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Douglas J.E. Barnes
31-10-2006, 09:10 AM
My favourite is still the reused sink or bathtub, but using Rubbermaid containers is still better than buying the "green" ready-made $115 worm farm.
Check out the groovy plans. (http://www.klickitatcounty.org/SolidWaste/FilesHtml/Organics/OscrJunior.pdf)
31-10-2006, 01:30 PM
I have one now, and I made it from a scavenged styrofoam container (kerbside cleanups are great ;)) with coir fibre as bedding and hessian as a cover. It is currently sitting on a lid of a crate as I need to find something better for the worm tea to drain into. All up it has cost me $35 (including worms) though it could have been cheaper if I'd known where to get the coir fibre from ;). I have another styrofoam container sitting and waiting for when the other is full.
02-11-2006, 07:48 AM
I built a worm farm similar to the one shown on this site.
David, who was ABC television's Gardening Australia, Gardener of the Year 2000, has long been recognised as one of Tasmania's most respected organic gardening gurus, specialising in worms and organically grown vegetables.
The information provided in this section of Backyard Organic Gardening was written by David , and has previously been published in Gardening Australia's the Organic Gardener magazine.
In recent years, employing fast breeding, specialized earthworms has become a widely accepted way of converting household wastes into plant friendly food known as vermicast.
Nutrients in vermicast are readily available to plants due to an explosion of essential microorganisms. The availability is over 80 percent compared with only 10 percent for aged manure scraped off the stable floor or from under a shearing shed.
So, make no mistake, using worm poo is worth the effort if you are to have the best flowers, veggies and trees in town!
The D.I.Y. system described here should not be compared with the three chambered worm farms sold commercially. These portable 'farms' may be useful for urban gardeners with little space or only a balcony garden, or to teach the family the rudiments of vermiculture. But in my opinion, where space permits, they are only preparatory to building a more practical, full size earthworm bed. You can call it a worm bed, worm pit, worm box or even 'wormery', but all are more appropriate names than 'worm farm', which suggests to me an income-generating livestock breeding enterprise.
Scott A. Meister
14-01-2007, 06:56 PM
Scott A. Meister here...
It's been a long time since I've had both the time and energy to post here, but finally have, not just those two things...but something constructive to add to a post! HOORAY!
Douglas, Tomoko and I both finished a small Permaculture seminar at a cafe here in Tokyo where I gave a presentation on worms and worm farming. I just finished posting the entire presentation, including how to instructions, photos, and helpful information on worms on our blog, which you can see here (http://permaculturetokyo.blogspot.com/2007/01/wealth-and-health-from-waste-and-worms.html)
Enjoy, and let me know what you think!
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