2The perfect home
Worms like a comfortable environment that mimics their natural habitat, so the location of your worm farm is important. Your worm farm comes with instructions for assembling the trays, legs, and lid.
Here are some extra tricks that will keep your new army of worms happy and healthy.
Worm farms are best kept outdoors sheltered from direct sunlight and rain, but you can also keep them indoors. Kitchens, balconies, laundries and garages are all great options.
Worms live in the upper tray until it is full, after which you swap the trays around. The trays have holes in the bottom allowing the worms to move up and down. Worm wee and water drain downward with gravity, through the worm saver tray, and collect in the pan underneath your worm farm.
Line the top tray with a few sheets of newspaper. Soak some coconut peat, shredded paper or pure compost in a bucket until soft, squeeze out excess moisture, and put it in the top tray for the worms to live in. Remember to place your worm wee pan under the farm before you start.
Add your worms to the habitat you've created in the top tray. For best results cover them with a worm blanket, clean old cloth, shirt, towel, damp newspaper, or hessian sack. Allow worms to settle for about a week before you start feeding them.
- Avoid direct sunlight whenever possible - worms will die if they get too hot. Short periods of direct sunlight are generally ok but are best avoided, especially in summer.
- On very hot days (over 40 degrees) farms placed outdoors in the shade can still start to warm up. Place a margarine container sized block of ice inside your worm farm and/or drape a wet towel over the farm to ensure your worms stay safe and cool.
- If you need more worms, you can take a handful or two from a friend's worm farm without any harm because both populations will breed to optimum size.
Did you know?
It's OK if you don't have the perfect shelter for your farm, you should:
- Pick the most sheltered spot available.
- Drape a light-coloured towel or cloth over the whole worm farm to shelter it from wind and sun.
- Wet this towel on hot summer days to keep your worm farm nice and cool.