It’s been a fine autumn weekend for odd jobs around the home and garden. While I’ve been trying to play tetris jamming boxes and life’s detritus in cupboards and shelves, darling husband has been formalising new accommodation arrangements for our thousands of willing workers organically ruminating making soil–WORMS for short. Tiger worms, in fact. And because they do such a wonderful job turning our food scraps into A-grade humus, we put together something pretty special for them.
How our worm farm was made
Wooden boxing was built into an old shower tray with a pipe attached. This bottom boxing will collect the worm castings aka vermicompost, which for me, is what worm farming is all about.
The pipe will drain into a small water tank to collect leachate. This way the worm farm doesn’t become water logged and it’s much easier to get a tap attachment fitted to the tank so worm wee can easily be used for fertiliser.
Another box is built on top of this with a concrete-reinforcing mesh base with a finer mesh over that. All those food scraps and wriggly worms can weigh a lot so the CR mesh is really needed for a worm farm this size.
It’s easy enough to build another wooden box to fit on top when or if you want to expand.
Tiger worms are tropical beasties so certain precautions need to be taken with them in these cooler months. The lid is waterproof and will be insulated with with either coir (coconut fibre) matting or polystyrene offcuts (experiments to continue…).
Worm farm considerations
The worm farm has been installed somewhere with dappled sun, out of midday heat over summer. Sheltered from rain but able to get water to it easily so it doesn’t dry out. Accessibility is important so I can empty food scraps easily and check on the overall health and well-being of the worms.
I feed the worms leftovers/scraps of what I feed my family–good quality food. I don’t use the worms to simply get rid of rubbish because what goes in is what comes out. Having said that earthworms are amazing recyclers of waste. But in the confines of my worm farm, with the limited tools I have for testing and so on, I want to be careful about the end product.
This design will keep the worms safe from rats and mice. We will have to keep an eye out to make sure ants don’t move.
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