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Vermiculture

This group is for anyone who is interested in worm farming as a means of recycling their waste organic materials.

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what is the differance between worm tea and worm wee and the leachade. do you use the liguid the same or use it other ways and can the liquid in the bottom bin can it be used straightContinue

Started by Dorothy Skudder. Last reply by Mark Oct 6.

Anyone in Christchurch happy to give away some tiger worms?

Hi all, I just rescued about 120g of tiger worms (~500 of these amazing fellows) from a neglected worm farm and set up a nice home for them. We still need about ~560g to reach the 680g target, as we…Continue

Started by Youcef Jul 13.

Anyone in Auckland keen to swap some of your worms for some seeds? 2 Replies

Hi, I have just done a reboot of my Hungry Bin and feel that my worm numbers are a bit low for the amount of veggies we seem to go through but the Garden centre worms are painfully expensive. If…Continue

Started by Blair Firmston. Last reply by Blair Firmston Oct 30, 2013.

Lime stone, Slug,snails pallets can kill worms?

Hi Dear,I have some worms sneaked out from the farm area.Does 'Ground lime stone', 'slugs-snails pallets' can kill worms?.JazzyContinue

Started by JAZZY_SUNYA Dec 10, 2012.

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Comment by Iona Bayley on January 21, 2010 at 12:37pm
Add a little garden lime (or small amount of ashes maybe?) to reduce the acidity level....it's probably gone anaerobic which makes pH drop. Also add plenty of dry materials and stir in to increase aeration such as shreaded newspaper, cardboard....don't presoak as normal though as it'll absorb some excess mositure while dry.

What sort of worm farm do you have? Are you able to create an area of new bedding with coir fibre or similar so any surviving worms have somewhere to escape the 'sludge' until the aerobic bacteria take over again?
Comment by Ann Allen on January 21, 2010 at 12:03pm
Help! I've had a worm farm for 5 years and all has been well. Today, however, I went to add some stuff and discovered it had turned to 'sludge' and the worms looked slow and lethargic. What can I do 1. as a remedial/recovery for the worms; 2.to prevent this happening again. All suggenstions welcome NOW please.
Comment by Iona Bayley on January 7, 2010 at 9:17pm
There are a couple of reputable suppliers on trademe. Bedrock (aka Earthly Delights) and Wormz Away spring to mind, but I am sure there are others about too.
Comment by Caroline Wilkinson on January 7, 2010 at 9:05pm
Just joined this group as I was given a worm farm for Christmas. Any advice about where to get the worms from, I live in Upper Hutt, thanks.
Comment by Lynley Young on December 31, 2009 at 8:20am
I now leave the tap open so the water drains into a 2 litre milk container and check it most days. There's often a worm or two in the 2 litre container which I then tip back into the worm bin - and the wee gets watered down and becomes liquid breakfast for some hungry plant.
If your worms are escaping then it could be that they need a little sprinkle of lime.
Comment by Iona Bayley on December 10, 2009 at 8:09pm
It's the worm wee tray that I have some newspaper in my Can-O-Worms.....just a little round the edges. I'm not sure if this is particularly helping or not, but when I kept finding dozens or worms in the bottom at the beginning, I got some advise from the guy who supplied my worms and he does this with all of his worm farms rather than using any sort of rain cover for the unit.
Comment by Megan on December 10, 2009 at 7:38pm
hi, the bottom of first floor tray that the worms live in already has newspaper and cardboard lining it but not the "worm wee" ground floor tray. This has an upturned bucket in it, the theory being that they can climb up it and not drown in the liquid which is another good fertiliser. Next time that I dismantle the trays, will try to remember to take some photos. Checked today and another half dozen had escaped into the lid over the g/fl tray. Not using the second floor tray yet!
Comment by Iona Bayley on December 9, 2009 at 10:46pm
Have you tried putting some shreaded newspaper in the bottom....I was advised to do this by the bloke who supplied my worms. He basically said it stops them drowing, but make sure the tap part doesn't get blocked.
Comment by Megan on December 9, 2009 at 9:49pm
been raining heavily the last couple of days so checked the bottom bin and sure enough, half a dozen worms on the bottom tray lid and a few drowned ones in the bottom tray. Put them back where they should be amongst the food scraps and added more food for them. Will check again tomorrow if the rain continues.
 

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