Sunday, February 6, 2011

Worm Farm

South Africa, sadly, is far behind the rest of the world when it comes to recycling. In relation to the population, there's a small percentage of conscious consumers that make an effort. I'm occassionally comforted to spot craft made of recycled goods, hear the muncipality is collecting recycling in certain suburbs or seeing a recycling depot open in a community. We have an independent, non-profit recycling company that we pay to collect plastic, glass and paper weekly, but have been wanting to get a worm farm for our organic matter. (If you're in Cape Town, check out Abundance Recycling here.) There are quite a few out there, of varying sizes and prices, but I found this worm farm from Global Worming! It came with compost and worms in the middle box, and we could start putting in scraps immediately (though it mentioned in the instructions that the worms may not eat at first and lose some weight "from the stress of travel"!). Two weeks later, and the worms seem to be thriving. The weather's been very warm, so we keep showering them with water to keep the environment nice and damp. Apparently worms eat upwards, so once we've filled the middle box, we'll begin on the top one, and they'll move upstairs, leaving freshly made compost for the garden. The tap at the bottom is for "worm tea" – a civilised colonial drink especially for plants!

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