5 reasons to have a worm farm
- reduce your waste to landfill – with all the publicity generated from the recent War on Waste series, the time has never been better for finding simple solutions to big waste problems. Sending organic waste to landfill is not only a waste of resources, but it decomposes without oxygen (anaerobically) releasing harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Did you know you can feed your worms almost anything that was once living – this includes fruit and vegetable scraps, cooked food, cardboard, newspaper, eggshells and egg cartons and garden cuttings.
- make your garden flourish – worms turn the nutrients in your waste into a form that is available for plants to take up and use. Worm leachate and worm castings are the best all-round slow-release fertilisers for your garden. Leachate can be harvested daily from your hungry bin and poured straight onto your veggie patch or diluted if you want to spread it around. Worm castings are full of minerals essential for plant growth such as nitrates, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and calcium. Castings smell better than most other fertilisers and are pH neutral – they will not burn the roots or trunks of your plants so you can spread it around happily or mix it into soil.
- worms take up very little space – the hungry bin requires a footprint of just 60cm x 60cms. It should be positioned in a shady spot but can be moved as the frame is on wheels. You can position your hungry bin in a garage, on a balcony, down the side of a house, in a drying court or in the yard under a shady tree.
- no additional expenses – once you have your worm farm purchased and setup with bedding and worms there will be no additional cost to maintain it. Your worms will eat your waste from the kitchen and garden along with old newspapers, brown paper bags, egg shells and egg cartons, cardboard, vacuum dust and even pet hair. Not only are your worm friends free to feed, but will even save you money in commercial fertilisers and compost.
- worms do not smell – your worm farm should have a faint earthy smell but should not smell at all unpleasant. Keeping your worm farm smelling fresh is easy; just follow a few simple rules. If your worm farm smells you are either feeding it too much food, the wrong types of food, or it may be too wet. All of these things can create an anaerobic environment, or make the bin too acidic (which worms do not like). These situations are easily solved by slowing down food supply, removing any excess food, and holding back on citrus, meat and other acidic foods. Adding shredded newspaper can help soak up excess moisture and restore the balance. See the Happy Worms page for more information.
- you will grow to love your humble little friends – as your initial population of worms start multiplying and you can watch your waste being turned into solid gold before your very eyes, you will.. trust me… have a whole new appreciation for these little guys. You may even find yourself stopping by for a little visit instead of just throwing in the scraps and heading back to the kitchen.
The Hungry Bin makes worm farming easy and fun! Check out our shop for more information and how to order.