Worm Farms

Today the girls wormeries arrived, they were so excited and we set them up straight away! First we unpacked everything inside the boxes and started to add the layers as per instructions. We put in the worms and a small amount of food for them. The worms are going to live in the kitchen in the space where the dishwasher used to be. We no longer have a dishwasher and I actually find the process of washing up by hand more enjoyable than using the machine, this might not make sense, but instead of rinsing all the dishes first and then packing the machine, using expensive dishwasher soaps and plenty of water, we now just wash by hand in the sink and it feels good, it makes me feel more connected to my tasks as a homemaker… Ok, I am going way off topic here… Anyway, back to the wormeries, we have got 4 now and this should give us amazing worm tea and compost for the garden. They are Wizzard Worms Wormeries and are so compact and tidy and look quite sweet in the corner of our kitchen. It’s nice to think that there are sweet little worms working away quietly at our kitchen scraps converting them into worm tea and compost, pure liquid gold…

The worms arrived packed in this cardboard box with plenty of moist compost and paper.

Kitchen scraps went on top with a few pieces of shredded cardboard…

Once we were finished we covered both sides of the worm bin with soaked newspaper and let the precious creatures get on with their magic composting…

Wormery update:
Just to answer some questions, the wormeries should be just fine situated in your kitchen, they do not have an odour if they have the perfect balance of air, moisture and food. If you are going to keep your worm farm outside, it needs to be kept in the shade. Sometimes if the worms are overfed, then quite a putrid smell can emanate from the bin because of the rotting veg. I cut up my veggie scraps quite small to help the little worms with their composting. Most veggie scraps can go into the bin except citrus, pineapple, onions and I also don’t add potato skins or potatoes. (added 27 May 2011)
Here are some links to DIY wormeries.
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12 Responses to Worm Farms

  1. fridica May 26, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    I know what you mean about washing dishes by hand – I find it quite soothing too! I’ve never liked dishwashers…

  2. K May 27, 2011 at 3:58 am #

    I find the compost very interesting. I’m not sure that worm tea sounds inviting; you’ll have to explain that one to me. But I have to admit that I need the machine right now. My poor kitchen has never looked the wreck it does at present – I have abandoned it and tend to us it the way a bachelor does. While for 30 years, I kept it gleaming and crumbless. I’d be ashamed, except I’m too busy to look. How strange life is.

  3. Imene May 27, 2011 at 3:59 am #

    I am really interested in knowing how it works. I would like to get one too but I am a bit anxious about the smell. Does it smell anything?

  4. Nicole Spring (Frontier Dreams) May 27, 2011 at 8:05 am #

    Oh so jealous! I have seen these set ups before and would love to try one someday.

    btw: you are doing 4 rows on your shalom instead of 3? I just finished my 3 and I tried it on and it seems like after blocking ti should fit… I hope!!

  5. Linda May 27, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    Dear K,
    The worm tea is for the plants:) and by the way, I would definately read your book online, I’m in:)
    Love to you

  6. Linda May 27, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    Dear Imene,
    I have updated the post a little about the bins. If your bin is running smoothly, then there is no odour:)

  7. Linda May 27, 2011 at 8:28 am #

    Hello dear Nicole,
    I have decided to add 4 rows instead of the 3 for my Shalom. I love the colour you are knitting with:)

  8. Anonymous May 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    I love your worm homes. We recently started composting with worms. It’s fascinating! We are using a rubbermaid container with some holes drilled in it. So far, it’s working great, and no it doesn’t smell bad at all.

  9. Forest-Dweller May 27, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    I too wash dishes by hand and use the washer as a drying rack.
    Thanks for sharing the worm process. Love little wormies they make the flowers grow.

  10. Rachel May 27, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Interesting! We are trying our own composting experiment this year as well. Your worms are facinating.

    I understand the hand washing. I don’t know what it is but I prefer it as well. 😀

  11. Cynthia May 28, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    I have been worm composting for several years now and still find it to be fascinating! We used to keep our worm bin in the garage till we moved to a cooler climate and now they must winter indoors with us. Lots of fun for the kids! 🙂

    Oh, and I agree about the dish washing. I find it to be very meditating. If only I could convince my children to see it the same way. 😉 They simply view it as a chore.

  12. W-S Wanderings May 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    I LOVE the idea of worm composting. The kitchen scraps that don’t go to our chickens, go to the composter in our yard. But THIS kind of composting would be a very cool learning opportunity for the kids. For the adults. For everyone that comes to visit.

    Linda, you folks do the neatest stuff!

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