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The dry continues to make returns on the garden produce harder and harder ..... it has teased us a couple of times with clouds and the lightest of sprinkle but not even to wet a table napkin.

I have all my worm beds under a large tarp to help keep moisture in and stop the beds from baking. 

Worms are a pretty easy part of the ecosystem I have in place to keep going, but it does take a bit to get the "best " out of them especially if you want to breed worms for sale.

Once I have enough scraps to make up a mix, I throw it all into a wheelbarrow with some animal manure and water and give it a good chop with the spade.


I try to make it wet without being soggy and chopped up enough to make it easier for the worms to munch through.

After that done I spread it into the containers in a strip type of farming working down the container as it gets finished by the worms.

After I have watered it all down and spread a few worms into the new food patch it's all ready to put the tarp back on

If I want to collect some "worm juice" I have the containers set up on a system where the water can run through the material out of holes I have in the bottom .. on to a couple of pieces of iron which I have sloping into an area where I can catch the runof in a bucket to use in the garden.

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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on February 5, 2019 at 7:32

The only reason fresh or old grass matters for composting is *if the heap needs the brown stuff*.

Comment by Russell James on February 5, 2019 at 6:58

Andrew Cumberland  it works well enough for the area I have, but I still have not got the harvesting of the worms down pat as I still have to do too much sifting of the material to separate the worms that are left.

Depending on how much money you want to invest in your operation you can buy commercial made worm bags that all you do is undo a zipper and the finished product falls out.  

Comment by Russell James on February 5, 2019 at 6:51

Christa For worm farming, grass clippings and the like are not needed if you are feeding them with your food scraps with a supplement of some animal manure.

That's the good thing about worm farming for either the worm or its casting you can start in a foam box or whatever. 

Comment by Russell James on February 5, 2019 at 6:42

Elaine de Saxe yes compost is a different set of rules than worm farming but fresh or old grass I did not think matters for a compost heap.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on February 4, 2019 at 21:45

Grass clippings when fresh are green so it's old dead stuff we need for good compost. My grass clippings stay on the grass too.

Comment by Christa on February 4, 2019 at 18:53

It sounds good Russell, we use most of our scraps in our compost heap,  We have failed before with our compost containers but that looks simple.  Where we have a problem is that we don't have grass clippings. They get mowed without a catcher.  I have looked into chop and drop leaves to get more greenery which we could put through the mulcher.

Andrew had a stack of foam boxes with worms at the back of his house, maybe that system would work.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on February 4, 2019 at 18:01

Looks like a good system. 

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