Counting the Omer – Feeding the Land, not the Landfill
Some words from Cary (and a video) on Worm Composting
For 20 years I had a worm bin, but I gave it away when I moved to my apartment. If I hadn’t found a good home, I probably wouldn’t have sold my house! There are many good videos on you tube, and one can buy worms and started kits at Wenke https://wenkegardencenter.com/worm-composting/. Commercial worm bins are very nice, or you can make your own from stackable plastic totes. Here are some tips from Cary:
- Check for a local source of red worms to get started. These are not the same as night crawlers or the worms used for fishing.
- Use shredded newspaper and shredded office paper for bedding. Make the bedding quite damp. Like the same as a wet kitchen sponge.
- After the worm bin matures the worms will multiply in number quickly. You could easily give several butter tubs of worms to friends every month so they can start their own bins.
- Don’t put banana peels, pineapples or citrus peels in the worm bin. They will bring in fruit flies.
- In Michigan the worm bin should be in a basement or heated garage.
Blessing for Day Twenty One
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָֽׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו, וְצִוָּֽנוּ עַל סְפִירַת הָעֹֽמֶר.
Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu melech ha-olam asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav vitzivanu al s’firat ha-omer.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, who makes us holy with mitzvot, and commands us concerning the counting of the Omer.
.הַיּוֹם אֶחָד וְעֶשְׂרִים יוֹם שֶׁהֵם שְׁלֹשָׁה שָׁבוּעוֹת לָעֹֽמֶר
Hayom echad v’esrim yom shehem sh’loshah shavuot la-omer.
Today is twenty-one days, which is three weeks of the Omer.