*Warning – I am no expert on worm farming – We are just “giving this a go”, so there’ll be lots of trial and error involved*
Worm farms are wonderful. 1. because food waste doesn’t end up in landfill (it actually makes up 30% of all landfill which is hideously wasteful but that’s a story for another day) and 2. because the worms will reward you by providing free natures’ best fertiliser for you. This makes you a bit like Captain Planet.
While I sell a few different worm farm set ups in the shop, we wanted to give the DIY option a go. Here’s how we did it…
Step 1. We drilled holes in a bucket.
Step 2. Put the bucket in the garden.
Step 3. Put bedding, *yes bedding* in the bucket. I used torn up paper/cardboard but we sell coir blocks in the shop if you want to be fancy (about $3 a block). We tipped in some coffee grounds and scraps and put our “makeshift” lid on top. We’ll get round to getting a proper lid at some point – we’re just focussed on it being dark in there – and also no vermin getting in.
Step 4: Put your worm family in their new home. We flicked in a few worms from around our garden, but to speed up the process we’ll be buying some more worms from the Western Community Centre… (it’s $15 for an icecream container). We’ll keep you posted on when we bring them home.
Step 5. We wait. One day, the worms will be like a machine… eating our food scraps to keep them from landfill, and with the added bonus of fertilising our garden directly. The beauty of this particular in-ground set up is that it will help the area directly around the worm farm (which is smack bang in the middle of our vege garden)- and we won’t have to do the work like you do with the layer systems.
We’ve had varying luck with growing veges in the past, but with a change in diet, we definitely need to be growing more and regular crops to feed ourselves for less. Something that has never really worked in the garden is cauli’s and broccoli’s which I really like – so I’ll be focussed on them. They usually get eaten by something… we don’t use slug bait, or anything nasty… I guess that means we’re organic. 🙂
*****Update. It’s been a few days since we set the home up – we still have to get our worm family – but the ones in there seem fine – I’ve been keeping it damp – but haven’t fed them since. I took out a few handfuls of “stuff” too – I felt there was too much in there for them *****
Did you know about 30% of the food produced in the world is sent to waste?
Did you know that matter, biodegradable or not, which is buried in a black plastic bag does not have the conditions to break down. It will never go anywhere.
Did you know worms not only create a by-product (pee/poo) which is rich nutrients that help garden plants grow and stay healthy?
Did you know worms create tunnels, which help get air and water to your plants.