It was a cold and very early start for us – at the Ngatea Garage Sale.
Having decided to have a stall selling our worm tea, or juice or wee or leachate – all terms I have seen we just didn’t decide early enough to enable us to prepare well – so we didn’t have labels and signage in place. We did write up a wee bit of information and some people did take it away. I hope they come back next year.
We did speak to many people about what the worm farm does and how good it is for our soil health.
Maybe next year more people will be interested.
The results are evident here at Fuddy Farm after 3 years of the worm farm on our very definitely clay soil which had been scalped by a bulldozer prior to us buying it and starting our gardens and orchard.
We did begin our garden 4 years ago in September 2012 but started out by buying some top soil and compost. We then began composting in earnest – we started compost heaps, bought and scavenged horse manure, and then 3 years ago our first worm farm began in a bath.
To date we have 2 x 1 metre by 1 metre compost bins (made from pallets – one the chooks deal to and the other being created by us. We have a tumble bin, a 3 tier composter as well as a ready compost storage bin. We have one bath worm farm from which we take the worm wee, dilute it, and use on the gardens and around our fruit trees. We have one large pile of horse manure with various grasses, hay and wood chip with it and worms, it is about 3 by 3 metres – and should be ready to use by January. We have another bath with worms, it is full of horse manure and thousands of leaves gathered in the autumn at Mangatangi school. We do feed garden and kitchen scraps to both the bath worm farms. We also gather sea weed on the shoreline after storms and so have bags of autumn leaves and piles of seaweed quietly breaking down.
We also have an ongoing supply of chicken poo and straw. Our chickens also deal with garden and kitchen waste which we place in one of the pallet bins – and they convert it into compost for us.
We very nearly have an excellent garden and orchard.
It does sound like a lot of work setting it all up – but we have taken 4 years and have slowly slowly worked on the infrastructure (good word that) of our place.
Now we are just running the various processes although we do have two more baths to establish worm farms in and the rest will simply continue composting for us. In the longer term it might be that the worms will take over much of our composting process and why not – they don’t complain and they just get on with the job and as two retirees in time we may not feel like lugging all that compost about. see here for information about worms etc
So a year from now when we attend the Giant Ngatea Garage Sale (in October 2016), we will have an excellent garden and orchard and we will have labelled bottles of worm tea or juice, or wee, or leachate and information for anyone interested as well as signs that people will understand.
Our hand written worm juice and worm tea signs prompted many odd statements and we were even asked how we had munted the worms to make the worm juice.
Worms are our friends, we only feed them.