The only people in the world who may actually say ‘yes’ to that question would have to be gardeners!
After just over a month, the worms have well and truly settled in and are starting to produce ‘liquid gold’. That gold is of course, worm tea, or more accurately, worm wee and manure (‘manure’ does seem like a big word for a little worm, doesn’t it?)
Anyway, here are the latest ‘worm learnings’ from my trial and error composting worm bin:
1. Lime is fine.
The air vents in my old ‘re-constructed’ worm bin were missing the inserts to exclude flies. After a couple of weeks I did have a few vinegar flies starting to hover in the bin, which wasn’t helped by my overfeeding them in the settling period. However, the problem was easily solved by covering the air vents with some flywire and sprinkling some lime in the bin.
2. Don’t drown the worms.
My worm bin is outside under a shady tree. The worm bin, which was meant to be designed for outdoor use, has vents in the lid as well as the sides, which I hadn’t paid much attention to. Recent rain resulted in quite a lot of water getting in. Luckily I discovered this before the poor worms had to swim for it!
3. Don’t bake the worms.
At this time of year we can go from a day of rain to a week of baking heat. I’ve had to ‘water’ the worms lightly a couple of times when the paper at the top of the worm bin was looking a bit dried out, but generally they seem to stay happily damp.
If you’re interested in starting up a worm bin/farm, there is some getting started info here and some other helpful links in my sidebar.