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Worming out waste

November 10, 2021 2 min read

Looking for some hard working, low maintenance house mates that also benefit the planet? Look no further than the humble earthworm! 

Worm farming is cold composting for garden waste. The worms’ job is to live at your place and decompose organic matter. They work really hard to provide our gardens with the most powerful products called ‘vermicast’ (worm casts) as well as liquid waste which is highly concentrated liquid fertiliser that can be collected, diluted in 10:1 ratio and sprayed or watered over plants and seedlings.

There are many types of worm farms on the market or you can make your own out of some containers. Start with a solid base, then add others with perforations on top. The aim is to build layers for the worms to move through. Look for a base that collects the liquid, which will drain from the top, and a tap at the bottom means it’s possible to collect the liquid in a bucket to dilute 10:1. There are some great websites to help you get started. 

If you think these guys need a lot of room to work their magic, think again! Composting worms are ideal for those of us that only have a small space to farm too. 

When setting up any worm farm, avoid the hot afternoon sun. A cool, dry space is ideal. Keeping the farm moist with damp hessian cloth or wet newspapers on the top layer is very important too. They will eat the newspaper so keep replacing it.

Worms like food scraps, especially pumpkin skins! They also love eggshells, but it’s important to crunch them up a bit first. Coffee grinds and tea leaves are also great. Avoid citrus or onions which are acidic. I don’t use meat or dairy either. 

Keep in mind that worms in a farm can eat twice their body weight so the bigger your farm the more waste it eliminates and turns to goodness for your garden! 

I have been worm farming for years after buying one from a local manufacturer made out of a standard sulo style bin. I love that my kitchen food scraps and waste as well as the habitual weekend papers are being disposed of responsibly, in my own backyard. Being an avid gardener knowing that I can make my own vermicast which is a potent chemical-free fertiliser I can dilute also makes me happy. Plus, it aids in holding in moisture and improving soil condition so my garden loves it!

A worm farm is a great activity for the whole family and addition to any household. If everyone got themselves a worm farm our compostable garbage would be reduced by 1 tonne per person per year. Keeping food and garden waste out of landfill helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as the rate we fill our landfill spaces. 

Logistics Status & Pricing Update | 8th Feb 2022

Further to the previous logistics update, the spread of omicron variant continues to play havoc with many courier drivers, warehouse staff, forklift drivers, container unpack crews and administrators across the country.

To make logistics even more difficulty the East-West rail line is closed due to significant flooding including to both the Eyre and Stuart Highways, South Australia.

Please allow (at least) an extra 14 business days on top of your estimated date for arrival.

envirocare earth has always worked our best to minimise delivery costs but as a result of the ongoing issues affecting logistics all online orders will now attract a delivery charge.

FLAT RATES -  WA $15.00, INTERSTATE $20.00.

We encourage you to order in bulk; saving on product, delivery and helping the environment.

Your patience and understanding is appreciated and we hope that normality can return soon.

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Omicron Logistics Status Update | 12th Jan 22

The rapid spread of the Omicron variant has further impacted the logistics industry. This includes many courier drivers, warehouse staff, forklift drivers, container unpack crews and administrators.

Due to the widespread impact of Omicron infections, our partnered carriers across the network are experiencing both a surge in parcel deliveries and major disruptions to their delivery services. With a significant number of people in self-isolation in accordance with state regulations and public health orders, delivery delays are expected across the network due to driver shortages, depots experiencing temporary closures and/or operating with significantly reduced staff.

This has also created some lags in tracking details being updated on carrier websites.

Please allow (at least) an extra 14 business days on top of your estimated date for arrival.

Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

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