Worms and worm farming

Just getting my hands dirty, but also now recycling and reusing. Instead of throwing away your left overs there are ways to create small worm bins for yourself or your family and start converting your organic waste into valuble plant food aswell as revitalise your soil.

WormsThe scientist Charles Darwin described worms as the most perfectly evolved organism on earth, and said ” every grain of sand on this earth has been through the gut of an earthworm at least once “. Farmers of strawberries and grapes are using these worms as an addition to mulch around their vines. This kind of makes me think that it is necessary to get going with worms as soon as possible. I was in Port Elizabeth for the day and went past Blue Martin Nursery after doing a simple google search. I met up with Alan who has over 30 years of experience with worms, and uses these fascinating creatures as the basis of his nursery. What I have learnt about worms in theory and practically having a wormery in Johannesburg has been turfed out the window. I received a little booklet from him and spoke with him for a couple minutes. Alan has some very important lessons to learn about worms and I have decided to take his advice to make this work for me and my vegetables.

Alan has a technique to create a simple worm bin out of a 100 litre rubber maid bin, he also gives you a booklet to help you on your way. Using 30 years of experience will help me on my way for a successful wormery and definitely some nutrient rich soil which leads to wholesome vegetables and a healthy diet.

Red Wiggler ( Eisenia Foetida ) : There are over 9000 different earthworms on this planet, but red wigglers are the most suited to convert kitchen waste into microbe rich worm castings that can be used for pot plants. They create a number of products for us to use:

1: Worm castings
2: Vermi-compost
3: Worm tea
4: Leachate

What you CAN use to feed your worms:
Vegetables and peels
Breads and carbs
Cardboard, newspaper, carpet veldt.
Manure from animals that eat greens.
Tea bags and coffee grounds
egg shells
brown leaves and small amounts of retted grass clippings
Even use hair from your comb or pets combs.

What you should NOT use in your wormery:
Any processed food
Meat ( except for bone meal )
Dairy products
Anything oily
Green grass or leaves ( you can use retted grass )
Acidic plants ( lemons, onions oranges, citrus )

There are many ways for you to use these worms in your garden, compost heaps or self-made wormery’s. There are many designs that you can find online. The most important thing is to learn as much as possible to make these creatures recycle your waste as fast as possible. Worms in a good environment can reproduce very fast, so be prepared to expand your wormery, or pass them on to friends and get them involved in recycling thier kitchen waste. This is a very rewarding hobby for you, your garden and your environment. Good worming.

If you would like to purchase a wormery in South Africa try the links below:
Blue Martin nursery
Be Amazed
Worm Farming