Cre­ate your own worm farm

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Robyn Gul­liver

■ 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.

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