Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Worm Farm is Complete!

We tried a worm farm on our own about a year ago, but we were keeping it outside since it was summer and some sort of animal got into it. We came outside one morning to add scraps and it was all dug up with few worms left.

Still, this did not discourage us from trying the whole thing again. We recently saw a worm farming workshop at our own fabulous Children's Museum and Theater of Maine, and we just had to participate. The result? We have a healthy, happy worm farm once again (which we are keeping in the school room both for observation and convenience)!

For those who may not know, worm farms are a great way not only to dispose of unwanted kitchen scraps (the same types that I would normally give the chickens or compost), but also to generate some fabulous free fertilizer. Once every couple of months or so we will be able to take out the castings (worm poop, but kind of just dirt) and put them into our garden- a fabulous resource for plants!
Covering air holes with drywall tape to prevent worm escape.


Dumping the worms into the tub (aka "the farm")

The Red Crawlers in their new home

Soaking paper shreds to keep the soil (and worms) damp, then tranferring them to our "farm"

Even Eleanor gets in on this action!


The worms and soil covered with newspaper scraps
Happy little worms who are making free compost for us!

7 comments:

  1. Hummm, bees and worms are equally magnificent I think, but do serve different purposes. Perhaps it's just hard to compete with the taste of honey... :)

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  2. Is there a tuturial on how to do this? It looks like a storage container with dirt, worms and moist paper. Is that all? I see the four holes drilled in the top of the container with drywall tape. Do you just drop the scraps in? How is the smell?

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    1. Hi Shelley, I will work on getting a more specific tutorial up on the blog, but for now, yes- you have the right idea. We used a plain old Rubbermaid tub with six holes drilled into the top, each covered with drywall tape. Red worms are sold in containers with dirt, so we dumped the contents of one container (sorry, I don't remember how large the container was) into the tub. We then dampened some newspaper strips (damp, not wet- we had to wring out the paper the littler kids were helping with) and covered the dirt and worms. That was it to begin. Check out these worm composting sites for more info (I use the first as my primary resource):
      http://wormmainea.com/
      and
      http://castawaycompost.com/Castaway_Compost/FAQ.html

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    2. Oh, and smell is a non-issue. It smells like the woods after a good rain, if anything. It's an earthy, fertile smell- not rotting food.

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