Wanted: Garbage-Eating Friends

chopping carrot

“A plague o’ both your houses! They have made worms’ meat of me.”
–Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet

I cut the nub off a carrot, and at the familiar thwack of my knife on the board, I thought again of my little departed friend.

“I miss Chewie,” I called to my husband in the other room.

My guinea pig would always squeak when I chopped vegetables because he knew some delicious scraps were coming his way.

For much of the year, I compost my vegetable scraps in my backyard, but in the winter I just throw them out. These treasures could be making black gold, but instead they’re just becoming garbage.

I have some new creatures on the way, though, to help me out in the basement. The benefits:

  1. I will have a new pet (actually many pets); while Chewie cannot be replaced, these new creatures will hopefully worm their way into my heart.
  2. I will have little critters to feed my vegetable scraps.
  3. Coffee grounds, egg shells, banana peels, tea bags, and newspaper: likewise.
  4. The black gold I glean will nourish my new basement herbs, also on the way (herbs of the basil and cilantro kind).
  5. I will add fresh herbs to my cooking repertoire, ‘cause don’t you hate buying a big bunch of parsley for the top of spaghetti, and throwing most of it away after it gets slimy in the fridge?
  6. I will get nutrient-rich water to use on my new plants.

All of this is to say, I’m excited that some new pets are headed to my house in a box. Have you figured out what they are?

Rhymes with Jed Jigglers. (Give up? Link)

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I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days, and writing my memoirs. I am a teacher and writer living in Connecticut.
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8 Responses to Wanted: Garbage-Eating Friends

  1. Not much of a composter, I admit. Those worms … not, I don’t think so. But I admire that you can deal with the little crawly guys.
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  2. Rae Hilhorst says:

    Would they be worms? Rae xxx

  3. Abby says:

    Aha! I was gonna guess worms! Mail-order worms? They should be good, very appreciative. We compost outside in some bins my husband made out of shipping pallets. Black gold, yay!

  4. Shannon says:

    I admire your environmental conscience, but I have to say “ewwwwww”. Worms have always bugged me for some reason. I don’t HURT them, but I like a lot of distance between the two of us outside. LOL. Couldn’t you just get another guinea pig? ;)
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