Instructions: For Putting Compost Worms Into Gardens
by Brian Donaldson – 0419 419 572
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Putting Composting Worms Into Your Garden
To use composting worms in your garden, you have to setup some conditions for them.
The easiest trick I can teach you is to use a garden feeding station.
This is basically a bucket buried in the garden where you feed the worms food and bedding and they use it as a “base” to work out from.
Here’s a link to my Youtube video showing how to make one:
Some people use “worm towers” made from rain water pipe to do the same thing – but as worms work on surface area you wont get many worms into one, nor be able to feed it very much per week – but it’s certainly an option to consider in smaller gardens or even large pots.
How To Setup The Feeding Station:
Put some ripped up cardboard in the bottom of the bucket – but moisten it first (cardboard is really the best bedding). The cardboard ius best from brown cardboard boxes, ripped into about palm sized pieces. Toilet paper tubes and egg cartons are also great. Make this about 10 cm deep.
Then put some handfuls of ripped newspaper balls in there. Just rip the newspaper from the spine into strips, moisten it and ball it up about as big as a tennis ball. Put about 6 balls in.
Then put another 5 cm deep layer of moistened cardboard in there. Then if you have it 2 or 3 handfuls of old well aged grass or leaves (moistened of course.)
See my other (included) instructions on the care of composting worms re feeding etc.
The Next Best Things You Can Do:
If you are intent on releasing compost worms into the garden directly, rather than have them in a separate farm, you need to setup conditions which will benefit them.
Yes, our old friend mulch. Mulch helps retain moisture, insulates the ground from the heat and breaks down to supply food for the worms and the other bugs and organisms that inhabit the soil.
Mulch the garden with something that will break down and feed worms in your garden – both composting worms and soil dwellers.
Great choices are lucerne mulch and sugar cane mulch. But other options are any old cheap hay or straw – you can often find rain damaged stuff quite cheap. You can also use grass clippings from your yard. It needs to be about 5cm thick.
If you wanted to put down wood chips instead for the “look” of them – I would advise mulching with Lucerne or sugar cane FIRST then putting wood chips on top of that. Wood chips ARE good for longer term mulching, but on the first application they wont break down quickly enough to feed the soil food web.
Worms – and all the other microorganisms in the soil food web – need moisture to survive. Just like your plants. So keep the garden nice and moist.
Plant Lots Of Plants
Planting lots of plants in the garden will help keep the garden soil cooler. It makes a better habitat for the worms.
Use “Organic Matter” As Fertilisers
Adding organic matter to your garden as a fertiliser is a great way to help out the worms and other micro organisms. It is MUCH better than using chemical fertilisers which have an impact on the soil micro organisms. Good options are compost and worm castings/vermicompost.
Using less chemicals will help the micro organisms in your soil prosper. Chemicals have been shown to reduce a soils fertility.
Chemical fertilisers also make plants weaker and more dependant on chemical fertilsers and pesticides.
Whereas a good microbially rich compost or worm castings/vermicompost feed the soil food web, strengthen plants and increase their resistance to pests, meaning less pesticides need to be used.
Drawing In Native Earthworms
All of the things mentioned above will also help draw in and nourish native earthworms – and help them to grow and prosper.
Have a read of my other info pieces on my site, about raising composting worms. Theres TONS of info on my website and Youtube channel.
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