Remember my worm farm?

Working Worm Farm

Working Worm Farm

It’s been in operation for over a year now and is doing quiet well. During the warmer months I move the whole worm farm outside into a protected area where it is under the eves of the house.Adding a new tray. However during the winter months I move the container into our garage. Our garage is actually heated so although it is cool is never goes below 45 degrees even on the coldest day. The worms are kept as close to the wall of the house as possible and seem to be doing fine.

I added another tray a while ago and the worms have pretty much moved up into the new tray and judging from the fullness of that tray I think it’s time to add another one.

Red Wigglers!

Red Wigglers!

The worms are always moving upwards and the top tray is usually full of new food without much decomposition.

Close up of the processing tray

Close up of the processing tray

The lower trays are known as processing trays, the dirt is very dark and the majority of the food is broken down. Eventually the bottom tray will be the finished compost. It is dark and moist and crumbles in your hand.bottom tray

This is the soil you can use as a fertilizer by just adding a little bit around the base of your plants. You can also mix two parts of potting soil to one part of the vermicompost and use it as an enriched potting soil.

We continue to compost all winter, our outdoor compost bin not only gets full but it is completely frozen and very little if any composting is taking place. I enjoy being able to use the kitchen scraps to feed the worms during the winter and know that beautiful compost is being created!

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2 comments on “2015 Worm Update

peggy on July 21, 2015 12:12 am

I am interested in the worm trays…..are these DIY? or did you purchase them?

Nancy Wolff on July 21, 2015 2:19 pm

I did buy them but you can also make your own! I’ve seen several projects using tupperware containers.

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