The brown exterior shell of the clam-like thing. See the three white squigly lines? Those are baby wormies.The brown exterior shell of the clam-like thing. See the three white squigly lines? Those are baby wormies.
Shell cracked open and meaty inside removedShell cracked open and meaty inside removed
  • The brown exterior shell of the clam-like thing. See the three white squigly lines? Those are baby wormies.
  • Shell cracked open and meaty inside removed

Now that my half marathon training is over, I have a little bit more time to devote to the urban homestead. The worms have been sitting quietly for months, but they needed to be tended to and were first on my priority list.

Happily, the worms had migrated out of two trays, leaving finished castings behind. This meant that I was able to harvest the castings from the two trays and use them to fertilize part of the garden.

In the process of scooping the castings out and tossing them on the garden, I found something. Something that scared me.

It looked like a clam. It had a definite shell. A few brave worms had started to make their way inside, but for the most part it was untouched. And… was there something inside? It freaked me out so much I couldn’t stand to have it in my hands anymore. What if it really was a clam? How did a clam get in my worm bin??

My curiosity got the best of me and I picked it up again. I cracked open the shell and inside was – well, something that looked like the meaty inside of a clam. WHAT IS A CLAM DOING IN MY WORM BIN?!

I broke the meaty inside in half. It looked…meaty. Like the meaty inside of a roasted chestnut.

I scoured my brain for a memory of something weird I had put in the worm bin months before that might have become disfigured in the decomposition process and ended up looking like a clam. I came up blank.

I went back to spreading castings on the garden and – what. What is this. ANOTHER one?! I found two more clams. Both exactly the same. Shell, meaty inside. What an incredibly weird mystery.

Later on I rinsed them off in the sink, thinking that maybe the castings were hiding the clams’ true identity. No luck. Underneath the brown castings was just brown clam.

I am seriously stymied and seriously weirded out. The most seemingly reasonable explanation is that I put three woody clams in our worm bin. But this is preposterous. Could something have possibly GROWN into a clam in my worm bin? I have had things sprout in there: seeds, carrots, lettuce. But no clams, until now.

Help, Dear Readers! What are these aliens in my worm bin?

4 Responses to “Aliens in my worm bin”

  1. What Pigs Don't Know
    22 December 2010 at 8:43 am #

    Mango shell. Almost positive. -Carrie

  2. CoMo Homestead
    22 December 2010 at 9:12 am #

    ….AHHHHHHH!!!! I think you’re right!!! I’ve never gotten down to the inside of them. That makes so much sense! You are awesome! Thank you! :)

  3. Dina
    27 July 2012 at 12:17 am #

    THANK YOU!! I was harvesting my bin tonight and found the same thing. I thought maybe in was in the manure that I had added to the bin.

  4. CoMo Homestead
    27 July 2012 at 8:39 am #

    How funny! Glad you got it figured out!


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