PK’s Worm Farms

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.

All of these scraps would normally have gone in the kitchen bin and I don’t need to buy Seasol (although I still think it is an amazing product) anymore so win-win. 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, vegetable scraps, 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:

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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:

  • onions
  • citrus
  • meat
  • dairy
  • oil

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 might add a bit of water)
  • the odd cockroach (I haven’t seen any yet but I would not worry)
  • the odd slater

Cheers,

PK

You can see my other worm posts here.

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