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Hazelwood and Churchill (Victoria, Australia) local Girl Guide information noticeboard.

How a worm farm works


When looking at environmental impact of having a bare earth the Guides wanted to know how to better deal with the challenges with what they had access to.  one of the Guides found this information and passed it over to the others.  A communal project went in action… at each persons own home. The end result of this activity was the heightened awareness of what and where rubbish could go.Years later one of the Guides stated that when she was an adult was the study of insects and rubbish as her chosen field.

“Worms turn organic food waste (fruit and vegetable) into high-quality soil conditioner through digestion. Worm farming is known as ‘cold’ composting, as opposed to a hot composting system for garden waste.

They are best for people living in apartments or with small gardens. feed your worms a range of kitchen scraps as they love lettuce, eggshells and potato peel, but they don’t like citrus or onion  [bin these].

The liquid waste from the worms is a highly concentrated fertiliser that can be collected, diluted in a 1:10 ratio and sprayed over plants and seedlings in the garden. Harvesting vermicast (worm poo) is also easy as worms move up through the farm, leaving their rich castings behind.

Worms love food scraps; variety is the key and they will also consume small amounts of grass clippings and leaves. They don’t like meat and won’t need watering if they constantly receive vegetable peels with a high water content. Regulate the feeding just ahead of the worms’ rate of consumption and you’ll be okay. Households with four of more people might need two worm farms. But don’t worry if you don’t think you can use that much worm wee – it’s a rare commodity and will be coveted by green thumbs.”

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May 23, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

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