Spreading the Worm!
At Juno Heights Garden we organised a number of Open Days in 2017-2018.
Chatting with our visitors I realised that people are often really interested in household scale, worm-based composting, called “vermiculture”. Also, I keep getting random requests for worms.
Kitchen scrap, paper, cardboard, kitchen paper towels, leaves, old pot soil, dust, even cotton-based clothes can all be recycled with the help of worms. The outcome of the process is worm manure or worm compost (and worm tea), that can be applied to the soil to improve its quality. Moreover, worm compost is richer in nutrients compared to “normal” compost, as it is animal manure, not only decomposed plants.
One of the most beautiful permaculture ideas is: “Share the surplus”. I often have a surplus of worms, who are rather active multiplying in my worm tubs and bins.
I am happy to donate worms to you, should you want to start your own worm bin at home!
Imagine this: you can make worm compost on your own, and apply the compost back to the Maltese soil near you! Soil loss in Malta is a very severe issue due to winds, rains, and the lack of vegetation on rotated fields.
Why not turn kitchen scrap back to the soil as rich compost?
Our worm friends can happily help with this.
How can you get the worms?
- I have established a FB Group, for vermiculture. Join in if you wish!
- Prepare your bin, get it ready.
- Contact me and request the worms.
- Take them home, put them into your worm-bin enjoy the experience!
In the FB group, there are a growing number of people who run their worm bins already. You can also announce there if you need worms and maybe our fellow worm farmers can also help you out.
The group is also available to exchange information, show pictures, share success stories or ask questions.
How to set up your bin?
Read this post and follow the pictures. Youtube also has loads of good videos.
It really is rather simple.
Read more about Red Wigglers (Eisenia Foetida).