Are you looking for a way to turn your kitchen scraps into high-value garden food? Worm composting is a great way to do this. When you manage your worm farm correctly (and it’s not hard, I’ll show you how easy it is below!), it pretty much looks after itself, is clean, and doesn’t smell. You can have a worm farm compost system in the smallest of areas!
Let’s watch this interview with Peter Paul, who talks us through his worm farm compost system. For the full article and more information, visit this free Simple and Effective Worm Composting article.
Peter lives in the Pacific North West with his wife and two kids. He works full time but still manages to grow an amazing garden to feed his family. He keeps his soil fertile with a worm farm system.
He started the worm farm because his compost pile was giving him lots of trouble. The raccoons and skunks would ravage it, and all he was left with was orange peels. Peter uses just the one big worm farm and adds food and scraps in different places in the bin. He starts on one end and moves to the other end to give it time to decompose and get digested.
Peter even puts meat in his compost bin. He recommends you don’t add meat if your bin is indoors, but outdoors it’s no problem. His composting system has a self-introduced fly, whose larvae eat the meat. It’s not just a worm farm, it’s a whole little composting ecosystem. A great, free way of increasing the capability of the worm factory.
Peter loves the worm juice in particular. He has a bunch of holes drilled in the bottom of his farm, and a bucket lives underneath, which collects the worm juice. He stores the juice in winter when he doesn’t use it.
In spring, he gives it away and sells it. He foliar feeds his plants as well as the soil and has seen incredible results. The first year he did it, the tomatoes grew faster than the sunflowers!
How Do I Start Worm Farming?
It’s super easy to start. You can build your own worm farm like Peter in the video above, or you can buy a pre-made worm factory like this one:
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The greatest thing of all is that compost worms now travel the country, so you can order them online and they’ll arrive at your doorstep, ready to populate their new home. My favorites are the Red Wrigglers:
You’ll be surprised how quick they multiply once they’re settled in. Don’t give them too much food for a start. Once you see food disappearing, feed more. It’ll start disappearing faster and faster, which means you can feed more and more.
What Other Compost Systems Can I Use?
If you don’t like the sound of a worm farm compost system, you can look at:
- A compost pile in a corner of your yard.
- A compost bin, like a tumbler.
- An indoor composting system like the Bokashi bucket or this one here.
- Compost tea
More information on these below:
Will you start a worm farm? I’m working on building one at my kids’ school. I’ll look at an inground system instead of a farm that requires some maintenance. Most likely with a worm tube, like these ones I made for my garden:
I’ll do a tutorial on these inground worm farms in the future. They’re a great, low maintenance worm farm solution. You’re not working with compost worms in these ones, more so earthworms. Same benefit!
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