After discovering our family compost bin was in a dangerously anaerobic state I decided a worm farm would be a much more suitable and productive way to deal with organic waste from the kitchen.
Don’t get me wrong, when done right compost is the best option out there but I can’t see my family producing enough waste in one go to make a pile large enough to really get the beneficial bacteria dominating, plus that process takes skill and dedication.
Basically when I want to make a compost heap for the garden I will make it separately and add worm castings and juice to enrich it, but day to day the worms are a better solution to eliminate scraps from the waste stream, a significant problem for municipalities, and to reinstate them as the valuable resource they are instead!
The benefits of a worm farm are many, my main reasons were:
- Compact, making it perfect in an urban setting.
- Low Maintenance.
- Low energy input for high quality output.
- Regular worm juice for watering.
- High quality castings (worm poo), rich in nutrients, minerals and beneficial soil life, to grow great vegetables in.
In the video above I follow the process to set it up and get started. See also this nice Worm Farm Guide (2.5mb PDF) put out by the Australian Department of Environment and Conservation.