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Worm farming

Worm farming is not as strange as it sounds.
It is not big juicy worms we are looking to harvest.
This is a city dwellers equivalent to the good ol’ compost heap.

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These days we are all making more of a conscious effort to reduce our environmental footprint.

1. We don’t leave the water running any longer than we need too,
2. We turn off the light when we are not in the room,
3. We power off devices rather than leaving them on standby.
4. In order to reduce our rubbish waste we have taken to worm farming.

Using a Worm farm takes our organic waste and returns healthy soil.
Because our worm farm does NOT smell & it does NOT attract the wrong kind of insects we keep it close to the house.
The worm farm could be kept on a balcony or at your back door.

Our Goal:
Do a little bit more to help save the planet by reducing the amount of organic waste we would either put down the waste disposal unit or into plastic bags destined for the rubbish tip.

Recycle your food scraps, Reduce your waste, make great soil, care for our planet.

Here is how it works.

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METHOD:

We collect our vegetable peelings and food scraps in a 4 litre ice cream container (sometimes 2) which we keep on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator.
Once these containers are full of food scraps we go down and empty the containers into any one of the worm farm compartments.
When we have a layer of food scraps we cover them with newspaper or un-waxed cardboard (like pizza boxes) and dampen with a little water.

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Covering the food scraps with newspaper helps break down the food quickly and reduces insects (like midges’).
The worms munch through everything including the cardboard or newspaper and return a terrific, healthy soil.

There is also a bi-product which is considered by some to be a potent liquid fertilizer (Also Known As worm juice).
Dilute Worm Juice with water at the ratio of 10 to 1 and use to water your plants.
The soil once harvested can be used for household plants, gardening or just returned to Mother Nature.

How to worm farm:
Work on needing 1 compartment for each person in the household
4 people = 4 compartments.

Start by filling the top container with food scraps, this can take a while depending on the amount of organic waste you produce.
While you are filling the top container, after adding a layer of scraps next add a layer of newspaper (or un-waxed cardboard) and dampen well with water.

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Once the top container is full rotate the container to the bottom of the stack,
Do this by removing the top lid and placing the container on the ground.

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In a healthy worm farm the worms will work their way into each compartment, worms will also be found in between each of the compartments,
Next, take the lid off the second compartment and put this on the full container.
This full container will now become the bottom compartment.
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Remove the other compartments and place them in the same order on top of the new bottom container.

Repeat by filling the new top container with scraps from the kitchen.

Eventually you will get to the point where the container you move to the top of the stack has a good amount of nice black looking soil and no visible food scraps, this is the time to harvest the soil in that compartment.

We keep a couple of rocks on top of the worm farm, this prevents the lid blowing off in high winds.
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Harvesting:
So this is the fun part!!

Eventually you will need to get stuck in and sort the dirt from the worms because we need to put our worms back once we take the soil.
Come on people get stuck in and sort your worms from your dirt.

When containers are ready to be sorted.
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An easy way is to tip the whole container onto an old tarp to sort out the worms
We need to keep the worms so they can keep on working for us.

Set up your work area, with a couple of buckets to put the new soli into and a bucket to put your worms into.
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Keep your worms and put them back into the empty worm farm container.
You can put a little straw in the bottom, but you will need to get some food in there for them soon.

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This is the basis for the soil we will be planting our Chili seedling in!
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What to put into your worm farm:
Vegetable peelings (any, all),
Fruit, apple cores, banana skins, avocado pips (any, all),
Tea bags, coffee grinds, vacuum cleaner dust, paper, worms love to hide under halved avocado skins,
Leftovers like ‘half-eaten sandwiches’ or unfinished meals (pasta, salads, rice),
Egg shells (break up the shells before you put them in.

Remember when possible to cut your scraps into smaller pieces, to help speed up the process.

What NOT to put into your worm farm!
NO MEAT of any kind including fish and poultry, no cheese, citrus, onions,
Meat will make the worm farm smell bad and breed insects we don’t want to bred flies.

Non-sponsored recommendation:
Check out the professionals at Bunnings worm farms

Here is what Bunnings have to say

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