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Worm Care

Worms like every other living creature have certain needs in which to survive. They are very easy to care for if you just follow basic rules.

  • 1  They need a place to live: your worm farm.
  • 2 They need bedding to move around in and breed.
  • 3 They need moisture as they breathe through their skin and need moisture to do this.
  • 4 Then there is food. Anything that once lived can be fed to worms (freeze your veggie scraps first, thaw, then feed).
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Recipe for Worm Tea

Leachate is a liquid that has leached out of your worm farm is full of anaerobic bacteria. This can be toxic to your worms and plants.

The cause is your bedding is too wet from added water or the food is too wet. Another cause is sweating of the bedding commonly occurring in those Stackable Worm Farms. Avoid leachate as much as possible.

Your better alternative is to use the Worm Castings which is a slow release fertiliser. Castings are full of good beneficial aerobic bacteria, nutrients and trace elements which will make your plants thrive.

You can add it to your pots or garden on top or mix it into your potting mix at the rate of about 25% castings. The castings can also be used to make Worm Tea which contains millions more beneficial aerobic bacteria and is even better than straight castings.

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Fattening The Herd

When your worms are well established and there are thousands of them in your farm, you might notice that the worms are getting a little smaller. This is can be due to overcrowding, excessive young worms and eggs.

Worms won’t grow to their full potential if crowded and are mixed in with all different size worms. They also regulate and slow their breeding if too crowded. This may not be a problem when you just want composting worms.

If you want fat worms which can consume more scraps or larger Africans Night Crawlers for fishing, then you need to grow them out to full size.

Screen your larger worms under a bright light removing the castings. Worms move down away from the light. Eventually you have pure worm in a pile. Place these and a small amount of the old castings into fresh manure/sugarcane mulch. Just make a small hole and put them in. Dont spread them out.

If there are very few worms or eggs in the castings just dig them into your garden or make worm tea. If there is lots of eggs and small worms give them a boost with manure /sugarcane mulch. Let them grow out.

If you’re looking for worms, woodies, or even just some friendly advice, don’t put it off – please contact me here or give me a call on 0423 380 482.

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Stackable Worm Farms

During my time at the Markets it has become clear to me that 7 out of 10 people have a problem with Stackable Worm Farms. The worms either didn’t thrive, or just died out. Some people however seem to have no trouble and their worms flourished.

As I hadn’t used this type of farm at first I could offer no explanation.

I obtained a second hand round stackable farm and began to study it. First thing I discovered was the instructions that come supplied with your farm are written in such a way that you will most probably fail and kill all your worms. They must be written by people who don’t breed worms and have no idea at all. The solution is to soak the instructions in water and feed them to the worms.

First and most important.

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