Warning: Post contains images of wriggly (and out-of-focus) worms!
My ‘re-conditioned’ worm farm has been up and running for a couple of weeks now. Here are my early discoveries:
1. 499 housemates really aren’t enough (when you’re a compost worm).
Having read several different suggestions of how many worms a worm farm should be started with, I have since found Red Worms informative blog which told me two very important things. apparently worms eat half their body weight each day and it takes 90 days for worms to double their number. I realised from this that if I really wanted my compost turned into wonderful worm tea in the foreseeable future, I needed more worms! Another 500 worms have just moved in to the apartment today.
2. Strawberries are favourite.
So far the worms have tried potato peelings, bananas and few strawberries that have gone mushy. They like the bananas, but they looooove strawberries. They are not particularly fond of potato peelings, but I guess I wouldn’t take those over strawberries and bananas either! I am however a little worried that too many strawberries might be a bit acidic, so I won’t go too overboard with them.
3. Don’t overfeed the worms!!!
OK, so I said in the original post that I stared the worms off with about a cup full of food. Well, that was a little inaccurate. An over-generous hand of what was probably closer to three cups was too much for my newly settling worms who don’t need much in their first week or two. The compost was rotting quicker than they could munch it and this resulted in a need to distribute a little garden lime in the farm to get things sorted.
4. Learn a little patience *sigh*
Now I just have to be patient and wait for my worms to settle and re-produce and, most importantly, start producing some wonderful worm wee for my garden!
More later on how things develop!