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Compost,Worms and Soil


Compost,Worms and Soil

A group to discuss the benifits of Compost, Worms and Soil and how we and our plants can learn and interact as a result of these inputs. 

Location: Brisbane and beyond
Members: 33
Latest Activity: May 29, 2020

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Compost Worms and Farms

Started by Dianne Caswell. Last reply by Russell James Jan 30, 2019. 13 Replies

I have found some interesting information and a supplier who is based in Gin Gin, Queensland. I am not sure how his prices compare to others but he does have a variety of species in his mix.Compost…Continue


Started by Christa. Last reply by Russell James Jan 17, 2019. 27 Replies

Our intention, with the soil in our yard is to build it up and let it take care of itself eventually in a natural way.   The wicking bins also need topping up annually.   We are tying to make things…Continue


Water (free) from air = better health

Started by Mark Braz. Last reply by Lissa Mar 9, 2016. 1 Reply

Check this outclean water from our own air, drink yasterdays humidity, no chemicals or additivesSouth Africa are trying to stitch this up…Continue

Tags: solar, water, free

What is Aerobic Compost Tea?

Started by Mark Braz. Last reply by Sophie Mar 8, 2016. 5 Replies

What is Aerobic Compost Tea?Aerobic worm tea is also refereed to as aerobic compost tea, and is known mostly for its ability to boost microbiological activity in soil by adding beneficial bacteria,…Continue

Tags: Aerobic, tea, Compost

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Comment by Lissa on February 11, 2016 at 10:57

Dianne - honestly no. Not in the raised beds where there is already a lot of worm activity and they don't need the towers. I have seen them work well in regular garden beds (Gayle's) and I think that's where they would come into their own.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on February 11, 2016 at 10:24

Lissa, do you find that your garden is more productive since you put the worm towers in, as I am thinking about putting some in. I do have worms but Do I have enough?

Comment by Lissa on February 11, 2016 at 10:09

Welcome to Mark :) Would be interesting to know.

Comment by Mark Braz on February 10, 2016 at 19:39

Lissa ,

Your garden is going great guns, the constant feeding of the soil works for you and is working for your garden/worms.

I would like to have a dig in the soil at some point to see which worm is doing the best within your system.This is the stuff we need to know on our level.

Comment by Mark Braz on February 10, 2016 at 11:33

Hi Dianne,

check out this site, copy and paste

I have a mix of reds,blue and tiger worms.


  • Worm tea is extremely poisonous to cats and apparently somewhat desirable - do not leave out uncovered
  • Juice that drips from the bottom of the worm bin is "leachate" and most likely full of unhealthy anaerobic bacteria (hence the horrible smell). It is not worm tea!
  • Remember that water and electricity don't mix well. Dry your hands before you plug in anything.
  • Worm tea is not for human or animal ingestion -- just give it to your garden!
Comment by Dianne Caswell on February 10, 2016 at 11:05

What kind of worms are people using in their worm towers and are you using a few different species?

Also what ratio of worm castings to water is everyone using?

We are having Graham's work shed built in the back yard at the moment and even a little Dingo couldn't get in here. Oh, for more land, well it is never gonna happen. I would love to be able to have a 4 bin Compost and I guess if I gave up some of the garden I could.

Comment by Christa on February 10, 2016 at 9:55

Mark, we are quite envious with your air tractor and bobcat, I would love to have a bobcat.  Even one of those little dingo's would be ideal.  It will be interesting to see the results of your hard work and also great that you are using what others throw away.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on February 10, 2016 at 8:17

Mark, Fabulous only for enough land to do that. I love the idea of collecting from the supermarkets, but not all will give it to you. They use the old OH&S Rule.

Comment by Mark Braz on February 10, 2016 at 7:22

Windmill = my air tractor is on the way.

In about 5 weeks I will have my air tractor. I will pump/move water,build a generator and water my compost all free.

The compost will speed up with the added moisture from the windmill.

For those who do not know, I compost on a large scale up to 100m3 in total. All the inputs are free and delivered to me, 1 tree lopper and 1 lawn mower man plus vegie scrap from a supermarket. I blend and turn the piles with the bobcat to keep them cooking. The windmill will be the automatic water system to keep the moisture levels up.

Comment by Lissa on February 10, 2016 at 5:09

Due to lack of time and an aging body I compost in situ in the raised beds. Full of worms.

My attempts at worm farms over the years have all ended badly :/ Won't be doing it again.


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