Sunday, August 08, 2010
My Balcony Worm Farm is from the local hardware store. But many local councils are encouraging residents to recycle food scraps and garden waste at home by selling low cost equipment. As an example, the Leichardt Council sell: Compost bins $50.00, Wormfarms $64.00 (not including worms) and Bokashi Bucket $68.00 (with Bokashi Mix $6.60). This compares well with the prices on Amazon.com of the "Tumbleweed" worm farm.
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I used to have three large plastic buckets, like this -- http://www.paulasbread.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/5e06319eda06f020e43594a9c230972d/f/o/food-safe-plastic-bucket-new_1.jpg -- where I kept a mix of worms, dirt, water, and food scraps. I drilled a ring of a few holes around the bucket, about 15cm from the bottom, to ensure that the worms wouldn't drown (i.e. the "dirt & scraps" level was above that. I'd fill and mix bucket A, then progress to bucket B, etc. Occasionally I'd dump some water in there. Seemed to work.
Cost: free (worms from my parents' back yard; I think found the buckets in a dumpster).
Oh: And save the lids that the buckets come with, as that cuts down on the smell.
Had it outdoors on my balcony, but out of direct sunlight.
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