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.

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:

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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 add a bit of water to the farm to make them move on)
  • the odd cockroach
  • the odd slater

Enjoy,

PK

Related Links:
  • see more worm posts here
  • see more GoodCritters posts here
  • see more soil improvement posts here

 

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