December 23, 2013
Worm farms for fun and for the planet
Why on earth would you want a worm farm? Well, some people think that worm farms might just save the earth. Worms are great for our environment because they naturally fertilize the earth. The problem is that worms are now fast disappearing from the earth because of farmers using lots of chemicals in order to make their plants grow bigger. The chemicals are killing the worms that would make their plants grow bigger naturally.
A worm farm is an efficient way to recycle your organic waste. Worms will eat the waste and turn it into great fertilizer for your garden. So don’t throw away those leftover vegetables, put them into the worm compost so that you can grow bigger and better vegetables yourself with the fertilizer that the worms make.
Worm composting doesn’t necessarily require you to have a worm farm, but eventually you will begin to move the worms into the garden from the compost and you will need more. That’s where a worm farm comes in. You won’t ever run out of compost worms.
Worm farming as a hobby is very inexpensive compared to many other hobbies. The initial kit, worms and worm food are the only things you should ever have to buy. The worms reproduce so if you are farming correctly you should never have to buy another worm for your worm farm. You might want to eventually upgrade to a larger worm farm, but the expense is still a lot less than many other hobbies.
You can find worm farms at plenty of hardware shops and garden centres, but you can also get worm farms on the internet from people who specialize in environmental products or who specialize in worm farming, such as Worms Down Under. You can order from anywhere in Australia and they can send you the starter kit with all the instructions.
Many people buy worm farms to add to their garden, however unless your garden is well mulched and kept moist, your worms will probably not survive. Worms may be added to compost heaps if they are well watered, and tuned. Also be aware that your heap may heat up considerably when composting certain materials such as grass clippings.
Essentially, worms will do best on a balanced diet, kitchen scraps, grass clippings, wet card-board, newspaper, and they don’t like onions, citrus fruit or garlic. Meat and bread doesn’t tend to go down too well and typically sits uneaten and very smelly. You will need to water the bedding to keep it moist. In winter, you may not require as much water as in summer. To encourage the worms to move up to the surface, cover the bedding with a damp sack or old carpet and try and aerate the bedding at least once a week.