Beginning worm farming is not too complicated all you need is a passion for recycling and some trivia about worms. So here’s a bit of worm trivia that could help motivate and inspire you with your worm farming. How much do worms eat? Well, mature worms that can eat up or over three times their own body weight every day and for those that are just starting in the world of worms and would enjoy knowing how make worms eat more and be a lot more productive.
The answer is easy – shred, mash or blend food scraps as these will give added digestibility and are easily consumed by the worms. You also need to maintain their bed temperature at around 23-25 degrees Celsius, since it is at these temperatures that worms feel their best. But don’t feed your worms foods high in acid content since it messes up the worms’ digestive system. These are some things you do want to feed your worms, manure, onions, citrus fruits or peelings, garlic, garden waste sprayed with insecticides, dairy products like milk and cheese or meat.
Keeping the farm moist will heighten the production of liquid fertilizer, but take care not to add too much water in the farm or the worms will drown. Keep in mind that food wastes are actually eighty percent water content and that is released as the worms break it down. So if you pour water on top of the worm farm every couple of weeks, make sure that you add just enough water to be sure that the worm bed remains damp and cool, and you will have a constant supply of liquid fertilizer.
You will not be able to harvest the worms because they regulate themselves within any given or available space and the amount of food given to them. Here are some other questions that you may end up asking.
Why do worms like to gather around the lid when it is raining? It is a normal response for the worms to behave like this during rainy seasons to avoid getting drowned. Just take the farm containers to an area where it’s not exposed to very much rain and replace the worms back on their bedding.
Why don’t the worms just relocate to the upper level of the tray? It may be because you having added some new food before the worms got to complete the last batch. Worms have an instinct to consume leftover food and won’t seek out for a new food source until it consumes what they already had. Therefore, before adding additional trays, halt the feeding of the worms for around five days to ensure all existing food has been consumed and make certain the level of castings at the tray needs to be placed high enough for the worms to simply pass up to the next tray.
Do worms have the ability withstand high temperatures? Worms can withstand temperatures up to thirty degrees Celsius. So if temperatures gets higher than the worms are able to withstand relocate the farm to a shady cool place where it can regulate the moisture and humidity of the worm boxes. In especially cold environments make sure to cover the box with rags blankets and wool shavings to keep the temperature up. It’s also a good idea to feed the worms at least a quarter more than you’re supposed to since more food digested on the worms part gives way for more heat being generated in their bodies. So pay attention to these ideas and you can be on your way to creating an awesome worm farm.
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