I asked for a worm farm for Christmas four years ago and I have to say that it is one of the best presents I have ever had. They have grown in size and are very healthy and happy bunnies (haha).
They are one of the lowest maintenance pets you could ever wish to have. They take very little care but do so much good for the environment and they never ever complain!
A wormery is a great way to distribute your compost and garden waste and the liquid the worms produce which is commonly known as “worm wee” or “worm tea” (it is NOT fit for human consumption) is used to fertilise your indoor and outdoor plants and garden produce.
Why Use A Worm Farm?
Well, firstly the worms will produce an organic liquid made from your food waste. It contains no nasty chemicals and this will help to fertilise whatever you grown in your garden and indoor plants. The `worm wee` contains nitrogen which is a natural plant fertiliser, and also some bacteria and fungi to balance the PH levels in the soil.
The liquid needs to be diluted as it will be far too strong to use in its concentrated form. I like to dilute the worm wee by at least 10 parts water to 1 part worm liquid then add is to your soil to build up or compliment the nutrients and minerals. If watering in the garden, it is best to use a rose nozzle from your watering can to ensure even distribution. I also use it moderately on my indoor house plants too.
Worms Love To Eat
They are very partial to pumpkin, they cannot get enough of it. We also have a compost bin and we put the waste we use in the compost bin into the wormery as well. They also love damp paper (but not shiny paper) it keeps their little home nice and moist which they like. Other things to feed the worms on are:
- Tea bags
- Coffee grinds
- Raw vegetables
- Brown leaves
- Potato peelings
- Crushed egg shells (for PH balance).
*Some people advice to put in dust and vacuum bag dust if you wish.
Worms Do Not Like To Eat
- Raw or cooked meat and dairy food as could attract mice and rats.
- Citrus and acidic fruit,
- Shiny paper
- Fats, oils,
- Bread, pasta
- Spicy foods, onion, garlic. Leeks
Creating An Environment For Your Worms
Worms do not like the heat so a cool shaded area is ideal away from direct sunlight. They are definitely more comfortable is cooler areas.
What Kind Of Worms Do You Use
They are called Tiger Worms and can be bought from any garden centre, Mitre 10 or even from a farm- that is where we got ours (they are much cheaper).
Will They Over-Populate?
They never over populate and self regulate their numbers based upon their living conditions. How clever is that?
Looking After The Worm Farm Tiers
As you can see our farm has three tiers. You can have as many tiers as you wish, depending on how much composting your family produce. Basically the food goes into the top tier and the worms live in the middle bit. We put damp paper and some food in the middle bit for their comfort. The `wee` drains into the bottom tier which acts as a liquid receptacle. The worms crawl to the top level when they are hungry, so the top tier is just for putting the bulk food in. Once the food on the top layer looks depleted, swap the middle and top layer around so the worms are now in the middle, and place fresh food on the top layer. Keep this process up on a regular basis.
There is a tap at the bottom of the worm farm and this is to drain off the concentrated worm wee. It does smell a bit, but after four years you get used to it!
Worm Wee For Sale
We have an abundance of worm wee and I now sell it at my Health Centre, Health House on 119 Shakespeare Road, Milford if you would like to buy a bottle. Give it a go! You will not be disappointed. And because we only eat organic fruit and veg, the liquid that we produce is 100% organic too.
$3 outdoor produce bottle 250 ml ( $2.50 for return bottle top up)
$2 indoor plants bottle ( $1.50 for return bottle top up)