I've had a worm farm for quite some time but I'm still not super knowledgeable on the topic. Having done a bit more research it looks like there's some maintenance that should have been done but hasn't. Would anyone be able to give me some advice?
I built it by getting a 190liter/50 US liquid gallon drum and cutting in half. Bottom half is for liquids, top is for castings. I do have a lid and air holes as well.
Basically I haven't rinsed it: I was worried about it getting too saturated with water thereby drowning the worms and creating anaerobic conditions. So it's just kind of been like that for maybe two years or so. There has been some liquid produced though. Quite a bit in fact. The bedding's more wet then you'd make your compost but not drenched at the moment.
At one point it was smelling bad in both the liquid and the bedding. It's not there any more as far as I can tell, but I didn't really do anything to fix it.
My plan is to get some 20liter/5 gallon buckets and make a couple of tiered systems. because this huge pile of castings isn't manageable the way it's set up at the moment.
My questions are:
- Is there an optimum ratio of bedding material to casting material? At the moment most of the material in the farm is castings.
- I have a huge pile of worm castings to deal with. Any ideas on what I can do with/how I can store such a quantity?
- How wet *should* the bedding be?
- If I only drained it now, after all this time would the liquid be too toxic to use? what about the castings?
- Is there a limited time that the beneficial bacteria will stay alive in the liquid produced? Do you need to aerate the liquid in order to store it long term?
Despite all this, worm population seems to be going pretty strong. I know I haven't done my due diligence and I have a lot of work ahead of me. Any advice would be really appreciated.