Sunday, October 3, 2010

Common Questions With Worm Farming Answered

Many people immediately think about how easy it would be to generate cash with little effort when it comes to worm farming. Perhaps the thought of having a personal supply of nutrient rich soil for the garden or flower beds sounds appealing. Whatever your reasons for having a worm farm you will need to learn how to set one up for your particular venture.

Worm farming can be rewarding both financially and environmentally so it's important to understand the benefits and the reasons why you would want to take up worm farming. For starters, worms are able to provide you with an almost unlimited supply of nutrient rich soil. You can also aid the planet environmentally with worm farming. Worms are a great composting technique and they will eat virtually anything that is organic in nature. This includes newspapers, cardboard and kitchen scraps. For the avid fisherman you have a permanent supply of bait and aquarium owners have a ready supply of fresh food for their fish.

With the reasons for a worm farm established in your mind you can now start setting it up. An easy way to start is with a worm farming bin. These are found online or at your local gardening or hardware store. There are many styles, shapes and colors available. Some large scale worm farms will often have these setups available at reasonable prices.

If you like to do it yourself you could even try making your own out of common household items. Plastic tubs or large wooden boxes can be altered and provide a perfect home for these working worms.

Multiple layers are required to provide a space for the liquid run off. A tap at the bottom will provide drainage for whenever you need some liquid fertiliser. Worms live and move around in the top layer of soil. The material to be composted is simply laid on top where the worms can get at it.

For those of us who have small or even no backyards you can still get into worm farming with one of the many indoor models available. To grow your worm farm you simply stack more bins on top.

Appropriate bedding will need to be provided for the worms to ensure a healthy life style. Peat moss or coconut fiber with a small amount of composting material are some of the worms favorites. Bedding should always be moist for worms. When you purchase prepackaged worms you will more than likely get the bedding material with them as well as some instructions.

Think carefully about where you locate the bin as well. Worms don't do well when there are extremes in temperature ranges. A location where temperature can be controlled between 72 - 75 degrees Fahrenheit, or choosing a fully insulated system, will help keep the worms healthy and happy. Your bin may dry out too quickly or stay too moist if you locate it in the wrong position.

Now that you have the bin all set up and positioned correctly you now just need to add the worms. There are many species of worms that are readily available all boxed up and ready to go. Red wigglers are a favorite amongst worm farmers. For bait you might want to breed European Night Crawlers.

When worms are purchased, they typically come with acclimation instructions. Make sure you have the worms bedding prepared and in place before you purchase your worms.

Feeding the worms is the fun part. There are a wide variety of items you can use as worm food. Fruit and vegetable scraps, egg shells, newspapers, cotton rags, cardboard boxes pre-soaked, leaves, dirt and even hair. You can speed the composting process up by cutting everything down into smaller sizes. You will make life easier for your worms by cutting all of your fruit into thin strips.

Provide a layer of items to be consumed on the top layer of the soil. The best way to avoid overfeeding is to only add more when nearly all of the previous food has been completely consumed.

Worm castings can be found in the bottom layer of the soil. By adding this straight to the garden you will be providing your plants with one of nature's best fertilizer's. If your plants like being fed directly to the roots a liquid fertilizer can be made by simply adding water.

Your worms will require very little maintenance once you have them established. If the worms don't like it they will simply crawl away in search of a more optimal environment. Keeping the temperature constant, moisture at an appropriate level and food readily available will help ensure a healthy and happy supply of working worms.

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