When we first talked about getting an aquaponics kit one of my main concerns was how we would feed the fish. I didn't want to be constantly buying fish food. One of the options is to feed worms to the fish, so I've been planning to get a worm farm established. We had planned to make one from an old wheelie bin, but that project has ended up low on the list since we got the new property. Recently a friend at work told me that worm farms were on sale at Aldi, only $50, and I thought that might be a good way to get started. Farmer Pete's dad has 3 worm farms, so I'm sure you can never have too many! We will make the wheelie bin worm farm later, for now we have a small one to get us started.
I only started with a handfull of worms
Before we decided to try aquaponics, I thought I didn't need a worm farm because with the compost and the chickens I didn't think I'd have anything to feed them, but my compost is full, so there should be plenty for the worms to eat. Before getting the farm, I did quickly read a post on The Greening of Gavin on how to set up a worm farm and other wormy things, so I was prepared to what I found inside my kit. Emma from Craving Fresh has also written about worm farms, so I'm not going to go on about how great they are. I can't wait to have the worm tea for the garden, compost for the garden and eventually worms to feed the fish! I will report back in a few weeks and let you know how the worms are going.
I've had the kit for a few weeks and I've been waiting for worms, but fortunately the same friend cleaned out his worm farm and was able to give me a handful of worms, so the other day we Farmer Pete and Cheryl built the worm farm, and we put the worms in their new home, with a little lettuce from the garden to get them started, and put the farm next to the compost bin.
the dogs check out the box
inside the box
soaking the coconut fibre worm bedding
The coconut fibre ready for the worms
Cheryl and Farmer Pete building the worm farm
The worms in their new home
And tucked up under their blanket
The worm farm in place - yes the grass needs a mow!
My compost is FULL so there will be plenty for the worms to eat!