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Worm Farm Troubles

I have had a worm farm for roughly two years but im sure im not managing it correctly..the compost is very compacted and the worms are abundant but not eating as much as I have read about..any ideas???

jstr12
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How often are you emttying the compost? You might be overloading it. How wet is it in there? Too mwet will make the compost compact when you drop scraps in.

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opabinia51
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You should be turning the compost regularly as well to keep it aerated if the worms can't do it on their own. Use a pitch fork rather than a shovel as a shovel as a shovel will slice and dice the worms.

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you should be turning your bedding on a weekly basis and applying lime also 1-2 times a month.feed should be of a protien source.purina worm chow is great feed.compaction is also caused from too wett sometimes also....i think starting a routine of turning your bedding and adding fresh bedding every 60-90 days is a good regiment for you...only feed what they will eat in a 24 hour period or risk mold......soil ph is important and must be limed as needed...minimum of 1-2 times a month lightly cast some crushed limestone on your beds then water lightly.allow worms to go dwn before you apply lime or feed ,always,...

cajun

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WOW!! Thanks all of you...
I have decided to transfer the whole thing to an old cast iron bath with an enamel inside, I thought of breaking up the existing compost, mixing in old egg cartons & shredded paper with a dry leaf mulsh.
Then giving a sprinkle of lime ( i havent done this for a while so i think they need it :lol: ) that should dry things out a bit, we have had torrential rains as we are in the grip of winter, but I will cover the whole bath better.
Thank you I will keep you posted on how things progress. I have to think of a way to drain the precious worm tea..hosepine attached to a funnel, the funnel would sit inside the plug hole..what do you think??? Suzi.

opabinia51
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Eggshells work better than lime because they contain NP and K and also are a slower release of calcium. And they are basically free. I get mine from local cofee shops and cafeterias.

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thank you again, I use egg shells in my feed mix. all those beautiful free range eggs I am lucky to get from my beautiful chickens...Suzi

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You are most welcome.

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