Worms – again

deefa is talking about growing Beans, Capsicum, Sweetcorn, Tomato, Zucchini, Lettuce from Auckland


The lovely Sara asked me about my worms and whether I would post some pics of them and what they eat. So just for you my friend here is some info and pics!

Disclaimer: there are bound to be lots of other information about worm farms that i haven’t mentioned or don’t know about, I am in no way an expert on the subject!

Pic1. Showing the very top layer and how it is covered with an old 10kg potato bag. Tiger worms (the kind you should use in a worm farm) like to be kept moist and so having an old potato bag, thick cardboard, or old carpet or newspaper on top stops everything drying out. This is also a reason why you don’t put tiger worms into the garden as there is no guarantee they’ll be kept moist enough.

Pic2. This is of the upper layer of the worm farm where all the fresh food scraps get put. Anything out of the kitchen that was once alive is generally ok. Things like paper, old envelopes, veggie peelings, food stalks, hair clippings, toilet rolls etc. There are some things you should avoid like citrus peels and cooked food. There is a heap of info on the net about worm farms and what works and doesn’t work. I go by the principle that if its from the garden ie weeds or old plants then that goes in the compost bin, and if its from the house ie food scraps then they go in the worm farm.

Pic3. Is of the middle working layer and shows how the worms have already begun to break down the food and turn it into something wonderful. You leave these alone ie don’t add any fresh stuff to it, until it’s all completely broken down and unrecognisable as food. Beside the working layer is the base where worms and castings fall through and the liquid collects. I like to rinse this out every now and then and return the worms to the working layers.

Pic4. Shows a freshly rinsed base and a lovely bucket full of liquid castings collected from the rinse that I can now use on the garden. Simple yet effective!

Worm farming is pretty fun and rewarding. It doesn’t usually smell and it doesn’t take up much space.

I have now done two posts on worm farms, I hope you don’t mind… I think it’s worth it!


Happy gardening