Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q:
    What can go in my Worm Farm?
    A:
    As a guide worms will eat anything that was once living.
  • Q:
    How do I know if my worm farm has the right moisture content?
    A:
    One of the keys to a successful worm farm lies in maintaining the correct balance of water and air in the system. Worms are very sensitive to drying out as their skin is designed to be constantly moist. So, too little moisture will kill them but we must also realise that they also need to be breathe, so too much moisture will cause them to drown. You may have seen worms on the surface of your soil or lawn during extremely wet periods when the soil gets is constantly waterlogged.
  • Q:
    How do you tell if the worm farm is too dry and how do I fix it?
    A:
    Take a handful of the compost in your worm farm and give it a good squeeze. You should be able to extract a few drops of water but not torrents. Another telltale sign is a general decline in the number of worms in your farm. To fix the problem I recommend you pour a 10litre watering can full through the worm farm straight away and repeat this whenever you notice things drying out or if you are going through a heat wave.
  • Q:
    How do you tell if the worm farm is too wet and how do I fix it?
    A:
    The first sign that your worm farm is too wet is a disgusting smell when you take the lid off . This can sometimes happen if you are adding wet materials such as kitchen scraps at too fast a rate for the number of worms that are there at that time. The bad smell comes because a whole host of microbes that can live with little or no oxygen invade the worm farm and give off smelly by-products such as methane and rotten egg gas (hydrogen sulfide) Also, perform the squeeze test on a handful of the compost in the worm farm and if lots of water can be extracted then you are on your way to the worms drowning or trying to escape from the bins. Another indicator that things are too wet is the appearance of segmented white maggots that are the larvae of the soldier fly and they prefer very sloppy conditions. The solution if things get too wet is to add some coarse material such as hay, straw or shredded newspaper and mix it with the sodden compost and in no time the worms will be back doing their work again.