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Workshop notes on worm farms

13 August, 2011

As promised, here’re my notes on worm farms and farming taken from a recent workshop provided free by the Brisbane City Council and hosted by the Inspiration Garden at Morningside. Thanks to the delightful Deana (sic?) for the tips. I’m still not sure if I’m going to try my hand at worm farming, but just in case I do one day, at least the notes will be here in perpetuity (or whatever passes for perpetuity on the web).

For more information, check out Deana’s BCC brochure on the topic.

Worm farms need much less interaction than compost bins.

Acquiring worms

The “Can-O-Worms” brand of worm farm comes with a very useful 16-page instruction booklet!

Buy worms locally – you get a better survival rate, i.e. don’t buy them through the post.

Start with a minimum of 500 worms (or 2 good-sized handfuls of worms from a friend).

Setting up

Worms need a damp environment.  Use the cardboard packaging from the new worm farm as the floor of the top tray. Then add on top of it coconut-fibre bedding or shredded newspaper. Then layers of wet newspaper as the roof – you lift the side of the roof to put in feed.

Keep worm farms in the shade.

Usually you only need 2 trays at most in your farm.

Feeding the worms

Don’t feed worms citrus, potato peelings, onions or garlic – too acidic and/or starchy.

Chop the food up so that the pieces have more surfaces for bacteria to grow on – that’s what the worms eat.

When going on holidays, stock the worms up with lots of food, to the top of the tray, in fact. And leave the tap at the bottom of the farm open, so the worms don’t drown.

Worm tea

Comes out of the tap at the bottom of the worm farm. Use it as plant food in your gardens and pots.

Use it diluted – 1 part worm tea to 10 parts water.

Other tips

Farm worms are NOT suitable for gardens and vice versa.

Add very small amounts of lime to the tray if conditions get too acidic, which worms don’t like.

To keep ants out of the trays, rub vaseline around the farm’s legs.

And that’s all, folks. There. Now that wasn’t so bad, was it?