Creating Your Own Worm Farm

Often individuals raise chickens and others deal with livestock like cows and pigs but if you want to help the soil or restore its nutrients, then what you should do is build a worm farm yourself instead of buying it from the supply store. The best part about making a worm farm is that it doesn’t too high. The only things you’ll really need are 3 or 4 stackable bins or crates made of plastic, wood or some other light and water resistant material, some worms, and some insect screen to go on the bottom torn up newsprint, yard earth or potting compost, water and good bits of organic garbage.

When you finally have all of these it is time to build the worm farm by placing a number of holes in the lid and on the bottom. The amount of holes depends largely on the size of the box but you need to remember that this should be evenly spaced to allow oxygen to enter and excess water, and to let worm waste drain. The insect screen you picked up should be securely placed at the bottom to keep the worms in.

Now that you’ve made on the outside of the worm farm it’s time to go to the inside by filling the container with newspaper. It works out best if you put three quarters of this inside and dampen it with water before you add the garden solids or potting mix in the grit this is done to be sure that the worms eat the scraps you throw in. Once everything is ready, it is time for you to introduce the worms their brand new home. Some people throw in a thousand of these little creatures and as long as you make sure they’re content they will reproduce and more likely than not, you’ll lose count of their exact number.

But what about with the other bins or boxes? The last thing we need to do is to put the other containers over the first one.

If you have any idea what worms like to eat, a few examples of these include coffee grounds or tea bags, smashed egg shells, fruit peelings, hair, stale biscuits and cakes, fine wood shavings, plate scrapings, soaked cardboard, vacuum cleaner debris and vegetable scraps. So in other words, worms love leftovers but try not to put too much in since it is possible to overfeed them The best way to figure out what is enough is to put in a small amount at first and then observe how long it takes for them to finish eating that batch before putting in another one. Since the area is large it will also be nice to put their food in different spots each time.

Watch your worms constantly so you can be certain that the newspaper doesn’t dry out and if the old newspaper needs to be changed, make sure you replace it.

Naturally, worm poop will appear at the bottom of the box however this particular waste product is also called vermicast and vermicast helps plants grow. The only way you can get at the vermicast without letting the worms come out, so it is best to open the container and just leave it under the sunlight for a while. worms hate sunlight so they will naturally look for cover and you won’t have a hard time to pick up the poop and shut the lid.

Your worm farm is a helpful tool and will help you in growing flowers, fruits or even vegetables and all that’s required is a little willpower to get the assistance of these little creatures.

The author writes cool stuff. Get more of it at Worm composting

Related Blogs

For Regular Garden Maintenance or Garden Cleanups in the Upper Highway area from Westville and Pinetown to Kloof, Hillcrest and Assagy call Matt on 0847125129, email him on matt@gardenbarber.co.za or visit http://gardenbarber.co.za/1662/why-you-should-use-a-garden-service-contractor/. Specialists at Maintaining and Servicing Gardens in the Upper Highway area, Hillcrest, Gillitts, Kloof and Waterfall

Leave a Reply