fruit flies in my worm farm and no worm tea??
My worm bin has hundreds of fruitfly (Drosophila melanogaster) in and around it. I put in quite a lot of fruit peelings like paw-paw skins and pips and banana peels. The whole surface looks mouldy and wet. Is that correct? I got the bin on 17 September 2015. To this date there is not a drop of worm tea in the bottom tier. Is that correct? I live in Cape Town.
it is nice to hear from you. I trust that you had a great birthday. Fruit flies are not harmful to your worms but can of course be a nuisance. Many fruit flies get into a worm bin as eggs that have been deposited on fruit peels before they have been added to the worm farm. Than they hatch in the warm and moist environment of the worm farm. One good way to reduce the amount of fruit flies in a worm bin is to place peels like banana peels overnight in a freezer which kills the eggs before they get added to the worm bin. You can find out more about fruit flies and how to reduce their numbers on the following page on my website.
The mold on your pawpaw peels is not a bad thing but it indicates that there is more food inside the worm bin than your worms can consume at this stage. So it might be a good idea to slow the feeding down and give your
worms some time to multiply so they can recycle organic waste at a faster rate. The worms will eat the mold as well so you can just leave it in the bin.
Worm tea is actually not produced by worms as they don't wee but only produce solid waste (worm poop) which we call worm castings. If you want worm tea / worm leachate you will have to add additional water and pour it over the surface of your worm bedding / worm food.
The bedding will absorb the moisture it can hold and the excess water will absorb nutrients from the worm castings inside your worm bin and can be tapped of at the bottom of your worm farm about 30 minutes after you added water to the bin. The product is actually called worm leachate which is beneficial to soil and plants. If you want to improve its capabilities you can use some extra worm castings and a few other ingredients and you can brew them into real worm tea. Follow the link to my page Worm Tea for some more information about worm tea.
I believe you are doing a great job with your worm farm and with a little patience and more practice your worm farm will be thriving in a few month.
If you have further questions please don't hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards and blessings for you and your family from
Stephan KloppertAuthor of
"How to start a profitable worm business on a shoestring budget"