Urban people or those who live in a very limited space may back out when they hear the red worm farm. Well, farm has this notion that you should have a big space or backyard in order for you to raise composting worms
and benefit from their castings. This however is wrong because the “farm” that we refer to can only be as wide as 9cm.
To have your worm farm started, you have to have the following: container that is preferably 7-9 inches in width and 7 inches in depth. You can also buy a compost tumbler should you think that you don’t have enough time to have the worm bin done by yourself. Next prepare composting worms
(red worms are most recommended), organic wastes like your kitchen left over, fruit peelings, vegetable scraps, grass clippings, coffee grounds, pasta, tea bags, dried leaves and grass clippings, shredded newspapers, magazines.
Once you have these at hand, you are more than ready to have your farm and start with vermicomposting or mostly known as worm composting.
Red Worm Farm Must Remember Tips
While vermicomposting may seem to be easy, it should never be taken for granted. Handling composting worms particularly the Red Wiggler worms
takes dedication. We start with their foods. The organic materials mentioned above should never be added with any meat, fish, dairies, cheese or any other foods that may invite insects. These foods also take forever before they decomposed so better not include them especially if adding them means more insects to kill your worms.
Further, put in mind that Red worms eat as much as their body weight so don’t give them too much as it will cause foul odor.
Environment wise, Red Wiggler worms love to dwell in a damp place so when preparing the bedding, make sure that your shredded newspapers are soggy. Always maintain a 40-85 degrees F temperature to prevent composting worms from escaping your bin. Remember that worm composting will never be completed without your worms. Like human being, worms also need oxygen so keep the lid of your bin partially open to allow air. Try to check the bin from time to time because you also have to change the bedding. Make sure to never leave it too dry or too wet.
Unlimited Benefits with Limited Effort
After few weeks, you will look at your worm farm and will see how the worm composting works. Soon, you’ll see castings which contain nutrients for your garden. These will serve as fertilizer and for that, you will no longer have to buy chemical fertilizers. Once the bedding is already unnoticeable, it gives you the hint for harvesting season. If you’re a worm raiser, you can separately harvest the Red Wiggler worms and their wastes. After that, you can have new and fresh bedding while putting the castings to your garden.
That’s how easy the process is. What it only requires aside from the materials is your time and dedication. Once you give all of those, you’re on your way to success. Now you know what worm farm is. No matter how limited your space is, there’s always a way for you to have this. Good luck!