Starting a Worm farm - 4 things you'll need to get started.
Starting a worm farm is quite simple?
All you will need to get started are:
worm bedding, worm food, worm bins and worms
The first thing you should get when you want to run a worm farm is worm bedding. It is an essential part for each worm bin.
It is the place where your worms live and that they can retreat
to in case of the environmental conditions in the foodlevel are becoming uncomfortable or even life threatening.
You can make simple and low cost worm bedding out of shredded old cardboard
boxes or old newspapers. But stay away from colorful, shiny paper or white copy
To prepare the bedding simply tear the cardboard boxes or newspaper
into thin strips (or if available sent them through a paper shredder) and soak
for 6 to 12 hours in water.
The water should ideally be free of chlorine. If you only have access
to tap water let it stand for a day in an open bucket and much of the chlorine
should evaporate. Let the excess water drain off and add it to your worm bin.
You should get enough bedding to fill up your worm bin with at
least 10cm / 4 inches of material.
Before you add it to your bin let the excess water drain off. Worm bin bedding
must always be moist but it shouldn’t be soggy.
Torn newspaper makes good worm bin bedding.
The next item on your list for starting a worm farm is...
There is one basic rule when it comes to worm food. Worms eat anything
that has ever been alive and is now dead!
So from kitchen scraps like apple
cores, tea bags, used coffee filters or lettuce leaves to human hair, garden
waste, old fruit and animal wastes. The list is virtually endless...
If you just want to recycle waste that is produced in your household
you can just rely on your kitchen scraps and perhaps your garden waste.
eat fresh products and only start to consume organic matter when it starts to
If you intend to create some extra income with your worm farming
project or want to turn it into a fully fledged business you will
have to find a good food source for your worms.
Ideally it should come in unlimited supply and it should be easy to work with.
If you want to find out more about raising
and feeding worms for profit contact me about my book “Starting a worm business on a shoestring budget".
In this book I cover everything you will need to know to earn an income
from your worm composting project.
It is actually not that difficult at all and the profit margins are excellent.
Many kitchen scraps make good worm food.
before you can get there you will need some...
bins are containers that make sure that your worms will have a comfortable home
to live in once they arrive on your premises. They are the next thing you will
need when starting a worm farm.
you are not fussy you can use just any old container out of wood, plastic,
metal or bricks with a size of at least 10 liters/ 2.64 gallons to
set up as a worm bin. Have a look around the house or ask family and friends for some containers that you like and can store on your premises.
Although there is nothing wrong with using different kinds of containers, you should as well consider