If you have left over scrap pieces of vegetables that you dispose of daily or weekly, then you should 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 earthworm farm, you will have a little version of a compost bin in your yard while still leaving room in your yard for areas of fun.
What you would be requiring to get started on work with your worm farms is the following items; you will need to have a durable plastic 7 inch deep container. This container is going to be used to place your scraps into. Retain 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 special container that is clear, you will want to be sure 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 managing a worm farm is that you will want to make sure that the worms are kept free and clear from any vibration as the worms do not like this and will look for a new living environment when being vibrated.
When it comes to the kind of worms that you will want to use for your worm farms, the most frequent form of worms for worm farms are the red earthworm. These worms are often known as being red wigglers or manure worms. You will not want to use night crawlers or earthworms as these two types of worms will not work well for your worm farms.
When creating the bedding material, you should use some shredded up newspaper that has been moistened but not soaking wet. You will only want to use the black and white pieces of the newspaper rather than the ads or glossy pages.
Most generally the classified pages 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 will never work well for the worms. The moisture in the worm farm will help to allow the worms breathe without drowning them.
When giving food to your worm farms, you will want to start with feeding them fruit and vegetable scraps and scraps that are considered to be starches. Such starches are considered to be bread and oatmeal as well as pasta. If you are now living 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 lemon or lime fruits and coffee as well as tea bags. The pH level must be managed in between seven and eight. If you are using coffee grounds, you’ll be able to add the egg shells to the mixture to cut back on the acid level of the coffee grounds. You will want to ensure that you will be using egg shells that have been cooked as this is what works best for worm farms.
When managing the worms inside the home, you will want to keep a lid on the container but will want to place some slots in the lid to allow air to get 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 eat every couple of days as the worms do not eat more than half of their own bodyweight per single day.
If you follow these steps 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.