Worm Farms for Beginning Gardeners

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By Richard Godke

Worm Farms for Beginning Gardeners provides a quick and easy instructional video on how to start a worm farm for beginning gardeners. Why Raise Worms? You can turn food waste into an Eco-friendly, economical, organic fertilizer. The worm castings are superior over traditional compost because it includes living organisms like microbes, bacteria, fungi, and protozoans. This is what keeps garden soil alive so plants can thrive.

Worm Farms for Beginning Gardeners – Step By Step

1. Drill 125 ?-inch holes in top.
2. Fill tote halfway with torn cardboard and paper.
3. Add 1 cup of starter garden soil or compost from another worm farm.
4. Add about 1 gallon of water or enough to bring to about 60 to 90% moisture.
5. Let bedding rest for 3 to 5 days, undisturbed.
6. Place the tote in a location, out of the sun, with a consistent temperature,
between 59-86°F (15-30°C). The ideal temp is 77° F (25° C)
7. Add 1000 Red Wiggler worms covered by several thin layers of bedding.
8. Add new food waste covered by several thin layers of bedding.
9. Check the temperature and replenish worm food, bedding, and water
10. Harvest the worm castings and apply to soil. Start a new worm group.

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Rick Godke is a lifelong gardener since age 8. He studied agriculture and taught high school horticulture. He spent almost 20 years working as a County Extension Agent in three states where he educated farmers, home owners, and youth in the areas of production agriculture and home horticulture. Godke has trained adult Master Gardeners and school-age 4-H members in every aspect of gardening, as well as establishing community gardens. He has introduced two daylily varieties with the American Hermerocallis Society and has served as a national certified national daylily exhibition judge. https://plus.google.com/104974890596183747499?rel=author

6 thoughts on “Worm Farms for Beginning Gardeners”

  1. Good news: Yes, red wiggler worms are eatable (cook to internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit) and provides a very good source of protein without the fat. Check out this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1YHQmNoQpk Bad news: they taste like dirt, and not much left if you filet them. Red wigglers worms are not a internal parasite danger to humans and will not enter your body when you are sleeping. If their environment is not pleasant they might try to climb out. So provide plenty of ventilation and do not over feed.

    1. As a gardener the real advantage comes from the compost. Regular composting heats up the materials and kills most of the beneficial soil organisms. Worm castings contain live organisms such as bacteria, fungi and other soil borne organisms. This helps your soil deal with a constantly changing environment.

  2. Red wiggly worms can be purchased at your local bait shop. Although the price is about $0.14 per worm. You can purchase worms from commercial farms for about $30 per 1000 or about $0.03 per worm. Red wiggly worms work the best, because they feed toward the top of the soil rather than going deep and will work in a wide range of temperatures. 1000 worms are recommended to start your worm farm. You can start with less worms, but it takes approximately 11 weeks for the new egg casings to hatch. So if you’re not in a big hurry, you can get by with fewer worms. If you start out with a lower number of worms, make sure not to over feed. for more worm info check out http://homegardeningforbeginners.org/featured/worm-facts-beginning-gardeners/

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