Versatile Worm Farm Designs Let Anybody Get Started With Vermicomposting!

Have you been thinking of starting your own worm farm but are concerned that you don't have the necessary space? Or maybe you've got plenty of room, but you're thinking it'll cost too much to get started. You can get around either of those concerns, and many others, because there are a multitude of different worm farm designs that you can use, and each has it's own advantages.

Probably the most simple method is to just start the worm farm directly on the ground. If a concrete pad is available, that would be preferable, but it's not necessary. Some large scale farms use this method. When the worm farm is made into the shape of a long row, it's referred to as a 'windrow'. Normally a number of windrows are created. Once the first one is established, the second one is started, and the worms will migrate there, leaving the rich humus-like castings in the first windrow. The process is continued on down the line. Alternatively, many people will add some sort of enclosure such as cinderblocks, bricks, or wooden boards which can serve to help keep the worms from wandering away.

Many individuals have also created their worm farms from containers that they just happened to have lying around the house. Probably the most popular choice for this sort of a worm farm design would be one of those ever present clear plastic storage bins. It seems like everybody has more of these than they need. Of course, if you have some other sort of container available you can certainly give that a try. Whatever sort of enclosure you select, you will have to make holes around the sides and bottom for drainage.

Regardless of the type of design you choose, a cover is always needed. The worms don't like light, and giving them a dark, moist place to call home will make them hang around and do their work for you.

For people who choose not to create their own worm farm, there are many pre-manufactured designs available. These come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and some of them are even made with the expressed intent of being used inside a home. The usual in-house location is in the basement, but many people have also placed them under their kitchen sink. As a matter of fact, some of these worm farm kits are specifically designed to be kept under the kitchen sink. One advantage of such a location is that waste material in the form of food scraps is readily available.

So you can see that just because you may not have an overabundance of space at your place, or a surplus of cash in your pocket, you're not precluded from starting with vermicomposting and taking advantage of its benefits. There's a worm farm design for everybody's preferences, location, and finances.

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