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Worm Farm

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hi everyone, I hope your week is going well :)

Last night I was woken up in the middle of the night by my toddler whispering ‘worm farm’ in my ear. Now this isn’t as odd as it sounds! We have recently included a worm farm into our garden alongside our compost. I have found it to be a really rewarding experience for us as a family.

To give you some background approximately half of household waste is organic. As organic waste decomposes in landfill it produces greenhouse gases methane and carbon dioxide. These greenhouse gases contribute to worldwide climate change. And of course as we all know climate change does and will affect our lives in the future. Organic waste can be recycled through composting though – turning waste materials into rich soil supplement for use in your garden.

I chose to create a worm farm to not only recycle our household food waste but also to show my daughter how we as a family can give back to the environment and in turn help our community garden to flourish! This link will give you the instructions on how to build your own worm farm. https://www.cleanup.org.au/PDF/au/cua_wormfarming_fact_sheet.pdf.

For us we inherited the containers from my in-laws (which can be bought at most garden shops), purchased the worms from Bunnings and then went from there. We now divide our waste between the compost and the worm farm as my husband said if we load up the worm farm too much the food may start to rot before the worms get to it. But it’s pretty easy once you get going!

I was reading on the Clean Up Australia website that worm compost will provide nutrients for your plants and will help the soil hold moisture, it can be used for mixing with potting mix for house plants or used as mulch by spreading it in a layer on top of the soil for potted plants. You can also use it as lawn conditioner by finely sprinkling it or alternatively mix it with water to make a really awesome liquid fertiliser. Moisture drained from the worm farm's bottom crate is also good liquid fertiliser. I had no idea of the benefits a worm farm could bring our garden and it's so easy to use as well.

Things that you can feed your worms include, fruits and vegetables (just not citrus or anything from the onion family), coffee grounds and filter, tea bags, crushed egg shells, shredded paper and leaves. So many things that we normally all just throw away! It made me feel great to be putting these scraps to good use :).

Well I’ll leave you with this information for the week and I hope that you found some interest in this topic. Does anyone else have a worm farm? If so what do you feed it and where do you keep it? I’d love to know!

Have a wonderful rest of the week :)

Jacquie