Projects – The Worm Farm/Update #2

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I promised when I started this blog to be truthful when a project fails or has a problem.

Vermicomposting (Worm Farming)

Problem #1 – My worm farm is going strong and thriving, but in the time I’ve been “farming” the worms I’ve run up against two very “stinky” problems. Most of the time my worm farm smells fresh, a bit like the fragrance that wafts upward when you rustle your feet along a woodland path. A sure proof way to foul that nice smell is to feed the worms leftover broccoli. OH MY!!! The smell was absolutely horrendous for days. Thankfully the worm farm is in my basement, and the smell didn’t escape too far into main house, but it was definitely noticeable at the top of the basement stairs and in the hallway. Happily, the worms seemed to really like the mushy, stinky broccoli, and ate it quickly. Hooray! But…I will never, ever, ever feed them a cruciferous vegetable scrap again. Only apples and other sweet-smelling leftovers from now on.

Problem # 2 – Do not feed your houseplants the worm tea as fertilizer. The worm tea had very little odor when harvested, but seemed to develop an off odor after applied to the soil of houseplants, even though it was very watered down. Lesson learned – Save the worm tea for outdoor plants.

Problem #3 – I have had two escapees. I think they slipped out the holes in the side. The unlucky fellows didn’t even make it a yard past the worm farm. Since I keep the bin in the basement the concrete floor acted exactly as a sidewalk does…think dried and shriveled worms in the summer sun…the escapees seemed to have instantly dried up and died on the basement floor.

To read about the start of my worm farming click on these links:

The Worm Farm
Worm Farm Update

3 thoughts on “Projects – The Worm Farm/Update #2

  1. 4/11/2013 2013
    hello, my name is Chuck, i like your information you just gave. i started my
    worm farm last mo. with red worms and they seem to be doing well at the
    moment. I ordered some African crawlers this morning since they do not require refridgeration. i live in N. Tx. so far i have fed my worms some pulp from carrots, apples, and grits, ( which ) they ate quickly.
    i will put your name on my E-mail list.


    1. timelesslady

      Absolutely Yes! I always make sure there is some wet/damp cardboard of some kind on the top of the bin. I use damp egg cartons, wet down, excess water squeezed out, and placed directly on top of the castings and food. I also make sure the food is buried within the bedding and castings before I put the cardboard in place. If I don’t have wet egg cartons I use pieces of wet corrugated boxes torn to fit the size of the top. The worms seem to eat the egg cartons very quickly. The corrugated cardboard is good too…they congregate in groups beneath it, but it does not decompose as fast as egg cartons. Even more important to me is the fact that the barrier of cardboard keeps fruit flies away. Thanks for the great question! kathy


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