Worm Farming

I'm a HUGE fan of vermicomposting.  We do it on a small scale at home, although we did add an additional worm "house" to our worm farm recently (if you live in Peoria, Illinois and you want to get set up with a starter worm farm, just leave a comment with your contact information and I can set you up with the person who made our new farm.  The new one isn't pictured here). Today I just cleaned all of the dirt (dirt = worm poop) out, and replaced it with some shredded junk mail, egg shells, grape vines, etc.  Eventually, we're going to try building a new worm farm out of a 3 drawer plastic container.  Until then, this is our farm:


We don't use the spigot.  We keep enough dried leaves and junk mail in the mix that we don't get too much liquid.



Empty bin




First layer is a barely moist piece of newsprint, then we fill it with vegetable scraps, junk mail (nothing glossy), yard waste, egg shells, etc. ( no meat/protein)




I mix some dirt and some of the worm castings from a previous batch into this mix.



   Add worms - we started our worm farm with a pound of red wigglers.  Sometimes our worms do great and reproduce and sometimes they go to the big worm farm in the sky. This year we had to get new worms.


Small batches of household waste take about a month to turn into this!



It's worm poop.



AKA, a bucket of the best fertilizer ever for our garden.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the system we've been using!







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