How can a worm farm help your garden?
Worms, red worms in particular, can be incredibly helpful when it comes to maintaining your garden. These little guys will turn organic material into worm castings. Worm castings is like gold dust that will help your plants grow! It’s a clever way to get rid of food waste which of course helps the environment.
How to start a worm farm?
It’s a fairly easy process and you can get underway with just a few materials.
What you need
- A worm farm can usually be purchased from a gardening or hardware store
- Worms (around 500-1,000)
- Food scraps
How does it work?
Worm farms are layered so that worms can move through. Give the worms small amounts of scraps that they will then eat. Eventually they will produce castings. It will take a few months to get the worms settled and producing castings that you can start using.
Where do you put the worm farm?
Place the worm farm in a spot in the garden that won’t get the hot sun in the summer. In the cooler months, move it into a spot that does get more sun.
Becoming a worm farmer is relatively easy. It doesn’t require a lot of work once you have it set up. Stick to feeding worms, fruit and veggie scraps, eggshells, teabags and coffee grounds. They also like moisten paper or cardboard. A well-well managed worm farm won’t smell badly or attract other insects such as flies.
So what are you waiting for? Get worming!