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Having A Worm Farm Is Wonderful

Often folks raise chickens while there are others who prefer livestock but if you want to help cultivate the soil and restore all of its lost nutrients then what you should do is build a worm farm yourself instead of buying one. The nice thing about creating your own worm farm is that the price isn’t that much. All you’ll need are 3 to 4 stacked bins or plastic bins, wood or some other light and waterproofed material, a few 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 have all these materials, it is time to build the worm farm by poking some holes in the lid as well as on the bottom. The number of holes depends largely on the size of the box but just remember that the holes should be evenly spaced to let oxygen and excess water pass through as well as worm waste, to drain out. The insect screen should then be placed at the bottom to keep the worms in.

Now that you have worked on the outside you’re ready to move on to the inside by filling the container with newspaper. It is best to put three quarters of it in the tube and dampen it with water before you put in the garden soil or potting mix in the grit this is done to be sure the worms eat the scraps you give them. Once everything is ready, this is the time to welcome the worms to their new abode. Some people might put in 1000 of these little creatures and as long as you make sure they’re content they will multiply and you’ll probably lose all count of how many are in there.

But now what are we supposed to do the other stuff? The last thing we need to do is actually place the other containers atop the first one.

If you are knowledgeable in the dietary habits of worms a few examples are coffee grounds or tea bags, crushed egg shells, fruit peel, hair clippings, spoiled biscuits and cakes, fine wood shavings, plate scrapings, moist cardboard, vacuum cleaner debris and vegetable waste. 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 watch how long it actually takes for them to finish it before putting in another one. Since the area is large it will also be nice to lay their food in different locations each time.

Check on your worms regularly so you can be certain that the shredded newspaper doesn’t dry out and in the event the paper needs changed make sure you replace it.

Naturally, poop will gather at the bottom though is also called vermicast and it helps plants grow. You can only get the vermicast without having the worms get out so it is best to open the container and let it sit under direct sunlight for a bit. Worms don’t like sunlight so they’ll look for cover and it will be easy for you to grab the vermicast and shut the lid

The worm farm is a great tool, and growing flowers, fruits or even veggies and all that’s required is a little willpower to get the assistance of these little animals.

The author shares his vast knowledge at Compost Worms Vancouver. The time has come to erase any doubts you may hold on the subject of Large Scale Worm Composting.