7 Common Worm Farm Problems Solved

Welcome to Marty’s garden a place where
you can learn how to grow fresh food organic food for backyard in today’s
video we’re going to discuss how to solve the top common seven problems with
worm farms with today the compost worm can easily take care of your garden by
spreading vital nutrients around and its castings it even moves the microbes
around and that’s a part of the droppings the castings as well but how
do we get them right so we can move them from the worm farm into the garden to
create the right environment first we’ve got to get our worm farms correct and
solve all those little problems that you know we have along the way so problem
number one is over feeding guys and this problem creates actually future problems
for other things in your worm farm now when you overfeed what happens is it
gets smelly it becomes sour it can become acidic and it can attract nasty
pests such as ants and cockroaches and all different types of little creepy
crawlies that like to hang around in worm farms when there’s too much food in
them so what you need to do is go and pull out some of the food in there
leave enough for them to eat just little tiny bit then come and check back the
next day and see how much they’re eating and then guys start feeding him slowly
slowly but surely and then you won’t have a problems what happens is if you
build up and put too much food you get these layers right and so when you put
the water in these layers stay nice and dry and then the ants and everything
will come and feed and hover on top and the cockroaches and stuff and then
you’ve got future problems to come on so one way to solve this for overfeeding
is to actually just stay away from putting too much food in at first and
get used to how much food you’re gonna put into your worm farms and watch them
over time keep feeding that way and if you’re
really worried just put in some newspaper start wetting that down but
tiny little bit of food they’ll come up and eat the newspaper they won’t get
hungry because they’ll be eating the bedding and at the same time eating the
newspaper and the food you give them so let’s get into problem
number two it’s a problem number two guys it’s the right food finding the
right food to feed them and the wrong foods are things like citrus and onions
they will eat it but they really don’t like it and it can create more problems
in the farm down below over time so you’re better off just skipping that
type of food and just giving him other stuff now the smaller you chop it up the
basically the quicker it will start to break down and then the worms will start
getting it see they actually eat the little fungi and stuff that’s growing on
the side of the food and as it starts fermenting in that then they start
breaking it down so worms like something that’s already starting to decompose and
they’re actually eating the decomposition to composition off the side of the food so
I highly recommend that you just stay away from anything like cheeses and
meats you’re gonna attract more flies and different bad things in the farm and
the worms don’t eat that at all and if you can get a chance to get a bit of
leaf litter and throw that in there as well then you from start providing a
little bit of habitat break up a little bit of newspaper and stuff and fluff it
up and then wet it down and they’ll come through and aerate that and eat that as
well so that’s a great way to get your farm actually rolling along is by
providing the right types of food and other foods such as grains and
legumes and things that have got high in protein will also get them going into a
bit of a feeding frenzy so they lay more eggs they like a lot of protein if
they’ve got protein they will breed more and you’ll get more worms and your worms
will eat more food and you get more castings so problem number three is the
bedding actually lots of worm farmers get this wrong and even I did right at
the very beginning of my first farm and I used it cheap type of peat which
wasn’t really very good at all and the worms seemed to avoid it as much as they
could and hardly even chew through it and over the years I figured out that
actually this type of cheap peat coco peat is actually full of salt and it
just takes ages and ages for the water to flush through flushing the farm
flushing the farm until eventually it gets rid of all the
salts and then the worms will start moving you know it so they avoid it like
the plague so I recommend that you use a good quality peat if you are using that a
coco peat in your worm farms another type of bedding that I highly recommend
is the mushroom compost because I just love that stuff and it looks basically
it’s straw and chicken manure and a few other things put it in a blood and bone
and different stuff in it and the worms will feed on that when they’re hungry
and they’re not looking for other foods and they can burrow through it easily it
actually breaks down over time and then it becomes a pliable great worm casting
that’s really really fertile so the bedding is super important and also the
bedding is obviously the top layers of where your worm farm is so one thing
about the bedding that I’ve found that I’ve started using recently as I’m
putting I have put straw or sugar cane on the top level about yay high and fluffing it
up and just wetting it down and that’s that starting to decompose they really
like it and I’m finding that that’s really possibly the way to go and just
to create that aeration and a little places from the wiggle and hide and it
just seems to give them just some more of a natural type of habitat so I’m out
here in the early hours of the morning because I wanted to get some worms out
of my worm farm here I’ve just put some in and basically what I’m doing is I
want to keep this worm farm cool so I’m going to put some water through it this
morning is best times in the morning and the evenings to put the water through
apparently if the worm farms hot it takes the oxygen out so that’s probably a very bad thing to
do now I’ve got some worms in here and these are just little baby worms
really they’re not old at all I probably say they’re probably three weeks old
something like that and I’ve got about probably a hundred in my hand or wrapped
up here and I really need to put them back because they don’t like being out
of the worms farms very long at all so I’m gonna put it back and to talk about
the temperatures here’s basically look worms love the same temperatures that we
as we do in Australia around about 18 to 24 is optimum
temperature really for these guys now once it starts getting very hot they
start burrowing down they start sort of like hiding in the corners and looking
for the wet spots getting underneath little bits of newspaper doing anything
they can really to keep cool and they go quiet and it’s the same with the cooler
times if it’s too cold they basically will go down deep and wrap themselves up
and trying to find a little blanket so to hang out so I find that I get the
best performance out of spring and autumn really but in winter you can
actually put more food in and warming up because the composting process will warm
the worm farm up but in the summer what you’ve got to do is you’ll be a bit
careful because if it gets too hot then you put in a composter in the compost is
getting warm as it’s breaking down then can warm up your worm from too much as
well so consider how much food you’re putting in in the seasons keeping it in
the shade as much as possible and not putting too much compost broken-down
stuff as well as the bedding because that can still be breaking down and
create heat put a little layer of straw or something like that or I find that
I’m just putting newspaper at the moment and I’m going to be putting some more
sugarcane in there very shortly all right little fellas I’ll put the
water for you soon you’ll be feeling great I really love my worms seven
hearts these guys have got how could you not love them so let’s get into number
five when we’re talking about pests so going right back to the beginning about
too much food and overfeeding well that’s one of the problems it generally
happens with pests and can create other problems as I discuss which we’re going
to talk about in a second now one thing that I did actually I’ve got a
little slot at the end of my farm and I forgot to put the little slot in where
the air breathing holes are and I found a mouse was getting in there and eating my worm
so if you’ve got some mice around sometimes they will get in there and
they’d like to eat and feed on the protein but anyway it all comes down to
really too much food and overfeeding creates many
pest problems okay going into number six is water now a lot of people in the
beginning stages forget or they don’t know that you shouldn’t use chlorinated
town water on your worms and this will burn them or fry the eggs and all kill
them over time unfortunately and make them really sick and then they won’t
breed on and you why are my worms just not breeding and they’re falling back
the other way so what we do is we fill a nice drum of water over 24 hour
period and the chlorine dissolves out of that and boom you’ve got you can use
if you’ve got a bubbler around an oxygenator something for a water tank or
something like that takes about two hours for the water to get out now I can
put too much water in and it can become soggy can become anaerobic and can drown
your worms since we’re worm start getting a bit pink in color and yeah they can
start dying and things so you want to have a lot of oxygen through your system
you want to keep your farm not too over wet not too dry just nice and moist and
if it’s dry you need to soak it add more leafy products such as lettuce and
things like that was too wet don’t put things like lettuce and cucumbers and
stuff in so if it’s too wet cut back on the wet foods and put in more carbon all
right so moving in to number seven which I’ve got on my list here didn’t know I
had the list down there did you guys actually I’m pretty good I remember most
of the time but I didn’t want to make a mistake on this one is the farm being
too acidic see what happens is again it comes down to feeding the type of foods
we’re putting in is it acidic food are we putting in too much of it and are we
allowing enough oxygen to get through our worm farms is it compacting down so
it’s becoming anaerobic then things can start becoming a bit acidic and
generally you can tell just by the smell if you’re putting your hand in and
grabbing a bit of castings and a bit of that compost and smelling it just got
that earthy smell generally pretty fine you’re starting to give me that funky
sour smell you know that’s going anaerobic and start becoming acidic as
well so you can get little testers from the pet food shops and from
nurseries and things like that to test the pH and generally just put in a bit
of powder they’ve got certain ones you can buy
from the shops which contain a bit of dolomite or a bit of lime powder and
that will put it back right in their balance alright so listen guys if you’ve
got anything else that I would have missed because I’m sure I don’t know
everything about this and it’s such a huge thing to cover alright let us know
down below in the comment section if I’ve missed anything something else that
you’d like to add in there or if you’ve got any questions about worm farming in
the problems that you’re having with in your farms at home have a great day
happy gardening and we’ll see you at the next video real soon I look forward to
hearing from you down below bye for now this is Soy my praying mantis and watch
what he does when I do this Hehe he tried to get you before he’s your funny little fella isn’t he

13 thoughts on “7 Common Worm Farm Problems Solved

  1. Here''s an interesting video .. involving worms to make a super compost system. I have one myself now .. I made mine so it would collect water and drain out the bottom. I've layered it with chicken litter, goat/sheep manure, sweet potato vines, and leaves. I dump water from a pond into the top and after a couple 5 gal buckets the excess runs out the bottom into a 5 gal bucket .. which I dump back into the top again. It's something I'm testing out .. so don't know how well it will work .. but it seems to be doing great so far.
    First part of this video is Curtis Stone talking about some of his stuff .. but you can click it forward to the good stuff. 🙂

  2. I use the dolomite powder in addition to the eggshells. It allows for feeding more acidic items like tomato if sprinkled on top of the food. Neutralize the acid before it causes issues. Great video. Also love the preying Mantis. I wish it was summer here.

  3. Information packed video on worms – thanks Marty.
    Great to see you Karin and good old Roy the praying mantis.
    God's blessings with you guys.

  4. About not giving them meat makes total sense. I am taking notes for sure, for when I start. Karin is such a sweetheart! Love you guys 🤗

  5. Great video Marty. Have just set up my first worm farm and all is going well so far. I have the tap open with a jug underneath it and was wondering how often to water the worm farm so that I get some of the worm wee? Thanks.

  6. I grow microgreens. The by product of microgreens is the peat and roots/seed that didn't sprout. It's spring here in Florida, USA. Thanks for the great video and keeping it simple!

  7. so afraid I'm not treating my worms right… I think the peat was too dry and so I added more compost and sprayed it a bit more with water. I'm not feeding them too much I know that.. I just added coffee grounds and some oatmeal and mixed that into the bedding a bit. No solid food on top yet.. I will add some wet-down newspaper. Checked them and they didn't seem to be too wiggly yet like they were when I found them in my raised beds.. probably just still settling in to their new home? Only been three days since I started this worm farm.. just want to take care of these worms!

  8. my problem is i have to many worms.I dont want to have any more bins so what do i do with all the extra worms?

  9. Hi martys, i started to breed by giving a poultry food. I am not using garbage like you do. But what i found then is the soil become mouldy. Each days i checked it is always mouldy spotted on the food the i pour on. Why and how to handle this. Hope you have time to reply my question. Thanks and success for your channel

  10. Hi Marty. I started a mini worm bin recently but I couldn't find a natural compost for the bedding at the garden store, everything has additives because it is meant to feed plants. Since I had already bought the worms, they are living on a bed of moist shredded paper and and I sprinkled some dirt for grit. Are my worms going to die if I don't add compost or can they start enriching the bed just by feeding? Thank you

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