In my other life as a designer I’m involved in a project involving Alchemy as a symbol. This got me thinking as I was looking at the little – er, increasingly massive – pile of eggshells and tea bags I’d set aside to add to my worm composter. (The city isn’t getting this good stuff, no way!)
The chief thing an alchemist needs to do when mixing potions is to Pulverize: to mash things down to their smallest bits, the better to incorporate into something better, possibly gold. Seeing as compost, especially worm compost, often falls under the heading of Black Gold (hands up anyone who didn’t immediately think: Texas Tea). I thought: ” That pile is getting kind of large. Time to feed the worms. But how can I quickly pulverize those egg shells, without making a mess, the way I usually do?”. My usual method is to grab egg shells, squish in bare hands, and, while balancing shell mess in one hand, toss into worm composter, usually getting shells on the floor as I hold onto the icky lid with the other hand.
Sometimes the simplest ideas work best. Today I hit on the idea of grabbing a sandwich baggie and tossing the egg shells in, then squishing by hand. It works great, you can really mash them up quite small. Plus pulverizing the shells like this almost has the satisfying feel you get popping bubble wrap. It’s even better, because you are doing something positive for your garden, instead of merely having the simple, yet fun, wanton destruction of popping bubble wrap. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)
The baggie keeps everything neat and tidy while you squish; it makes, squishing easier, and it’s easy to walk over to the bin, lift the lid and sprinkle the contents inside without getting shells on the floor.
Anyway, do something for yourself and your worms, and be an Vermicompost Alchemist. Go forth and Pulverize!