The worm farm

My worm farm used to live on the south side of the house tucked in behind the water tank, where it was never in direct sun.

After a summer’s day some years ago when the temperature went over 40 C, I discovered all the worms had died. Even though they were in shade, the ambient temperature was apparently just too high. So I installed them under the house where the temperature is lower and doesn’t fluctuate so wildly. It was a good move as 40+ temperatures seem to be the norm in summer now.

There are two worm farms under the house now, both the round, plastic, commercial variety :

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I leave the taps permanently open and the worm juice drips into ice-cream containers. The bucket with the sieve on top is to sieve out any drowned worms or other debris. The worm juice is transferred to a 50 litre plastic drum for storage :

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I use it diluted about 50/50, mainly to water seedlings but will occasionally add a jugful to a wicking box.

The worms work in conjunction with the composting toilet. Each month a bin from the toilet (which has already been sitting in the system composting for 6 months), gets emptied into a compost bay down the back, a tray of worm castings plus worms gets tipped on top and the whole lot is covered in mulched bracken and kept moist. Even though the stuff from the composting toilet is unrecognisable by this stage, the worms go through it and produce a beautiful friable compost.

A worm farm is an essential part of an organic food garden.

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2 Responses to “The worm farm”

  1. narf77 Says:

    SO true Bev! I remember (with shame) being bolshie and ignoring my mum when she would implore me to compost my food scraps. I generated heaps as a vego and now they all go up into Sanctuary and are precious. I am most probably insane but where I once used to twitch about a full bin, I now see a full compost bucket and have an internal happy dance moment as I know that it’s food for my worms, the start of another garden bed or fertiliser for something in Sanctuary. I haven’t built it yet but I have an old door-less fridge on it’s back in Sanctuary that I am turning into a worm farm. I am filling the freezer section with water in order to keep the ambient temperature down and the worms happy so I get a pond on one side and worms in the insulated bigger fridge bit. Hopefully it works. Has your weather been a bit haywire lately? Ours is lovely and cool and raining. I am NOT complaining 🙂

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  2. Chris Says:

    Yeah, worms are key. You’re lucky to have an “under the house” to put them in. I have avoided getting worms because our summers are shocking and I knew they wouldn’t last. I do want to get them if its possible in the future though.

    It’s good you’re taking responsibility for your own poo too. 😉

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