Worm Composting – Family Plot

All right Mr. Bill, so worm composting. What do we need to know about the worms though? – Red wiggler worms will do 100-fold your
investment. If you spend $10, you’ll get $1,000 over a
period of time, because they keep giving, and giving, and giving, and it’s always organic. What you’re gonna get is you’re re-purposing
your refuse from your home, and you turn it into a nutrient source for your plants to
use. And the results that you get are just, wow. – I could tell, I like the passion already. Don’t you like that, Tonya? It’s the wow factor. Okay, tell us a little bit more about worm
farming. – Yes, sir. Some of the worms that we have in the region,
we have basically two types of worms that you would find in your own garden. One is just the regular earthworm, it’s basically,
it came from Asia, in its where it came from origin. And the other one is the African night-crawler. That’s the one, that when you dig in your
soil, that turns out to be 10, 12, 13 inches long. That’s the one that you wanna keep. That’s the one that does the biggest for your
soil. That tills up its own weight in soil, a hundred
times every day. So it’s pretty impressive, you have that. But the red worms, if you wanna do home composting,
you generally start out with a good amount, two to three pounds, and then you confine
them. I like to use a 35-gallon trashcan, and I
put a little spigot on the bottom of the trashcan, so I can divert the water into a container,
because the water is so nutrient-dense. It’s fresh from the worm castings, from what
you fed the worms. This is part of my compost tea that comes
off of my worm beds, and the results that that can give you immediately from your worms
without having to harvest the worm castings is just phenomenal. You literally, you water your plant with that,
and then you see the results that are 10-fold, like what you would see without using it. Because that is calcium, phosphate, and potassium
rich. And it also has microbes in it that you can
use, that help to make your soil alive. Because the more soil, that it’s more alive,
the more stuff going on in your soil will create more growth above the soil. So, I like to do red wigglers, and I guess
I started about 10 years ago. And ever since then, it’s been a run. I’ve been running. How much more can I do? And the way I do it, is I tell them to start
out at a small bed, read a book. Get a book. Get it from your local library. This is the one I started out with 10 years
ago, and I read it cover to cover. And then even today I pull it out occasionally,
but generally I get the knowledge before I wanna do something. And then I started doing raised beds, and
with worms in ’em. And it just took off from there. Then I found out that when I started helping
other people to do their worm beds, I told them, start out with just Cheerios. – [Chris] How ’bout that? My goodness. – Honey Nut Cheerios are the best way to start
a worm bed. They are, they’re just so easy and you can
watch it, as far as the worms eating it, and seeing how they do– – And you said this actually breaks down pretty
easily in water. – Yes, sir. Give it a couple of minutes, cup of water,
and then put that on your bed, and of course your bed should always have a covering on
’em. And most containers that come with lids, take
the lids and throw ’em away. That’s the number one failure. Most people put the lid on it, and the next
day they come back and they tell me the worms are trying to crawl out. On most compost, there is a lot of methane
build-up in a closed area, and that basically suffocates the worms. So if you have an active compost going, you
wanna have as much oxygen flow in to the bed, ’cause if you don’t the worms will, they’re
like us. We just suffocate. – [Chris] Oh, that’s good stuff. – Yes, yes, yes. And this is what everybody wants. It’s called black gold. – Oh yeah, black gold. – This is nutrient rich. A hundred fold, for what normal clay soil
could give you. And I was talking to Chris earlier about how
to maintain a garden. If you got worms in your soil, you never have
to till your soil. If you keep your soil covered with some type
of covering, whether it be straw, whether it be paper, just so the rain won’t hit it. Because the rain is a compactor, it compacts
your soil. And then you’re actually creating a layer
for the worms to manage themselves, and that’s when you should also feed your soil, because
when you’re feeding your soil, the soil will feed you. That is my mantra, of what I’d like to tell– – Feed the soil, the soil will feed you. I like that. – Yes. So, you keep an active soil, and use worms
to keep your soil active, and also your composting operation, the results what you can have are
Olympic in size. – And tell me this, why are you wearing the
gloves? – I wear the gloves because this is so active,
these guys are coming straight outta my worm beds, and the bacteria content is just huge. You always wanna keep yourself prepared, because
of bacteria in soil compost. You can’t totally control your environment,
and I know I have to leave and go back to work after this. So, yes. One other thing, sir. I’ve got a bottle of water, and I put a gummy
bear in it, and I’m gonna let this sit for a day. I feed my worms vitamins, because I know that
that vitamin, it’s really good stuff, and then it’s gonna end up in my worm tea. – [Chris] That’s good. – And if you wanna take it to the next level,
you can bubble this to increase the bacteria content in there, and then you could feed
that to your plant. The growth is spectacular. – Well tell me this. What else can the homeowner feed their worms,
outside of the Honey Nut Cheerios? – Well, if you could imagine this, everything
you would eat, in our home, except for meat products and milk products, that’s pretty
much what you would give your worms. Because the worms really survive on sugary
substances. I think I stuck a half a watermelon in there
that spoiled one time, and a week later, everything was gone except for the rind. So I just knew, maybe I shouldn’t put the
rind in there. And I just didn’t start puttin’ rinds. Now cantaloupe also. They’re sugary items, and worms just go, they
love it because of sugar. They got a sweet tooth. – They just like people. Just like me. – Me too. – I got a sweet tooth. Mr. Bill. – Sir. – Great information. Appreciate that.

2 thoughts on “Worm Composting – Family Plot

  1. My worms have a vented critter topper for my small container but most of my worms are outside in my raised beds. The sweet candy idea (gummy bears)is cool and the cherrios cereal was a great idea, I didn’t know about. I also use a corn meal powder that I got from Larry hall in brainard Minnesota. Love this channel.

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