Worm Farms are a great way to recycle kitchen waste and
convert it into 100% organic fertiliser for your garden. The solid and liquid end products are loaded with nutrients,
enzymes and good bacteria to help you grow stronger, healthier plants.
All components are made of tough recycled plastics for
strength and hygiene and assembly is as simple as can be. Just click the legs into the corners of the base unit and
fit the drainage tap securely with the large holding nut.
Now you’ll need to prepare the bedding block by soaking it in
a bucket of water for around 20 minutes.
Its made of compressed coir and will help create a good environment for
the worms. Then tear off a piece of the packaging and punch some holes
in it before placing in the bottom of the first tray which sits snugly into the
base tray. This will help drainage and airflow - both very important
and the worms will eventually eat the cardboard.
Now its time to open up your box of worms. There’s around a thousand of them and they’ll
have been living quite happily in there for a while feeding on the rich humus
and paper scraps.
But now its time to introduce them to their new home and
treat them to their first feed from your kitchen waste bin. First you’ll need to make a suitable bed for
them. You can just use soil from the
garden, but if you’ve got some fresh compost too then all the better. Mix the expanded coir bedding block with some soil and
compost and give it a good mix up with your hands - though wearing a pair of
gloves is probably not a bad idea .
Then spread it out into the first tray but don’t press it
down too tight as the worms need air too. Now add some water.
Don’t worry about over doing it as any excess will just drain down into
the base unit and into the bucket you’ve placed under the tap.
So now you’re worm cafe is ready to add the worms. Again you’ll need to mix it all up well and don’t worry
about there being too much as you’ll need to transfer some of the mix into the
top tray before stacking it last of all on top - again making sure that the mix
is in contact with the tray below but not squashing it.
Sprinkle some kitchen scraps over just half of the top tray
to start with. Too much at any one time
is not a good idea as they can’t eat very quickly and you don’t want it going
smelly. You’ll then need to sprinkle a little soil over any new
scraps, again it keeps everything odour free and helps the worms digest.
Then place the blanket on top to keep it all snug before
popping on the lid which clicks tight . . but a heavy object is also
recommended in case you’ve got any determined possums in your area. So that’s it. You’ve
got a spare tray left over to use when the top tray fills up with worm castings
- which will probably take around 3-6 months.
It’s important to keep the ph right as worms don’t like too
much acid. Just lightly sprinkle this compost conditioner on once a
week to keep it sweet and help them digest more easily
Finally you’ll need to find a good place for it that doesn’t
get too much sun - a little morning sun is OK but not more than a few hours
worth. You’ll also need it to be close enough to be convenient to
top it up and to give it a good watering once a week.
The Tumbleweed Worm Café - All in all - a terrific way for
anyone to be as EcoSmart as its possible to be.