Simple & Effective Worm Composting on your Homestead

>>Marjory: Marjory Wildcraft with Grow Your
Own Groceries here. I was recently travelling in the Pacific Northwest
and I made a new friend that had a spectacular garden. His name is Peter Paul. Heís married, has two kids and a fulltime
job and heís growing food primarily because he just loves being out in the garden and
also he wants to make sure his family is getting really safe and nutritious food. When I asked him what was his secret and what
was he using for fertility, he showed me an amazing system with the worm bin that he’s
using. Right there I did an off the cuff interview
with him because I really love this idea and a pretty amazing interview and I wanted to
share it with you.>>Peter: The reason we started this compost
bin is we moved out in here in the country and I was trying to build a compost pile with
my kitchen scraps and really I was just feeding the raccoons and skunks come out and they’d
tear it apart and all that’d be left would be orange peels. A neighbor of mine, another friend of mine
actually, told me that he had worm bin. I went over and looked at his worm bin. I was like, “Hey, I got to get started.” I started and since then we turned all our
kitchen scraps and the best stuff possible for worm food…. You’ll see that I just have a bunch of leaves
on top and you can see some of the worms scrumming around here and there. What I do is underneath I drop… pull it
back and I drop it. This is where I last dumped it. Here’s the fresh compost from the last time
I dumped it and you can see the worms are already getting in there and doing their thing. I’ll work from one into the other. This is where compost was dumped probably
about a month or so ago and you can tell it’s pretty much done.>>Marjory: Nice. Very nice. So you just keep adding compost to this in
different places?>>Peter: Yes. I’d start here and then I’ll work down. It takes about a month all the way across. I put all our kitchen scraps in here, some
stuff from the garden.>>Marjory: Do you feel okay dumping meat
or bones or feathers?>>Peter: Yes. I’ll show you. If you have an indoor bin you probably don’t
want to put the meat in there and such. With the outdoor bins there’s actually … it’s not just worms in here. There’s a fly in here. Let me see if I can find a larva. The larvae eat meat. It’s actually a … it’s not just … here’s
one. Those will work on the meat and so …>>Marjory: You not necessarily just have
a worm bin, you have a whole composting system.>>Peter: Those self-introduced themselves. They showed up all in their own. The compost is really hard to, in this system,
get out. I have to dig it out and hand separate it
and something I do on a warm spring day. What I’d really like you to see is the worm
juice. Under here this is set at a slight slant. There are a bunch of holes drilled in the
tank and it collects what I call the worm juice. It’s really compost tea but the worms do urinate
and they take water while doing it. When I’m not using so much in the winter,
I store it and keep it. In the spring I offer it to my friends, I
sell some and I use it for direct feeding, foliar feeding, both.>>Marjory: Nice. You’ve seen incredible results using this?>>Peter: Yes. When I started using this for feeding the
plants, the first year I did it my tomato plants grew faster than my sunflowers. Before they fruited they were about seven
feet tall and then they fell over a little bit of course. I couldn’t believe it.>>Marjory: Wow. I’ve heard you made some really good trades.>>Peter: Yes. I just traded five gallons
of this for an iPhone.>>Marjory: An iPhone?>>Peter: Yes. I offer it up to some other friends for their
gardens and stuff. Anyway, just keep it covered. Last year, I got about 30 gallons just over
the winter time. When I started the worm bin what I did was
I filled it about two-thirds full with composted manure, fresh manure and leaf and straw. They really like the carbon. Then let it set for about two weeks and then
ordered some worms. The worms showed up, I put them in and started
adding compost.>>Marjory: Wow. How long was it before you started getting
juice out of it?>>Peter: Immediately.>>Marjory: Oh really?>>Peter: Yes. As soon as I put the worms in and they started
creating juice. When add dry material you wet it down
like … If you come over and take a look again, the
top layer what I do is this is composting, the worms are up in here. Every couple of months when this turns gets
really composted down, really broken down, I’ll just bring a bunch of the oak leaves
that are, we have big old trees on the other side, and bring in a big wheelbarrow of oak
leaves and put a fresh layer on top. They’re composting not only the stuff underneath
but that carbon material down.>>Marjory: Great. Where did you get your worms? Are these just fishing worms that you got
at the local store or did you get …?>>Peter: No. I order them online. I can’t remember the name of the website
but it’s for about $20 a pound and for this setup I put in five pounds of worms.>>Marjory: Nice.>>Peter: You can put in less. It just takes longer for them to multiply. When they do multiply, let’s see if I can
… they make little eggs. This one. Here in a bunch. See those little … those are going to be
worms. Those are worm eggs, those little yellow… Actually the smaller worms like you want to
have as many of them reproducing because the smaller worms are more vigorous as they’re
growing. The thing I like most about these worms is
just how easy it is. It’s a lot easier than building compost piles,
turning compost piles. I add compost to it maybe twice a week. I add the kitchen scraps and really that’s
all I have to do. I get the juice out into bucket every once
in a while and other than having to spend an afternoon in the spring separating out
the worms from the compost, it doesn’t take much effort.>>Marjory: Wasn’t that amazing? I’ve been inspired and I’m growing my … I’m going to be making my own worm bin right
here. If you have any great suggestions by all means
drop me an email. I’d love to hear about and I’d love to share
it more with the online community that’s growing among us. Until I see you on the next video. I’m Marjory Wildcraft and you can Grow Your
Own Groceries.

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