Reviewing Our Worm Farm

I have been reviewing my post about ‘recycling household waste using a worm farm’.   

 

After reviewing the video attached to this post, I noticed there were a couple of things I said that I needed to research. I mentioned the bad smell of the worm farm & the small flies.  What can be done??????????????????

 

Again it is a local council website that comes to my rescue.  Wollongong City Council 

 

Here is what the Wollongong Council website suggested:

 

There are lots of small flies.  Are these a problem?

These are vinegar flies. They are not a problem, but an indication that you are over-feeding your worm system. Reducing the feeding rate should help.

 

My worm bin smells.  What should I do?

This is a sign of anaerobic conditions. Stop feeding and stir the material with a small fork and add lime.  (* see below)

 

It looks as if we are creating too much organic waste for our little worm farm and hence over feeding our worms.  What can I do about this??????  Well Wollongong council website suggested this:

 

How can you help the worms eat faster? 

Shred or mash the food scraps. 

Don’t add too much acidic food such as citrus fruits and garlic; add lime with these. 

Keep the worm system at around 24 degrees. (Celsius)

 

The problem of over feeding our worms (because we have too much organic waste for them to eat) is not the only limitation I have found with having a worm farm.  Worms are a bit fussy on what they will and will not eat.  They are not fond of onions, diary, and citrus and will not eat protein at all.  This means our household is still sending a lot of organic waste to the tip (landfill).

 

I am looking into purchasing a Bokashi bucket for recycling the organic waste that the worms will not eat. 

 

I have a couple of concerns about these Bokashi buckets that I am researching.  I will keep you posted.  Please fill free to leave any suggestions, comments or opinions on Bokashi buckets.

 

* Anaerobic conditions means without air.  See my post on ‘Are worm farms any better than landfill’, which explains anaerobic conditions a little more.

 

 

 


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