Cue “The Beverly Hillbillies” music! …”Black Gold…Texas Tea” Well Black Gold yes…Super Compost and Worm Tea! I am pleased to say that my Autumn effort to create a worm farm was outstandingly successful. I did not make my own bin, I bought one. My husband really got creeped out by my project but he is a good sport and values our garden and the concept of recycling, The recycling we has been accomplished with stellar results.
Worm farming is so simple. My greatest obstacle was my fear I would do something “wrong.” Follow the directions and there wont be any problems. Start with a nice bed of shredded newspaper wet down, add your worms and vegetable scraps. Keep moist but not wet. Worms will greedily eat the mold that forms on decaying organic matter, not the waste itself.
Make sure your lid is on tightly and keep away from extreme heat and cold. Our farm is about 65 degrees. The kit I purchased said to keep a light on the first night so they would not come out. My husband was concerned there would be worms ALL over the kitchen….well that’s NOT going to happen because if they get out they will DRY out. They need moisture and if one drops out it will be a goner in less than a half hour.
Keep in mind they do NOT like garlic or onions. Neither do they have a fondness for any citrus fruits or rinds. Those items have to go into the composter out side.They do love all greens, herbal and regular tea and some coffee grounds. Make sure you cut up things like broccoli stems and cauliflower stems to smaller pieces. Potato and vegetable peels are great. Old grapes cherries,apples…They absolutely adore ground up egg shells and it promotes them to reproduce. The smaller the piece the quicker it will turn into vermipost or gardeners GOLD.
This was an outstanding winter project and I only wish I had done this years ago. It’s simple, clean and odor free. I think this would be a great project for home schoolers or in a regular school setting, 4H too I am sure. You do not need a lot of room you can do it on a small scale.Worms move upward as they leave their castings (poop) behind. You need to use nesting layers with holes in each layer to permit the worms to migrate up. You also need to drain off the moisture. A cork in the bottom of a bucket or Styrofoam cooler can accomplish this as well. I have been diluting this worm tea with half water and my houseplants have been vibrant this winter. The Home Redworm farm will always be a part of our household and recycling program. I figure at this point we are 6 months into the project and we have about 20 pounds of Gardeners Gold.
So fear not my gardening and recycling friends. A worm farm is within everyone’s capability. Check out Youtube videos! I look forward to starting my garden seeds in the best starting medium VERMIPOST and our garden and houseplants will all benefit. Go for it!