We had a real treat this morning when L suggested we visit the wormery in Sentosa. It has a million earthworms. I’m imagining a swamp area with mud, earthworms size of your finger spitting out worm casting.
The reason for his interest is that we once put worm castings intp a bauhinia. It flowered. Since then its stopped. Apparently worm castings contain a growth enzyme. Since we had limited supply of such worm castings, we couldn’t get the bauhinia to flower.
To my pleasant surprise, the wormery was in a quaint Tropical style hotel with a tall man-made waterfall cascading into a swimming pool filled with spring water. Water contains no chlorine but is cleaned with ionised salt. The Siloso Beach Resort at Sentosa.
Earthworms live in a controlled environment. Even though its fed with fruit and vegetable scrap, there’s no bad odor in the room as the earthworms feed on the bacteria. They’re kept on a dry modular system such that if one box were contaminated, it can be removed and not infect the rest. The room is ventilated with two fans and insulated from the heat.
Earthworms (Malaysian blue) are fed with organic molasses and vegetables/fruit scraps from the hotel kitchen. Primarily the hotel started the idea of earthworms to help get rid of kitchen waste. Meat and oil of course cannot be used. Soil is mixed with eggshell to maintain the alkalinity of the soil. Over time, the worms feed on the food scraps and some cardboard and give out worm castings. It’s the castings which are nutritious for fertilizing the soil.
Earthworms are very fertile. They only need to gently touch one another in order to reproduce eggs. L joked that earthworms are also very nutritious. Perhaps the hotel may want to serve house specialty burger made of minced earthworms.
Next blog – the organic garden on the hotel roof top.