Having an organic garden is a great way to produce fresh chemical free
vegetables to feed your family and friends. When growing organic
vegetables the success results can differ from each gardener due to a
number of factors.
One main reason why beginner gardeners donít grow healthy vegetables is
because the soil they use doesnít have enough nutrients for the plants.
In order to enrich the soil a lot of gardeners add some compost to the
An easily way that any gardener can produce their own compost is
setting up a worm farm in their home. The compost produced by the worms
can be used to grow healthy organic vegetables.
Worms are wonderful, they naturally take great care of the soil and
make it richer and more aerated than it would otherwise be. Worms may be
wriggly and slightly slimy, but the world and our gardens are a much
richer place because of the hard work they do.
Worms naturally break up the soil, and consume an incredible amount of
organic material, in fact as much as half their body weight every single
Setting Up Your Worm Farm
If you would like to buy a worm farm, you will find there are a lot of
different worm farms for sale. There are so many different types, you
might not know where to start looking. If you would like to add a unique
touch to your new worm farm, you may want to think about making it
yourself. Itís quite an easy thing to do, and it involves a bit of time
and effort, and using some recycled materials that would have found
themselves in a scrap heap somewhere.
Using A Plastic Crate
If you have, or you can get your hands on a nice plastic crate, you
could potentially use this for your worm farm. Any plastic crate that
comes with a lid is ideal, but you will need to drill some air holes
Once you have drilled the holes, make sure you fit a tap to the bottom
of the crate so you can drain out the fertilizer once it has been made.
This fertilizer is wonderful and will work well on your garden once it
has been diluted. Ideally about 1 part fertilizer to 10 parts of water
should be sufficient, and can be added to your plants via a watering
Using A Styrofoam Box
If you consider yourself to be ĎGreení, youíll no doubt be very aware
of the fact that Styrofoam lasts a very long time. This is a great
reason to use a Styrofoam box as a worm farm, rather than placing it in
Whatís more is this hardy material is a great insulator and is
therefore ideal if you want to keep your worms nice and warm during the
colder months. Although you should still make sure your worms are warm
enough during the winter, a Styrofoam box will make them a little
Using A Tyre
If you happen to have a spare tyre hanging around the place, you may be
interested to know it can be used as a worm farm. Tyres are ideal
because they last long and can form a solid structure that your worms
are sure to love.
A tyre sat on bricks and wood with holes drilled into the tyre so the
liquid escapes is perfect. A small tub placed under the holes ensures
the liquid fertilizer is caught. Place an old trash can lid or piece of
wood on top of the tyre so it can be used as a lid.
Using A Bin Or A Barrel
Itís incredibly easy to make a worm farm from an old bin or even a
barrel. As with a farm made using a tyre, the bin or barrel need to be
built on a raised platform so it can sit there quite nicely away from
the ground. You should also ensure there are plenty of holes made so the
liquid is able to escape.
Itís very easy to get your hands on some unwanted wood, and you may
know someone who wants to get rid of a pile. Worm farms can easily be
built using wood, as itís easy to construct a box shaped farm, just make
sure you create a hinged lid, or one that can easily be lifted off.
Worm farms can be built out of wood, in box form, with a hinged or lift
off lid. A number of gardeners owning a farm use wood to construct one.
Using A Pathway
If you are lucky enough to have an old pathway you donít use very
often, you could potentially turn it into a worm farm. All thatís
required is for you to place down some fruit and vegetables scraps,
before adding the worms and covering them up with some sort of organic
material. If thereís a chance someone may decide to use the pathway, you
may want to place some unwanted pallets on top of the worms so they are
not crushed when the pathway is used.
In order to maintain the pathway, you should dig up the compost and add
it to your garden, doing this just twice a year will ensure the compost
is lovely and rich. If you would like to place plants in the area where
the worm farm is going to be, then planting seeds is ideal as the
amazing fertilizer will do your plants wonders.
Creating A Free Range Worm Farm
The idea of creating a free range worm farm may seem somewhat bizarre,
but itís one that is definitely worthwhile. The idea is that you place
any type of container you wish into your garden and allow your worms to
come a go as they please.
This means your worm farm is completely free range as the worms will
have the ability to travel as far as they want, and stay either in or
out of the worm farm you have created for them.
If you want to create a free range worm farm for them, make sure you
make enough drainage holes so the lovely fertilizer is able to drain out
When this is done, make sure you continuously place kitchen scraps into
the buckets so your worms have plenty to eat.
Garden Composting Success
Once you have kept a worm farm for a few weeks, you will begin to see
how good they are at breaking down your compost and making it fine a
beautiful. It will then be perfect for putting on your garden. You may
wish to dig your worms out now and again and place them in some more
compost, but ideally you should leave them be and keep adding compost
and using the liquid fertilizer on your garden.