Bear with me, this is one of those gross topics that Witches understand. Not because Witches are gross, but because we understand processes. We know the end result often requires dirty work and we just do what needs to be done to reach a certain goal. Witches are very good at understanding, and doing, what needs to be done. That's one of the many reasons we are feared.
I love worms. Worms are a sign of a very healthy eco-system. Worms make the soil rich. Worms turn waste into fertility. There is never just one worm, there is always a squirming mess of them, thus worms are all about abundance. Worms are also good luck because they create opportunity. Cut a worm in half and you get two worms. Worms carry both genders within themselves and therefor can mate with any other worm of the same species. They don't need to search for mates, they just happily exist together. To work with worms is to work earth magick, prosperity, good fortune, and community.
I've tried a few times before to start worm bins. I've never been successful, mainly because I didn't pay enough attention. The first time, I was under the mistaken impression that I didn't have to do anything at all. I just put some worms in a bucket of dirt. I didn't feed them. I left the bucket out in the winter chill. And when I dug around in the dirt, I didn't find anything.
The next time, my bin was too hot, too dry, and I still didn't feed them. The third time, I found lots of bugs- ants and beetles and things I've never seen. I've since learned this is normal, especially if the bin is outside sitting on the ground and the main food is compost. Everyone says raising worms is easy, but that's not exactly true because worms are living creatures and living creatures tend to be rather complex.
My Lammas ritual- to start a worm bin. The purpose of said worm bin would be to recycle kitchen waste and to improve my garden and potted plants. Perhaps, maybe, to use the worms as fish bait.
I sat on the grass, ground and centered, then said aloud my intent. I got a vague mmmm, maybe response because the land already knows I am not good with the worm thing. Within seconds, I had sugar ants crawling all over my hands. I am taking that to mean that if I screw up yet again, the ants will eat whatever the worms didn't get.
I went to Hobby Lobby on the same morning I made the worm bin.