My worm garden

When we first moved into this house, I bought a worm farm.

After a while, well let’s just say, the worms got hungry. “Have you fed the worms?” Oh bugger. No.

After a couple of years, they moved out of their home. Well, that’s what I like to think.

Just over a year ago, I bought a new worm farm. This one incorporates a garden. Both the garden and the worms are doing well.

Why is this worm farm doing well when I neglected to dispose of my kitchen matter in the previous farm?

Convenience: The worm garden is in a convenient place – easy to access.

Look: The worm garden is more attractive so I can leave it in a convenient place in the front yard where I walk past it every day. The old farm was an ugly black box that needed to be raised off the ground so we used milk crates. Ugly. Not something you want front and centre. So I hid it behind a shrub in the back yard where it was out of sight and mind. The new worm farm looks more of a pot with plants growing in it.

It’s a garden! Having plants around it, makes it an interesting object. I point it out to visitors. They’re always interested. The worm farm helps the plants grow. Some plants have done well. The chives are very happy. I haven’t done well with coriander. The chilli plant have given us some chillies.

Moveable: The work farm is light enough to move around, which Mr S does when he mows the lawn. And we move it depending on the plants’ need for sunlight.

We will plan to buy a couple more.

It means less green kitchen waste going into the bin. Given that the tower is small, the worm garden can only take a small handful of waste a day, so two farms should handle our output.

Here’s the supplier: Composta

Currently my basil is dying down. The chives continue to flourish. They have the advantage that the possums don’t like them. There is also a chilli plant and if you look, you can see a chilli resting on the chives.

I will pull out the basil soon and try to grow some mini-rocket.

13 thoughts on “My worm garden

  1. I smiled when I first read your opening sentence – most people buy curtains or a new cooker!
    We generate a lot of compostable material so have two wooden square bins here and three huge ones at the cottage. We are only just getting worms back at the cottage – rumour has it they were eaten by flat worms. Wonder who ate the flat worms.
    Your worm farms are a good idea though.

    • Hahaha. I hung sheets on my bedroom window. They stayed for ages. I did buy a new dishwasher as the one in the house died soon after we moved in. And a washing machine as the laundry was designed to only take front loafers which were not popular or common here in Australia. But are becoming more so as they use much less water.

      Worm farms are very popular here.

      I also started composting garden waste but stopped when work took over and left no time for gardening. When I retire, I will rebuild the compost bin. Now, green garden waste goes in the green bin and the council turns it into compost.

  2. We have one of the big black worm farm boxes (and two composting bin). Ours sits just at the back door, and it works really well. However, I love the elegant design of this Composta system, and it would be perfect for a balcony or small backyard ~ or maybe even a caravan!

  3. What a cool system! Very good point about those old-style ugly black plastic worm bins. We’ve had them at schools I’ve worked out and they just make me feel aversive to using them. I love the look of your system and am going to investigate! We have just a tiny courtyard area but could still fit two of those in. Do you have to dig them out and move them periodically?

  4. Ahh! I just clicked the link and realised it’s an above-ground pot! How awesome for people like us with a patio garden! I thought it was dug into the ground (like a pipe poking out) from the first picture. I want one!!! (Two, actually.)

  5. I got a worm farm for my 2018 birthday. It’s lime green and lives in the garage; but has a bigger capacity than yours. I do much prefer it to bokashi on a smell test!

    • Best “pets” to have if you travel. If mine was in the garage, I’d never go feed them.

      I like the idea of a like green one. Not the black ones that are everywhere.

  6. Is the purpose to get rid of the food scraps (leaving nothing) or to turn them into compost that you can use in a garden? If they create compost, how often can you take some out and use it?

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