Monday, February 02, 2009


The kids built a multi-layered home for our newest family members. Now, these are not really pets. Think more like in the old days, when animals had to work for a living. These babies are in charge of soil enrichment. We started with about 100 or so, and within three months, we hope they'll be doing big business in compost.

Zion adores them, and says, they are "sooooo cuuuute!" Sarah's already been transplanting some of them into other experiements, like her new "biosphere in a jar" sitting on the kitchen counter. I have to make sure David doesn't pitch it, because it looks more like a "mud in a jar get me off your counter quick before it's contaminated" science project.


Anonymous said...

Well, what are they?

Heidi Mehltretter said...

Two words. First rhymes with "dearth" second with "germs." And, you likely dissected one in school. Not that my kids would dream of doing that!

Anonymous said...

Love the concentration! Hope you get a good crop, they are the best for the garden. The old-fashioned way to raise them was to use wet shredded newspapers in an old wringer washer tub. The fishermen back then had enough to use and to sell. Don't imagine their wives appreciated that use for their washing machines!