What could be more simple than using one of The Earth’s natural systems to keep nutrients circulating.
Here is a step-by-step guide to simple effective worm farming.
1.There are many different styles of worm farms on the market. Simplicity and practicality are important. Also consider the needs of capacity, space and climate. We recommend SWAG Worm Farms as the best design. Find an appropriate worm farm or do some research and create your own. Make sure you can collect the liquid produced by the worms as this is precious.
2. Find a shady location as worms do not tolerate rapid temperature change (beware of black plastic worm farms in the sun).
3. Purchase worms from a supplier such as us, who can provide ongoing support and information.
4. Provide a bedding material for your worms that holds moisture well and provides a good food source. Hammer milled paper, worm castings and aged cow manure are all appropriate.
5. Moisten bedding material thoroughly and place a layer in the farm.
6. Add worms. More is better to encourage breeding and rapid population increase.
7. Feed your worms sparingly in the early stages. Do not stack with food. There should never be more than 4cm of uneaten food in the farm.
8. Use agricultural lime occasionally. You are attempting to keep a neutral ph environment for your worms. Most fruits and vegetables are slightly acidic. Lime is good for worms and for plants and is a benefit in your final products.
9. Never feed your worm farm onions, citrus, high-carb foods such as bread (causes bloat), meats or dairy (attracts flies).
10. Use your products in a way that maximises their value by digging in castings or covering them with mulch or applying diluted liquid in the evenings or early morning.
Happy worm farming! Contact us if you have any questions.