In The Garden

How to Make a Worm Farm

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Why do you need a worm farm?

Quite simply if you want your own free and rich compost AND slow release fertiliser then a wormery is the way to go.

Worm compost produces a high level of  natural, slow releasing nutrients and minerals for your plants. It is also excellent at retaining moisture leading to healthy plant growth. Plus as a worm farmer you will always have a good supply of fishing worms available.

You can make your own worm farm for around $40 – $50 dollars. They take up a small amount of space and are easy to maintain.Your wormery can be kept inside or outside. A good location for a worm farm is in a basement, mud room or garage owever many people prefer to keep their outdoors. Worms are happiest in temperatures of 55-77F in a shady location

The vital component is making sure that you use the correct type of worms. Don’t think that you can go dig up the worms from your back yard and use those. To get the best result order red wiggler worms (Eisenia Foetida) from a reputable source such as your local bait shop. This type of worm will give you the highest value nutrient content to feed your plants.

Shredded leaves or old newspapers provide perfect bedding for your worms. Newspaper should be shredded and cut into small pieces; it has the added bonus of absorbing odors and moisture. 

What do you Feed Them?

Worms love kitchen scraps!!! Vegetable peelings, crushed eggshells, tea bags, coffee grounds and greens. Chop them up well and you’ll have happy healthy worms.

They absolutely hate citrus, banana peels, onions, fish, dairy and meat.

Here’s a great video showing you how to cheaply and easily make your own worm farm.