OK, so I am bordering on the obsessive about my composting worms and the Tumbleweed 2 Tier Can-O-Worms Composter (from Bunnings) I got myself for Christmas 2015. What is not to love about these little guys though? They eat half their body weight (less in winter I am told) of vegetable scraps per day and make nutrient rich (and pH neutral) solid and liquid fertilisers (worm tea) as a result.
When you have enough worm poo, see my worm farm tray change guide here.
All of these scraps would normally have gone in the kitchen bin. Already I can see the difference the application of the worm fertiliser is making in my vegetable beds and seedling trays.
Don’t forget to dilute the worm tea. I don’t use any particular ratio, I just add some to my 9L watering can and fill the rest up with water. You will get surprisingly large quantities of worm tea!
When my wife is not looking I blend their food, as I am trying to get any new farm up to speed quicker than the 6 months it might normally take. The featured image for this post shows how many adult worms there are already in one large handful of the bedding material. I am using Coir as a a starting bedding medium in the lower tray by the way. Coir is a great soil-improver just by itself and I don’t have to worry about the additives and transport costs involved in store bought potting mixes.
Secret blending activities:
What goes into my worm farms:
- raw and cooked vegetable scraps and leftovers
- scrapings off our plates (avoiding meat and dairy)
- teabags and coffee grounds
- the odd small bone
What doesn’t go into my worm farms:
What do I see in my worm farms without worrying:
- fat worms
- baby worms galore
- little pellets of worm waste
- fine white mould
- tiny flies
- ants (I add a bit of water to the farm to make them move on)
- the odd cockroach
- the odd slater