DIRTY BUSINESS: Earthworms are a sign of healthy soil, but are modern farming practices killing them?
DIRTY BUSINESS: Earthworms are a sign of healthy soil, but are modern farming practices killing them? Fiulo

RECYCLING: Worms love to eat the scraps

WORM farming is a great way to reduce your household food waste.

As long as you have a sheltered balcony or garden, it's easy to do and creates nutritious plant food for your garden.

What do I need?

A worm farm

Compost worms - minimum 1000

(or 1000 x no. of people in your household)

Newspaper and a hessian sack

Food scraps

Compost (if building your own worm farm)

FIND A LOCATION

In summer, keep your worms in a cool, sheltered environment, away from direct sunlight. In the colder months, move them into a sunny area to keep them productive as temperatures drop.

Where possible, place close to your kitchen so it's convenient to maintain and add scraps.

SET UP YOUR

WORM FARM

The easiest way to get started is to buy a commercially made worm farm. These usually have two or three layers, all of which do different things.

How do I get started?

Add your worms and cover them with five sheets of damp newspaper and a hessian sack or old t-shirt. Replace the worm farm lid and you're ready to go.Once your middle layer is full to the brim, you can begin to use your top, or third, level.

Start by placing food, covered with your hessian sack, in this level, and your worms will gradually move upwards to live and feed.

REMEMBER:

Worm farms process less food than a compost bin, so make sure you're not overfeeding your worms. Uneaten food will begin to smell and attract unwanted pests.

Each day a worm will consume approximately it's body weight in food. This means you can feed your worm farm a few handfuls every few days. Once it's established and the worms are breeding, you can try feeding them more food.

Cut food into small pieces.

More info: foodwise.com.au.



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