You’ll never guess what I got for Christmas? A Worm Farm complete with worms! My granddaughter thought it was the most amazing things that “Grammy got worms for Christmas!” I’ve actually wanted to try composting with worms for years.

A Worm Farm!

A Worm Farm!

A worm composter is an incredibly efficient way to quickly convert your kitchen waste, cardboard, newspaper, junk mail, dried leave and other organic matter into nutrient-rich compost for your plants, planters, flower beds and garden.

Setting up the worm farm.

Setting up the worm farm.

When my worm composter or vermicomposter is in full operation, it will house 10,000 to 12,000 worms, helping the microorganisms process up to five pounds of food waste and junk mail a week.

The vermicomposter was easy to set up. The directions were clear and easy to follow. You line an empty working tray with 3-4 sheets of newspaper. You then mix up some bedding composed of a partial block of coir (supplied in the kit),

Coir

Coir

some active compost of leaf litter and some shredded newspaper. This mixture is spread over the sheets of newspaper. Several handfuls of food scraps are then placed in one corner of the working tray.

Mixture ready for worms!

Mixture ready for worms!

The worms are then placed on top of this mixture and covered with several more sheets of moist newspaper.

Red Wigglers!

Red Wigglers!

 

The lid is then placed on the vermicomposter and the worms are allowed to settle. Every three days I remove the lid from the working tray and lift the layer of moist newspaper. If the worms are crawling in and around the food in the working tray it is time to add more handfuls of food waste. It will take 1-2 months for the working tray to be full at which point I will add a new working tray to the vermicomposter. I have not had my worms long enough to have to add another tray yet.

Working Worm Farm

Working Worm Farm

I am keeping the vermicomposter in our laundry room and there is no smell to it at all. My granddaughter is so excited about the whole process and can’t wait to visit so she can feed the worms!Linked to: Sidewalk Shoes, ASouthernDayDreamer, PennyPinchingParty, WildcraftingWednesday, HomemakersChallenge, FabulouslyFrugalThursday, ThinkTankThursday, FertilizerFriday, SmallFootprintFriday, DIYLinky, RealFoodFriday, FromTheFarmBlogHop, FarmGirlFriday, SimplyNaturalSaturdays, CleverChicksBlogHop, HomesteadBarnHop, theBackyardFarmingConnection, TuesdayGreens, TunedInTuesday, TuesdaysWithATwist

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