Thursday, July 31, 2008

Worm Farm

Tomorrow we will go to the greenhouse area to re-do the worm farm and check out the compost area. Bring your raincoats. Gumboots could be good. Who is keen?
Post info on your own blog about these topics if you want to be included.
Have fun and see you tomorrow!

24 comments:

Dreamhuntress said...

I'm keen, real keen. Mr.woody we can do stuff in groups because it will be easier for us to do it in groups instead of the whole class.

rosiegal said...

Yes I agree, it would be easier to do it in smaller groups- less shoving and pushing.
Judging by the weather, we really need to bring raincoats!!!
I am really keen, I cant wait!! The soil we use will be really moist from the rain, is that a good thing? I have no clue, although I hope it is!!!
I found a step to step guide on soil improving, but I dont have time to put it on my blog, so Ill just post it!
1. Remove grass or other existing vegetation with a flat spade.
It's very important to do this job well, making sure that you don't have grass or weeds growing where you want to plant.

2. Spread two or three inches of organic matter, well-rotted manure, leaf mold (composted leaves) or compost, over the bed.

3. Turn soil over to a depth of eight inches with a garden spade, fork or roto-tiller, breaking up heavy clods. Rake level.

I_luv_animals_AKA_ashymashy said...

I think what we should do is get in three groups and have 3 group leaders the groups would be:
*compost/worm farm.
*clean up the inside of the greenhouse.
*Clean the outside of the Greenhouse and do some weeding.

And split the compost/worm farm into three sections ,film it and then we can watch it on another day.

And we can clean the greenhouse on that same day cooly bananas aye!!!

This is going to be so fun but i think you should bring these items:
*Gumboots/sneakers
*warm raincoats
*mabye a pair of a water proof pair of track pants
*the most important thing to bring a big fat SMILE

ashymashy
see ya later

Kitty Milo said...

yes! me me me i'm really keen!
I will bring my gumboots, my raincoat and maybe some gloves so I don't have to touch food scraps! i ALSO HATE worms, they are so scary and squirmy. I mean I like them, just not touching them!

I did some reasearching on composting and worm farming. I found out some information:

Which type of worm is best for composting?
Eisenia fetida, or red wigglers, are the hardiest, most preferred species of earthworms for composting purposes. Eisenia fetida are very prolific, thrive at high population densities and have voracious appetites. Acme Worm Farm is proud to offer some of the healthiest, hungriest compost worms.
REFERENCE:http://www.acmewormfarm.com/

COMPOSTING AND WORM FARMING:
The previous audit* of Marion Council's residential kerbside waste collection showed that 33% of domestic waste collected (from the 'garbage' section of your wheelie bin) is organic compostable material such as food and other green waste. This equates to an average of 3kg per houshold per week or almost 5,500 tonnes across the entire Council area per year of this material going straight to landfill.

All of this material can be used as a valuable resource to

* improve garden health;
* reduce water use in the garden; and
* save money spent on fertilisers and mulch.


Its simple! All you need to do is put your kitchen scraps and other organic material into a compost bin or worm farm rather than your rubbish bin.
REFERENCE:http://www.marion.sa.gov.au/web/webmar.nsf/lookup/Composting+and+Worm+Farming

Thanks, I hope this helped everyone a bit!
Thanks
Bye
:-)

chickenfeety said...

It would be easya doing it in groups but if theres a group in the green house people mess up the dirt and then it gets all dusty and you know what I mean. but i would like to finilly get some more work done on the green house thing and get some seeds planted but there are some people that would rather be produce manenger or something like that but I wont to do it thats my say.
Bye

**KERLI** said...

Well I really don't know that much about these sorts of things but I know that you feed them food scraps (but not citrus) and you keep them in a big thing like a bath or a compost bin.

B.T.W. I don't like touching worms either kitty milo.

Nei-Nei Neina-Marie said...

I really want to do everything, but i hate getting dirty! I hate that feeling, it just...
Did you know, we can just get some ladybugs and worms, and they will help the plants:
Worms will wriggle around and poop out dirt that they have eaten. It will sive through the dirt, and s better for the enviorment.
Ladybugs eat little insects which arn't good for leaves and fruit, and ladybugs help in that way.
That is all I can say.
Neina!

Snowy said...

I cant wait,
The information that i have cant be posted on this or my blog so i will just bring it to school.
But ill try find some now....

Make your own worm farm

Here is one easy way of making a worm farm. You may need to set up several of these tyre worm farms in a school situation where you want the worms to break down a lot of waste.

There are many other options for worm farms, from raised old baths and wooden box structures to covered rows on the ground. For any of these options, you need to keep the worms' world cool and damp, so covering it is important. Old carpet and canvas are ideal for covering a ground-based worm farm. There are also many commercial types of worm farms available, from the Tag-G Digesters to the smaller black plastic worm bins of various types. Talk to your local council about which is the best option for your school.


Below are instructions for making the Tyre Worm Farm.
Built entirely from reused & recycled materials.

You will require:

Old carpet or sack if available (optional
Phone books or old bricks
1 piece of corrugated iron - 600mm x 600mm
Small piece of silage wrap or similar
3 car tyres of similar size
Something suitable as a lid
35 Saturday newspapers
1 container such as an old pot or bucket

Operating Instructions for your Worm Farm
1. Soak the newspapers in water and stuff all three tyres full, one sheet at a time

2. Place the corrugated iron on top of the bricks or telephone books, wrap it in silage/ heavy plastic so that the liquid doesn't touch the metal.

3. Put the first stuffed tyre on top of the corrugated iron. Put an old sack or carpet inside to make a sort of nest for the new worms

4. Fill this bottom tyre with bedding material (ie horse manure, rotting peastraw, compost) and then tip the worms in. Cover immediately with a thick layer of wet newspaper. Now put the other two stuffed tyres on top.

5. Feed regularly with kitchen scraps by lifting up the newspaper. Make sure the farm is kept moist to the touch. Always replace the newspaper to keep it dark.


6. Keep the worms and bedding covered with damp newspaper, plus an old sack or carpet (also damp). Place your lid on top of the tyre stack to prevent fly problems.

7. As the tyre stack fills up you can slide out the bottom tyre and empty it of worm castings/ vermicast. The paper in the tyre will probably be full of worms and can be replaced as is, used in your garden or compost heap or given to friends to start new Worm Farms.

8. The empty tyre is now ready for reuse - stuff with fresh, moist newspapers and place on TOP of the tyre stack.

9. Regularly empty the pot of worm rum - dilute 8-1 with water and spray or pour on to and around your special plants.

10. The nutrients from your kitchen scraps are now available for you to use in your organic garden and your worm population will have increased remarkably.

11. Worms suitable for worm farming can be found in animal manure or rotting pea straw.

http://www.zerowaste.co.nz/default,499.sm

MrWoody said...

great work worm farmers and composters and anyone who brought info to school.
:-)

awesomo4000 said...

i consulted my brother and he sujested learning the sucsesful way

awesomo4000 said...

My bad i posted on the wrong thing thats my creed I am keen later

Roo said...

Awwwww.

I missed out on doing that.
Will we do some more?
I'm really keen!

Miss Piggy said...

Hey I'm away today because I'm sick but I will be there on Monday.

B.T.W Pinch and a punch for the rest of the month no returns! [White Rabbit]

Tweedle Dum Plum said...

Hi um Mr Woody Can you put on a new post

Candycane said...

Hi Mr Woody, I have a fact about worms for you: you should never touch a worm with your fingers because the acid on your fingers burns and kills the worms!

Candycane said...

By the way I forgot to say:
"Pick me!!!!Pick me!!!!!"
thanks Bye
3=0)

mudpies02 said...

Oh, we better remember that when we are worm farming! I think that's the same with caterpillars too!

I am keen too! But we are going to have to figure something out about the dust! We don't want lung cancer!

I can bring some bean seeds to school if you want me to, and I have info about carrots on my blog :o)

I_luv_animals_AKA_ashymashy said...

Hi guys,
i know its sad to complain but today i had to do the wormbins all by myself the group i was with left me after the fun part and i had to empty and clean them by myself i think we should share this job because its to hard for one person sorry for complaining
see yas
ashymashy

Queenie said...

I agree ashy mashy. Doing the worm bins is a yucky job especially when cleaning them out so we all should do it.
We could make a roster for the worm bins that way everyone is included or other people could do different jobs like helping out in the greenhouse but everyone will need a turn at that cause it is fun!

We would just have to not be in there for long cause of our lungs.( as muddie said)When we are in there we probably just won't be able to dust anything.
bye

Nei-Nei Neina-Marie said...

We should have planned it more! We should clean out everything we don't need, and then we need to neatly arrange stuff, kick the cats we found out, and then we need a system for the worm bins.
I tried to help Ashy, but I felt a little akward just plopping in and doin' it, so I left it. I had no idea she felt so lonely!!!
Did you ask everyone if we should do their wormbins? I mean, we are trying to get the whole school into this sort of stuff, and MRS Barahm maybe wanted us to keep going with our own and stuff. This will be rambled because I can hear Funjky Monkeys blasting through the speakers and it is distracting me.
I went to the Library, got my own card, and then got out a few books, and a magazine on Organics. It's not too great, but it has some cool things you might want to check out Mr Woody.

Queenie said...

We did ask everyone if they wanted their wormbins collected neina. Everyone said yes except for about three classes.

mudpies02 said...

Does water get rid of dust? What does get rid of dust apart from Pine-O-Cleen? lol
I'm just wondering because it would be much easier if we could be in there for long periods of time - but we can't do that now because of all the dust!!!!

That's good that almost everyone wanted a worm bin. Maybe everyone could have one, and the people who said they wouldn't use it, we just empty once a fortnight or whatever? That could work.... What do you guys think???

Also, if we had a roster we'd have to make sure there was always someone on who knew what they were doing!! (I don't think we should have leaders because they would probably take charge and not let anyone else do the work...)

Queenie said...

Thats true muddie.
I like your idea for the people who didnt want the wormbins but we'd have to see if they agree to it.For the roster we could just ask people if they knew what to do, if they didnt we could show them that way everyone knows so everyone could do it.

I'm not sure what gets rid of dust but we need to think about what we are going to do when all the dust is gone.
bye

Marshall said...

I think worm farming is a GREAT idea. I also researched some websites that might be useful. Some of the tips have already been mentioned, but otherwise it's all good.
http://www.sustainability.govt.nz/rubbish/worm-farming

http://www.ccc.govt.nz/waste/composting/wormfarming.asp

I think worm-farming is a really good way to get rid of enviromental waste and food scraps. It's not just about the compost, it's about what supplies the compost. With worm farming, we could at least clean up the enviroment a bit more.