Five tips for a wonderful worm farm

David and Gabby Locke and the Entire Tech team receiving their Switched on Business Award from City of Armadale Mayor and Chairperson of the South East Regional Energy Group, Ruth Butterfield. They were joined by Cr Aaron Adams (City of Gosnells / SEREG delegate), City of Melville Business Development Advisor Stuart Tomlinson and Sustainability Engagement Officer Jess Sutherland. Photo credit: City of Melville. 

Worms will help you break down your kitchen scraps and give you back nutrient-rich worm tea and castings to use on your garden.

Worm farms take up less space than compost bins and are a great way to engage kids in the process.

Our top five tips for effective worm farming:

  1. Find a cool, shady spot for your farm. Worms are sensitive to heat, especially when the farm is being established
  2. Establish your worm farm in the cooler months. Your worms will cope better in the summer if they have an established farm and lots of scraps and castings to keep them cool
  3. Keep your worm farm moist, adding water as necessary and ensuring that excess water can drain from your farm
  4. Collect ‘worm tea’ (leachate) through a drain at the bottom of the farm and use it (diluted) on your garden. If your worm farm has a tap, try leaving it in the open position with a bucket under it to collect your worm tea
  5. Harvest castings (decomposed material) and use on your garden as a fertiliser

Find out more by attending a workshop or check out this beginner’s guide from Food Wise.

Receive a discount when you purchase a worm farm through Rewards for Residents.