Composting worms are different from earth worms, so you need to obtain your initial batch from someone with a worm farm. It’s to do with temperature – it’s too hot in the worm farm for earth worms.
- Assemble worm farm with the tray with a tap placed at the bottom
- In the top tray spread worms, add kitchen scraps and cover with the fibre mat (worm blanket).
- Sprinkle with water from time to time to keep moist. Sprinkle with lime to improve ph.
- Keep adding scraps cut small – the smaller the pieces, the quicker the worms get through them.
- Worms will also eat paper, cardboard, cotton t-shirts – nearly everything!
- No onion skins or citrus (too acidic) but possibly these are ok if soaked first (?)
- When the top tray is full, rearrange so an empty tray is on top for the scraps & transfer the fibre mat to that one.
- Use the contents of lower trays in garden when the food scraps are all broken down and the composting worms have moved out.
- Keep the worm farm in the shade in summer, but they need warmth, so in winter put it in sun.
- Keep the tap turned on so farm doesn’t fill with rainwater and drown the worms.
- Place a bucket under the tap to collect liquid. As it fills, use it to fertilize the garden or potplants.
- Use a drip tray to prevent brown ‘worm juice’ stains on concrete.
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