How to set up your worm farm and take care of your worms

Let the worms do the hard work for you – invest in a worm farm today.

Did you know that approximately half of all house hold waste is organic.

Some good reasons why you should have a worm farm: 

  • they turn waste material into a rich soil supplement for the garden
  • this rich supplement is one of the best soil conditioners
  • worms process waste food really quickly
  • worm tea( “wee” ) can be diluted and used as a liquid fertilizer all year round on any garden
  • worms eat what would go to land full –  reduce land fill
  • reduction in contamination and greenhouse gasses coming from land fill
  • its convenient, cheap and easy
  • quality and quantity of your fruit, vegetables and flowers will be exceptional

Easy steps to start your worm farm:

  1. Buy a worm farm from you local hard ware store or council office
  2. Make the  bedding (torn up card board, strips of newspaper, straw or leaves)
  3. Add the worms(buy from supplier)
  4. Add food waste (not too much especially initially)
  5. Cover the worm bed(sprinkle lime every couple of weeks to avoid acid build up)
  6. Harvest the castings(every few months)

Do feed your worms- Yum Yum!

  • • Fruit (except citrus)
  • • Vegetables (except onions)
  • • Coffee grounds and filter
  • • Tea bags
  • • Crushed egg shells
  • • Leaves
  • • Shredded paper

Do not feed your worms – Eech!

  • oily food
  • meat
  • poultry
  • fish
  • dairy
  • vinegar / salad dressings
  • onions and lemons

Feeding your worms is a once a week bonding time. You gather the worm “tea” and magic castings for your garden and you flush the worm farm with one bucket of clean water, add your kitchen waste and honor these wriggling hard working creatures with their gourmet food .

Gourmet Food Recipe for your worms:

  • 5 cups chicken laying pellets
  • 1 cup corm flour
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 2 cups bran
  • 1 cup lime

Mix all ingredients together and sprinkle one to two cups once a week on top of the cut up kitchen scraps

How to use worm castings:

  1. harvest from the lowest tray as the worms rise up in the farm to the feeding tray at the top
  2. place one handful in the hole of each new plant you plant
  3. add to your soil mix when preparing new beds
  4. place as a layer in a raised bed
  5. place a handful of castings around established plants in Spring and always cover with mulch
  6. as plants are coming into flower thank them with a handful of castings to encourage more abundant blooms
  7. for ease of application to larger areas you can dilute the castings and water onto the soil and around fruit trees.

How to use worm tea:

This fabulous tea is nutritious at any time but especially when vegetables are young, plants are flowering and fruit is ripening.

  • dilute 10 parts water to one part tea and use as general tonic for entire garden
  • for best results aerate the tea before use
  • always use fresh that day it can become anaerobic(you will know it stars to smell)
  • water on stressed and diseased plants
  • use on flowering plants and when fruit is setting
  • water of seedlings after two to three weeks

Other pages of interest

  1. mulching your garden healthy
  2. companion planting
  3. encouraging good bugs for your garden

To help you started in your organic garden click this link to down load your Low Budget Organic Gardening Ebook

“Let the worms to the hard work for you. I have said many times I am a lazy gardener –  I get a little help from my friends!”