Worm Farming basics

 

The term “worm farming” may give the impression that it is a more difficult task than it is.

The advantages of worm farming greatly surpass any apparent disadvantages or challenges.

Although worms seem slimy and wiggly, they are extremely valuable to our ecosystem.

The earth is naturally tilled, aerated, and fertilized by them.

Worms are slowly being eradicated from the planet as a result of chemicals employed by most farmers to make their plants grow larger. Many farmers are unaware that they are killing the organisms that could naturally aid their plants in growing larger — without the use of pesticides and chemicals.

Composting is a fairly simple technique to provide these important organisms with a healthy and safe environment.

 

 

Making a “worm jar” is a simple and small way to get started with worm farming.

Purchase a few foam boxes from your local organic supermarket, puncture a few holes in the bottom to allow liquid to drain, then stack them one on top of the other.

After you’ve finished preparing your box, it’s time to add the “bedding.” Leaves, cardboard, and even newspaper can be used as bedding.

The thickness of the bedding layer should be about the same as your hand length. Before putting the bedding in the foam box, make sure it’s been soaked in water.

 

 

Adding a firm object to the bottom box is another wonderful suggestion for making a successful worm jar. This offers a safe island for the worms to climb on if they fall through the top-level box openings by accident. It can also assist the worms in climbing back up into the top box without your assistance!

 

 

You can add a handful or two of worms once your box is built and the bedding is in place.

Worm farms benefit greatly from redworms and/or tigerworms.

 

 

 

You can begin adding your kitchen waste to the box after the worms have been added.

Ensure that you do so cautiously and in small increments.

Worms have a reputation for being finicky eaters.

They won’t consume meat, bones, dairy, or fatty meals, as well as uncooked potatoes, citrus fruits like oranges and lemons, garlic, and raw onions. Cooked potatoes and onions, on the other hand, are OK.

They will eat all other food waste, such as apple cores, banana peels, and so on.

 

Cover the box with newspaper once your worms are in place and you’ve added their first batch of waste.

When the box becomes dry, add water until it has the consistency of a damp sponge. In your garden or garage, place the box in a shady spot.

 

Worm farming is well known for the castings that can be collected after the worms have completed their task. Simply move everything in the box to one side, add fresh bedding to the other, and set aside some time.

The worms will leave the castings behind and move to new bedding.

You may easily collect those castings and utilize them on your houseplants, gardens, lawns, and trees!

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