I have always wanted to start a worm farm – ever since I saw the first worm farm bins at the Organics Expo 2 years ago. Worm farming as a hobby will not only produce excellent compost for your garden but it is also therapeutic and fun! About UsThe Gardening Blog is a blog by Barbie and Christine … life-long friends with two very different gardens. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, our gardening philosophy is "Natural and organic is best". Did you know Victorians toss the equivalent of one in every five bags of groceries they buy?
These wriggly, squiggly munching machines will ingest most kitchen scraps (but avoid meat, dairy, citrus fruit and onion), and provide you with an amazing fertiliser and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. There are many suitable containers for keeping worms, from ready made farms to basic wooden boxes or plastic stackable ones.
The most common composting worms are Indian Blues, Red Wrigglers and Tigers and you will find them at most garden centres typically being sold as ‘composting worms’.


In a couple of weeks, worm “castings” will collect in the bottom of the top box, making a terrific fertiliser. Being a true spirit of the earth, my garden is all about vegetables and fruit trees and herbs and chickens roaming free.
Mine is a small one but I get enough worm tea each week (500ml) to use diluted on all my plants. I use the worm tea for foliage spray and I love the fact that I am directly feeding them with my kitchen scraps. We are novice gardeners and through this blog we will be sharing our gardening experiences (all the highs and lows) with each other and anyone who cares to join us in “watching our gardens grow”.
Instead of throwing away your waste that will end up in landfill, why not consider starting your own worm farm?
Chop up everything beforehand and feed your worms only small amounts as needed once or twice a week.
I have a good friend of mine (actually one of my authors) that started up a worm farm business called Worm Wisdom.


The main advantage of worm farming is that the worms will break down your organic waste quicker than traditional methods of composting. I was keen to really start gardening when we moved to Philadelphia in 2005, but not your typical suburban-type garden – sterile and bug-free!
Dilute the “leachate” until it looks like weak ‘tea’, one part leachate to eight parts water in a nine litre watering can. Every now and then you can collect worm “castings” from the top bin and scatter a walnut size ball into your pots where it acts as an excellent fertiliser.



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