Recycled Worm Bins

Recycled Bath Worm Farm

Worms R Us Recycled Worm Farm

Bath setup
Remove plug and hole filter.

Wormbath step 1

Optional: 
Drill ten 5mm holes each side, half way up the baths side to increase aeration. Build frame to allow bath to sit securely at a suitable height.
Bricks, posts, blocks may be used for elevation, and for stability i.e. 100 – 150mm height to allow liquid collection container to be placed beneath plug outlet. Bath base must be no less than a 5 degrees fall to the pug outlet to achieve adequate drainage. Place 5 mm gauze or chicken mesh over the pug outlet. Use pumice or scoria as a drainage medium to a depth of 50mm. Cover the drainage layer with shade cloth doubled over cut to fit.

Optional:
Cut 1.5 metres of 65mm perforated drainage pipe and fit over 2 layers of old stockings. This reduces the pipe blocking allowing better aeration and drainage.

Roof:
Use corrugated iron or plywood, ensuring total protection from vermin, rain and allow ventilation.

Worm farm bedding
Add worm bedding to plug end of bath free draining fibrous matured compost is ideal mixed with shredded corrugated cardboard and lunch paper gives increased air availability and reduces the risk of bedding material heating up. WATER WELL. then check for temperatures over 20 degrees. 

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Introducing Compost Worms
Add 500g - 1kg (approx 2000 – 4000 worms) should be enough for your worm farm to cope with 400gms to 800gms of mixed food waste each day. This volume will increase as the worms multiply. Spread worms on to bedding and spread food scraps in one area. Rotate the feeding sites
As the bath fills use a garden fork monthly to loosen bedding, This increases air circulation and reduces bedding compaction. Increase bedding material to cover remaining base.

Wormbath step 4

Worm food
Ideal foods include fruit scraps, tea bags, coffee grinds, egg shells horse manures ,sea weed etc. lunch paper, paper bags, corrugated cardboard. Avoid bread, citrus, meat, dairy products.

Wormbath step 5

Castings Removal
Once the worm farm is full (9 to 18 months), place a plastic sheet or large container next to the bath, with a garden fork remove the top half of the worms bedding. This is undigested food and where the majority of worms will be. Place this to one side. Remove all castings.

Rinse drainage layer thoroughly catching all liquid.

Replace the contents that was put aside and resume the feeding process.
Cover feeding site with carpet. (keep moist).

Your bath worm farm will ultimately digest approx. 1 – 2 litres of mixed organic waste per day.
Avoid fresh lawn clippings as fresh clippings heat up and cook the worms, only apply aged or pre-composted material.

For any unpleasant odours loosen food and bedding with a garden fork, then apply two handfuls of garden lime and mix in and water.

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