Worm farming

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November 24, 2010

9 thoughts on “Worm farming

  1. I was thinking about doing something with worms (by which I mean the thought flittered through my mind for a fraction of a second some time ago) so this post is really useful. Sounds like a bit of work, but I’ll definitely keep it in mind.

    For some reason I thought you could grow plants on your worm farm, but can I take it to mean your worm farm is purely that: just for worms, not for flowers or anything else? Obviously my flittering interest didn’t extend to Googling, though I read your post in its entirety.

    1. It’s complicated. There are 2 main types of worms, the compost worms that are surface feeders, and the earthworms proper who dig dirt and live in the ground. Worm farms are the compost type, and the vermicast that they produce is not structurally suitable for keeping plants in. Ultimately, you need land to do what you’re thinking of.

      1. bendigo City Council do not have worm farms. they want everyone to use the organic waste service being introduced now, for $70 py, they will collect your organic bin.
        dosent seem to matter that this 240 ltr bin only has a hand full of waste. many people are asking about worm farms as a way of not accepting these bins…thats 3 bins we need to store.

  2. Fabulous post – thank you. I live in a unit with a tiny courtyard. I use several PVC pipes for worm farming.. i have drilled into the pipes and ‘planted’ them so that the holes are below the soil level. This means that the liquid produced runs straight into the ground, the worms can escape into dense soil when it is too hot for them, and i can move the pipes easily around the garden to where compost is needed.

  3. I bought the LIVE worms from Bunnings, and admit that I didn’t use them straight away, but when I did, I couldn’t find a single worm in there. I’m thinking did they die, crawl out the holes or were there none in there to start with. Any ideas? Great Post, thanks

    1. Hey Peter, hard to say, but who knows what kind of shelf life those Bunnings box of worms have and how often they get replaced. Chances are it’s been sitting on the shelf for weeks (months?) and there weren’t any worms left alive in there in the first place!? Hope it all worked out for you in the end though.

    2. You should always check the bottom of the bag before you buy, thats where you will see the worms, and check when they were packed, they need to be bought and put in your worm farm within four weeks.

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