It has been almost six weeks now since we set up our worm farm (see how we set it up here ), and I am glad to say that we are very happy with it so far!
The only problem we had was when about half of the worms crawled out because I inadvertently drowned them (see post here ). I believe I was right in thinking that with two trays the worms can crawl from one to the other when necessary for the right environment, be it wetter, drier, more food, less food, etc. The bottom tray has almost completely composted already with dark, rich looking compost. There are still a few worms in the processing (bottom) tray, and I think I have found some worm eggs there also.
Last week when I was feeding the top tray (called the working tray) I noticed some little wriggly worms in the compost mix. I quickly got online with the company that produces the worm farm – http://www.naturesfootprint.com – and found that these are potworms, are very common and completely harmless. Apparently the only problem I might have with the potworms is if they over populate themselves and compete with the redworms for food. According to the website Q&A, all I would have to do is soak some break in milk and place it in the worm bin. The potworms will flock to the bread and then I can easily remove the bread with a lot of the potworms. Neat! The potworms may be, however, an indicator that the organic matter I am adding is a bit too acidic, which is easily fixed.
Is there a bad odor? No. At least not yet! I have added my kitchen scraps faithfully in each corner – apple cores, shriveled lettuce, rotting tomatoes, coffee grounds, banana peels and old leaf litter – about once a week since I started. When I examine the bins, all this vegetable and fruit matter is decaying – there is even a little mold in spots – but the only thing I smell is the scent of the ground after a fresh spring rain! Believe me, if it smelled the worm farm would not be in my kitchen. But there it is, right in the corner where I see it every day so that I don’t forget to feed my wriggly pets.
It’s not time to harvest yet. That won’t come for a few months when all four trays that come with the Worm Factory 360 are full. Fortunately that will be just in time to dress our backyard garden! Would I buy this again? You betcha! To see the whole story, visit here .
I have not been compensated in any way for this post. My husband and I bought the Worm Factory 360 for each other with our own funds for Christmas! If I am ever compensated by a product, I will certainly disclose that fact.