Worm composting is the ‘golden ticket’ when it comes to maximising the produce from your garden with a natural process. It is a great way to reduce the waste you throw into the landfill and it is a great way to put nutrients back into your garden naturally. Getting started with worm composting is very easy, but there are some very common mistakes that people make. Here we explore these costly mistakes that may leave you wormless:
Letting your worms overheat
In the bright, midday Australian sun your worm bin will be cooking and the worms simply cannot handle the heat. If they don’t manage to escape they will die in a worm bin that is left directly in the sun, so you need to prevent this from happening. There are several ways that you can prevent this:
• Keep the worm-composting bin in the shade and out of direct light at all times.
• Use a compost bin made of light coloured material to keep the heat out.
• Ensure there are holes in the top of the bin that can help to allow the heat to escape.
Overfeeding your worms
While you will need to keep the supply of food up, a common mistake is to give the worms too much too fast. The worms will not be able to eat all of the waste produced by a household and if you fill your bin with composting then it will begin to mould and ferment before the worms get to it. This can clog your bin with rotting food that the worms won’t touch and you’ll soon end up with a wormless compost bin that is not fit for use as soil as it will not be properly decomposed. Instead you should slowly add food waste to the bin, allowing the worms to consume the food they have been given before you add more waste.
Overwatering the worm bed
While the soil will need to be moist so that the worms can live, there should not be too much water in the worm bed. If too much water gets in then the worms will drown in the water and you’ll be left without worms. As well as controlling the amount of water or waste juices that you add, you should also ensure that you are able to protect the worms from a deluge in the rain.
Using big chunks of food
Worms will get through big chunks of food eventually but your bin will be far more efficient if you provide well-chopped waste to your worms. This will speed the process of digestion and will also help to prevent the waste from becoming mouldy before the worms get to it.
Adding too many worms
If you add too many worms to a worm bin then they will crowd each other out and this will result in the death of potentially all of your worms. Contact our team for information on the number of worms to use for each size of bin to enable you to create a healthy and sustainable worm bin in your garden.
Avoid these common and costly worm-composting mistakes and you’ll benefit from a wonderful, natural source of nutrients for your garden and will be able to cut down on the waste that you dispose of.