Create your own worm farm
■ Many people express an interest in worm farming in the Pilbara, but many find it hard to know where to start.
Luckily help is on hand at the Karratha Community Garden by our local worm farming expert, Alison Bruce.
By learning through experience, you can create your own worm farm, building a fascinating ecology filled with fabulous and generally well behaved pets.
Worm farming has several benefits, with the castings (worm manure) well known to be an effective soil amendment.
Another benefit is through reducing the amount of food scraps going to landfill.
Compostable waste slowly releases methane into the atmosphere, which is a highly potent and damaging gas accelerating climate change.
The first thing that one needs for starting a worm farm is something to put the worms in.
There is a fantastic array of commercial options out there and a search online will lead you to all manner of different home-made designs.
Unless your worm farm is staying inside, avoid the dark coloured worm farms are designed for colder climates.
Styrofoam boxes are the perfect solution for the Pilbara; using these both reuses items destined for landfill and their colour and thickness helps keep the temperature down.
Once the farm is constructed it needs some residents. It is important that these are composting worms and not earthworms.
As ants do the job of worms naturally in the Pilbara, composting worms will normally need to be purchased.
The most important part is to keep things cool, particularly over summer.
The best method is to put frozen bottles of water on the top of the farm each morning.
For more information, come to the community garden on Saturday from 3-5pm for the busy bee or email karrathagarden@gmail. com.