Three Myths about Compost Worm Farming


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When I started growing my own vegetables, I knew that I wanted to use organic gardening methods. And the best way to fertilise is to make your own compost. This has the added benefit of reducing kitchen waste as it is recycled back into the garden.

I tried several methods of composting, but nothing worked for me. This was a huge disappointment because I really wanted to make my own compost and grow organic vegetables. Finally I tried a compost worm farm and it was so much easier than I expected!

I’m not one to stick to the rules, so I’ve pushed the boundaries and discovered that much of what you read about compost worms is a complete myth. They are actually really easy to look after. Here’s what I’ve learnt from my compost worm farming adventures: 

Myth 1: Compost worms are fussy eaters

You will find a list of things that compost worms apparently don’t eat, however I threw away the list and put anything organic (i.e. anything that was once alive) into the worm farm. This includes citrus peels and onion, I even given them the odd scrap of meat or cheese. Compost worms enjoy anything that is rotting, they actually feed off the bacteria, rather than the plant material. As long as you don’t fill your worm farm with acidic scraps, they will consume it eventually. You can also throw in a bit of lime and other minerals to help balance the pH and to make even better worm compost (vermicast). I also put shredded paper, weeds and cow manure in my worm farm. I find that the worms particularly enjoy hiding in avocado skins and eggshells.

Myth 2: Compost worms don’t live in your garden

At first I thought I had to be really careful to pick out all the compost worms when I wanted to use any of the vermicast in my garden. Most information about compost worms states that they will die in your garden. Then I got lazy and just scooped the compost out when I needed it, compost worms and all. Then I read that compost worms actually attract other earthworms in your garden! And as long as you are putting tasty mulch and manure on your garden, that will start to rot, the worms will have plenty to eat and will hang around. 

3/31/2021 11:42:45 PM

Hi Liz. Had my worm "condo" in my living room for a year now and am still learning! But this article, I just had to say, is the most informative I've read about vermicompost to date! Thanks very much and best to you. Carol

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