Did you know I'm a farmer? Yeah... got bout a thousan head a worm. I've had a worm farm for a year or so and I love those little guys. My in-laws knew I wanted to get a worm farm and found one for me at a garage sale.
Let me count the ways (aka reasons) in which I love my farm.
1. I hate contributing to landfill.
2. Their wees and poos make my plants happy.
3. I haven't had any success with compost heaps/bins.
4. They're the only pets I'll allow. I always end up being the one who does the dirty work with pets, which frustrates me cos I've never been the one who actually wanted the pets. So I say no more pets. Unless they're worms. Worms are all about the poop.
So you want to see my farm? Let me take you out to have a look around.
Here tis, conveniently located outside the laundry door. At the top is the working paddock (scraps), below that is the resting paddock (poop), and the bottom one is the dam (urinal).
Here's the working paddock. Mmmmm look at all that yummy worm food.
Here's the resting paddock. It used to look like the working paddock. It's the worm poo ready to add to my garden.
There are still quite a few worms in there tho. I really don't know what they think they're eating in there cos I think it's all worm poo. And a few egg shells.
And here's the worm wee. They sure make a lot of wee. I rarely, rarely add any water to the scraps so it amazes me how much wee they produce! It's good for plants too. I dilute it with water, about 10:1 (these bottles are all undiluted). Don't mistake the liquid for coke tho, like Dave did. "Why are there bottles of coke ouside the laundry door?". Seriously! Lucky he didn't take it any further than curiosity!
Here is some worm poo ready to mix in with some potting mix. In all the time I've had the worm farm this is the first time I've actually used the poo! They do lots more wees than poos. Is this too much toilet talk?
Do you have a worm farm? Or do you think you might like to start one? They're so easy, a great way to get rid of your kitchen scraps and a great organic fertilizer for the garden. I know you can get worm farm kits from places like Bunnings. Just a few things to remember...
* They don't like citrus or onion families. Also no dairy or meat etc (like a normal compost heap - you don't want to attract mice).
* They like all other fruit and vege scraps, bread, hair and shredded paper (I always forget to give them paper).
* My worms seem to be particularly fond of banana peel and avocado seeds.
* I used to be a little concerned about some other little creatures coming to graze in my scraps paddock - like fruit flies and slaters, even slugs (urgh - most abhorable creatures). But they seem to be almost permanent residents now and they don't cause any problems. They all seem to get along and get the job done together.