image Turning Rubbish into Soil

During our permaculture design course (with Geoff Lawton) we were taught about using an old bath tub as our worm farm. This appealed to us both, as neither of us related to the black round things I’ve always called worm jails; I’ve met too many people who didn’t take the best care of these and the worms cooked. (sad face)

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So, here we are with our very own worm compost ‘machine’, changing rubbish into fertile soil. This magic always makes me smile.

Pretty much every day we tip the worm juice onto some plant or other, especially using it to boost the fruiting plants as they’re using lots of energy. Then we sprinkle a watering can of water over the top of the bath to generate more liquid.

Today we wanted to uncover one of our stand alone compost bins, as a fast growing Brunsfelsia latifolia (Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow) had completely screened it. We’ve kept this plant as it offers loads; a great scent, awesome flowers plus it screens the compost bin from our patio.

Our system is very easy. As worms prefer softer foods, we stripped the leaves from the twigs and sprinkled them onto the working half of the bin. (One side is generally ready to use while we feed up the other).

Next we sprinkled a bag of shredded paper and watered the whole lot down. The worms will come up to their more favoured food (the paper) and eat the leaves along the way. Literally changing rubbish into soil.

Because of the size of this worm farm, we can share most compostable items with the worms, avoiding gluts of onions or lemons as well as plants from the Solanaceae family as we’re never sure how they’ll react.

Why not give a worm farm a try for your garden. Regardless of whether you’ve a food or flower garden, this is one of nature’s best foods for plants.

If you have young kids or grandkids, I’ve added a new story to my Kidz’N’Critters series. Wally the Worm is a fun journey in a worm’s life. You can download the verse (no cost) on this web page here.

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Thanks for joining me at Our Small Farm, see you next time. LINDA

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