How to get worm leachate from a worm bin?
Worm tea brewing in a bucket
I am currently in the process of setting up my worm business as a result of reading the Stephan Kloppert's book "How to start a profitable worm business on a shoestring budget."
My worm bins just don't seem to produce any leachate and I wondered if you have to add water just for the sole purpose of producing leachate.
Hello Paul, thank you for purchasing my book! I trust that it will assist you to start and establish your worm business.
Each worm bin is different and the amount of worm leachate produced in a bin depends on the environmental conditions inside the bin and the kind of food you are adding to the bin.
If you are adding lots of scraps that are not very moist like for example, eggshells, potatoes and dog poop your bin will not produce any leachate as the worm castings in the bin can store a lot of moisture. So in order to get some leachate it is advisable to add some water to the bin from time to time. This has 2 advantages.
1. It prevents the bedding from drying out which could kill the worms and
2. The excess water will absorb nutrients from the worm castings in the bin and will drain into the bottom container of your worm farm where you can tap it off at your earliest convenience. Worm leachate is a nice product for the use at home but worm tea that is freshly brewed is of a superior quality. Therefore I explained in detail in my book how to produce worm tea in large quantities.
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I trust this information will help you. If you have further questions please feel free to contact me again.
Kind regards and happy worming
Author of "How to start a profitable worm business on a shoestring budget"
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