i just use a old bin in the garden
fill it with horse muck and worms from a farm
and they will last for ages
you just have to go to the farm and restock every 6 months or year
depending on how often you use worms
It all depends on how often and how many worms you'll be using.
At the end of the day though they are a good idea for turning kitchen waste into compost/liquid fertilizer for the garden, the by-product is a steady supply of worms for bait icon_smile.gif
Here's a link to a worm breeder if you want some stock: http://www.willyworms.co.uk/
itend to get through a lot of worms during river season over a w/e
probally 300 lob worms & 1,500 red so for me its down the farms for
red worms & over the playing fields at midnight for the lobs
i do have a wormery in the garden about 4ft sq. for standby
i wouldnt be without it.
hi dai fish
this is how i built mine
a piece of ground about 4ft sq 3 x 3 post in each corner about 3ft above ground some old scaffolding boards cut to size & nail on to posts to form box frame .
then go to a friendly farmer or someone who keeps horses & get enough rotted stuff hopfully it will have a supply of worms in it
then just keep it damp & cut an old bit of carpet to lay on top of muckto keep it from drying out then every so often fork it over & top it up with fresh manure also you can put all your grass cuttings & veg peelings ect in it.
well thats how i done mine
yes i agree that worm farms are very handy as stand bys, what i use is a big plastic kids toy box (3.5 feet x 3.5 feet by 3 feet deep) , have a compost heap in the garden so every now and then i do a half hours digging in the heap and throw all the worms in the farm. one thing i find brilliant to add to the compost to attract and hold worms is used chip grease, they LOVE it.
i find farms very useful and they dont need much maintainance.
Here's a bit of info for anyone wanting to build their own wormery:
How to Build a Wormery:
Boxes made from wood, styrofoam or other plastic material are ideal. Wood is better as it is more absorbent and provides better insulation for the worms. Metal containers should be avoided as copper and zinc may concentrate in the finished vermicompost .
A 60 x 90 cm box with a depth of 30 cm is sufficient to compost food scraps for a family of four people. Clean the box and punch small 1 cm holes all over the sides and bottom for ventilation and drainage. Line the box with several sheets of newspapers and half fill it with well-rotted moist compost. Alternatively, tear newspapers or cardboard into strips and soak in water and let drain. Fill 1/3 of the box with this shredded paper bedding and mix in soil to provide grit for the worms digestive system. Other materials suitable for bedding are shredded dead leaves, straw, sawdust and peat moss. Bedding made up of various materials provide more nutrients for the worms and result in better productivity.
You will require about 1000 worms to start. Cover the top with a sheet of hessian, or several pieces of newspaper to keep the environment moist and light out. Close with a tight fitting lid to keep pests and rain water away. Water well to keep moist but not soggy. Raise the box on bricks or wooden blocks and place a tray beneath to capture excess liquid which can be used as liquid plant fertilizer.
Start with a small amount of fruit and vegetable scraps in the first week, about 500 grams to begin with. Gradually increase the amount weekly as the worms begin to multiply. Every few days add water if necessary to keep the hessian damp, and the wormery moist. The worms will die if it becomes dry. Highly acidic waste such as citrus and onion peels are not recommended as the acids can kill the worms.
Assuming that you didn't remove any worms, after about six months you will probably have 8000 worms, which can devour up to 4 kilograms of food scraps a week!
Stu just placed an order online with wiglywigglers for 1.5 kg of worms and they came two days later icon_smile.gif
i made a worm farm about 3 months ago i havent checked it ye.
i made it by Smashing my mums old cupboard down i buly like a 4 ft buy 2 ft box in the ground filed it up with 100 litres of compost and peat...
I just put worms in i have about 200 red worms i know not alot im a just guna leave it and wait till september and about 100 lobs..