I've been "worm farming" since a friend gave me a small handful of worms from his farm and I set up a worm farm purchased from Aldi. The worm farm has two trays and a vessel underneath with a tap to catch all the worm juice. I started with the bottom tray empty and the worms were in the top tray with vege scraps, covered with their blanket and the lid. At first I didn't need to feed them much, just the occasional lettuce leaf, but they multiplied very quickly, and were soon ready to eat all our vege scraps. Finally I filled the top tray and swapped the trays, so I had the empty tray at the top again. When the top tray was full again, I needed to empty the compost from the bottom tray.
|the top tray (vege scraps and worms)|
|Compost in the bottom tray|
The compost can be spread on your garden, but I wanted to use it for seed-raising instead. It was a bit wet, so I let it dry out a little first.
|The compost ready to use after I picked out the worms|
When I first got the worm farm, I wasn't sure how it would fit into my compost system, but now I have plenty of worms, its working really well. Here's how I use all our vege scraps and green waste:
- vege scraps from the kitchen go to the worm farm
- excess green leafy veges from the garden go to the chickens
- weeds from the garden go into the compost
This way there is plenty to go around for everyone and I get lots of compost from the normal compost and from the worms. Its better putting the vege scraps in the worm farm than the compost as I used to find they went a bit smelly and it was hard to get the carbon/nitrogen ratio right. Fortunately the worms don't worry about these technical details!
There are lots of ways to make worm farms, both small and large, I hope we will make a large one eventually and I can feed the worms to the chickens and the aquaponic fish.
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