Working your worm farm
In this article, I am going to share some information on how to make a worm farm and I will share some tips to get you started. I had a worm farm for around 15 years and it did a wonderful job.
So let’s get into this!
What you will need
The 1st thing you will need is a worm bin and there are all sorts you can buy.
If you want to collect the leachate from the worms, your worm farm will need a collection base, having this is very beneficial. I will go to this in more depth soon.
There are some worm bins I would recommend you take a look at before you decide which one you want to buy, via Amazon.
You will also need to purchase some tiger worms as this type of worm is the one you want for your worm farm.
Earthworms aerate the soil in your garden; however, tiger worms have a specific job. I will tell you more soon.
Tigers worms- what is their job?
Tiger worms are stripy which is how they got their name and they are exactly what you need for your worm bin.
Their job is to break down the kitchen waste and cow manure if you have any of that nearby. They turn it into vermicast which is a soil type mix that you can use to grow seedlings or use as a potting mix. It is very gentle on young seedlings and will not burn them which is a bonus as this will save you money.
The leachate or worm wees as it is referred to drains into the bottom of the worm bin and has to be diluted considerably because this product is highly concentrated and will burn your plants so be careful.
Better to dilute a lot as it will still do a great job as a fertilizer.
When you are ready to buy your worms, you can search online and got ahead and buy them. They will most likely be delivered in a tube which allows you to release the worms into your bin easily.
NEVER touch your worms, as the salt from your skin will kill them.
Feeding your worms
When you buy your bin, it may come with a small amount of soil substance to be placed in your bin before you add the worms. If not, do a bit of research and buy the right mix needed.
Ok, now it’s time to feed your worms.
They really love
· Vege scraps except for onions and citrus
· Cow manure
· The contents of your vacuum cleaner
· Dog hair, human hair
· Water – Do not let the bin get too dry or too wet. Worms need water too.
Be sure not to over-feed your worms and the way to tell if you have is you will notice a smell and this is because the food is rotting not being broken down by the worms. Over time you will know how much to give them.
Aerating and cleaning
When you see the 1st bin is getting full of vermicast you will want to add a new working bin unless it is already built into the bin. Start feeding the new bin and the worms will make their way up into that new bin. This is when you can use the 1st bin for your seedlings and plants.
Also, you need to check the leachate in the bottom of the bin as it will need to be bottled into old containers ready for dilution. You may want to sell some to local growers if you have a lot.
You also need to move the vermicast in the 1st bin around while the worms are working to aerate it as this really helps them.
Remember, DO NOT TOUCH the worms.
I also use surgical gloves when working closely with the worms just to be safe.
Yes, your worms will mate and make worms. You will have a lot of worms if you look after your worm farm.
You can tell if a worm is pregnant as you will see a bubble about half way along the worm. This is great because you will lose worms who leave home and this will help keep your numbers up.
I have found the numbers go up and down and I guess this is nature doing her thing.
And finally, if you have a compost bin in your yard, NEVER place your worm bin near the compost bin as all your worms will head straight to it and you will find it difficult to get them back into the worm bin. I know this for a fact as it happened to me when I first started my new worm farm and I was gutted, to say the least. So I hope this helps you avoid this.
If you have any questions please email email@example.com as I am here to help.
Enjoy keeping it green