If you have left over scrap pieces of vegetables that you dispose of daily or weekly, then you might consider turning those pieces of remaining food and vegetables into compost to make your own earthworm farms. By turning your leftovers into compost for a worm farm, you will have a little version of any compost bin in your backyard while still leaving room in your yard for areas of fun.
What you should be requiring to start out work with your worm farms is the following items; you will need to have a sturdy plastic several inch deep container. This kind of container is going to be used to place your scraps into. Maintain in mind that when keeping worms and making worm farms, that the worms are known to thrive better when being kept in the dark.
If you are using a plastic container that is clear, you will want to ensure that you wrap up in newspaper or foil to keep the light from seeping into the container which make the worms very unhappy. Another thing to consider when keeping a worm farm is that you will want to be sure that the worms are kept free and clear from any vibration as the worms do not envy this and will seek a new living environment when being vibrated.
When it comes to the sort of worms that you will want to use for your worm farms, the most frequent form of worms for worm farms are the red worm. These worms are often referred to as being red wigglers or manure worms. You will not want to farm night crawlers or earthworms as these two types of worms will not do well for your worm farms.
When coming up with the bedding material, you will want to use some shredded up newspaper that has been moistened but not very wet. You will only want to use the black and white pieces of the newspaper and never the adverts or glossy pages.
Most generally the classifieds can work great. You may then want to add a few handfuls of garden soil to potting soil and add a couple of cracked egg shells to the mix as well. Keep this bedding area wet but not to wet as this is not going to work well for the worms. The moisture in the worm bin will help to let the worms breathe without drowning them.
When giving food to your worm farms, you may want to start out with feeding them fruit and vegetable waste and scraps that are considered to be starches. Such starches are considered to be bread and oatmeal as well as pasta. If you live in the southern areas, you might like to even consider using grits.
You may not want to give them foods that are high in acid such as citrus fruits and coco as well as tea bags. The pH level should be kept in between seven and 8. If you are using coffee grounds, you’ll be able to add the egg shells to the mixture to cut back on the acid of the coffee grounds. You will want to ensure that you’re using egg shells which may have been cooked as this is what works best for worm compost.
Once keeping the worms inside the home, you will want to keep a cover on the container but will want to place some slots in the lid to allow o2 to seep inside of the container which the worms will require in order to live. When you have done this, keep them in a dark place and allow them to feed every couple of times as the worms do not eat more than half of their own body mass each day.
If you follow actions when building your worm farms, you will find a nice little way to save the left over food from your home and turn it into something other than just trash.