Good garden health starts with good soil and one of the easiest ways to improve soil health is to add organic matter, especially in the form of solid and liquid worm castings. This simple act alone introduces fantastic microbiology and nitrogen-fixing bacteria to your soil, improving gardening yields exponentially.
Worms can also be added to your garden for even more life – they’re fantastic at breaking down organic minerals, returning even more nutrients to the soil.
Composting worms are best for fruit and vegetable kitchen scraps and soft vegetation, however, not so much garden waste.
Composting worms, vermicast and worm juice can be purchased from Gympie & District Landcare.
- 2 litres of liquid castings retails for only $3 (dilute with water to a 10:1 ratio)
- Buckets of 1000 composting worms retail for only $45
- Buckets of solid castings retail for $15 and refilling your bucket with castings is only $10, saving you $5!
By reusing our buckets we aim to reduce plastic waste going to landfill.
The worms are packed fresh, and consists of five different species including Reds, Blues, Tigers, European Nightcrawlers and Gardeners Friend. These worms are perfect to start or add to a worm farm, which is a great option for those who may not have a lot of space to make their own compost piles, and even those who would like to minimise their kitchen waste.
Worm farms should be kept in a sheltered and shady location, and somewhere relatively close to the kitchen is convenient too. Having your own set up is a fantastic option to have solid and liquid castings on tap (literally!), both of which can be mixed with water to produce an amazing liquid fertilizer. A flourishing worm farm will increase its population if the space and food scraps provided permit, with worm numbers doubling every few months, but they can only process a limited amount of waste so it’s recommended that beginners start with 1000 worms per household member.
If looked after correctly, a worm farm won’t smell or attract pests so make sure you have a chat with the team at Gympie & District Landcare to gather enough information to manage a successful worm farm if this is of interest. Yvonne is especially knowledgeable on all things worms, and is to thank for this fantastic addition to the centre. All profits support their Biocontrol Insects reading facility, and many other Landcare projects.
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