The Worms as Eco Engineers The common to garden earthworm burrows horizontally. They feed on dead leaves and vegetation, which they drag down in their burrows and digest together with soil. They cast down in the burrows as well as on the surface. They like the protection of pots and stones, where they can be found. The earthworms’ burrowing creates a multitude of channels through the soil, which enables better aeration and drainage.
The Worms as Recyclers The worms will feed on most of the kitchen scrap you throw in the garbage bin and turn it in to rich soil, which is rich in Nitrogen, Potassium and Phosphate, ready for the plants to absorb. They will recycle
Coffee grounds and tea leaves
Avoid citrus fruits and onions.
The Worms are Eco Friendly Compost recycle bins emit methane gas, which is a greenhouse gas. The worms do not.
The Worms will appear spontaneously Once you establish a mobile feeding station on a spot in your garden, they will come as soon as you put the food out for them. After 2 - 3 months you will notice that they reproduce very fast. If there is no worm activity after one month, it would be necessary to introduce 10 to 20 to get the farm started. If there are no worms, the reason could be that you have used ”snail bait” or the soil is poor.
Recycle your black plastic pots For feeder stations you can use black plastic planter pots, that you normally throw away in the bin in the Vegetable Garden. Maybe camouflage them with colours.
Establish the feeder station Dig a hole at the place where you want the station. It has to be 5 - 10 cm deep and the pot or the vessel you use should fit snugly into it. Fill the hole with “Food” from the kitchen. Press the pot down into the hole to cover the food. If you have a top loaded station, you just keep putting the food into the vessel from the top. If you use a plastic pot, you will have to lift the pot up and put the food into the pot and quickly flick it back into the hole.
Feeding Time You can feed every week if you have enough kitchen scrap to go around all stations. Put a handful of soil on the top of the food, because the worms need soil to grind and digest the food.
Reproduction The worms start to reproduce within the first month
Time to stop the feeder station After 6 to 12 month you can move the station. Stop feeding the worms 2 weeks before you want to move it. Then lift the pot up scraping the leftovers and worms up and put them back into the pot, ready for the next location. The worm farm swings into action faster, if you bring some worms to the new location. Cover the area with a newspaper for a couple of days to allow the remaining worms to go under cover. The blackbird will eat them if they are exposed.
It is dirt cheap It does not cost you anything and you get the world’s best fertiliser F.O.C.
They came, they ate, they burrowed, they pooed, they multiplied and they moved.
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