hydroponics, which is a pretty awesome store, in spite of the expense. They have top of the line equipment and having researched this in the past when I was seriously looking into aquaponics, their prices were competitive.
But for what I had in mind, that is just getting some seeds started, I could get by with materials from Home Depot and Lowes.
A Very Bad Idea
I wanted my tower to blend in as best as it could. So white PVC just wasn't going to happen.
A nice forest green, to go with the color of the Worm Inn.
I bought a little can of spray paint which I gave to Skye to take care of while I was busy building a massive compost mound known as a Hugelkultur.
By the way, we were doing this outside at the community garden I mentioned before.
The little can barely made a dent.
On the way home I got a couple larger cans as well as drop cloths and latex gloves.
I was determined to be more prepared next time.
And then Atlanta got hit with an Ice Storm and it looked like I wouldn't be able to get back to the farm or for that matter anywhere for a few days.
So I decided to basically make a spray booth in our apartment.
In spite of my strategic placement of drop clothes which included a complex clamping to bookcases and door jams, I managed to coat practically every surface in our living room with a fine layer of beautiful forest green.
For the next several hours, I was on my hands and knees scrubbing and cleaning.
A 5 days later and many more hours of cleaning and we are still finding residue of my very bad idea.
Yesterday, after agonizing over little details and getting everything just right and countless trips to Home Depot and Lowes, I finished the Worm Inn/Seed Starter Tower.
Now I just have to add worms and figure out which seeds to plant.
On to more adventures in Apartment Farming.
While I was acting out my best Caractacus Pott,
we had two "greenhouses" full of seeds that we planted the week before in dire need of sunlight or at least some indoor lights in a closer spectrum to our closest star.
There was some "extra" space in Skye's bathroom closet that I appropriated.
The adventures in home-schooling and "apartment farming" will continue.