Readers, Farmers and Friends – Please give some valuable input on this letter i have received
Thank you for your web info,
I live in Jhb Southern Suburbs and hve established a small alternative lifestyle lodge, with solar, water harvesting etc. have a few chickens which eat most of the food scraps which dont get boiled for the dog. So the worms only get the pumpkin inners and vegies that have gone soft or rotten,
!) I know they like pumpkin and one of the ones I grew last summer went soft so I put a couple dozen worms into it and turned it upside down on some oranic compost for them to toilet in.
However some two weeks later on checking the pumpkin now very soft I discovered not one worm was in it and nothing had been eaten. W H Y – do you think the Pumpkin had grown from a GM seed, (it popped itself up in the wormery & I transplanted a few – Wow the pumpkin seeds grow like crazy in the
wormery, I feed the seedlings to the chickens, they look really crisp and tasty but the chickens dont seem to like them – I wondered are they nutritious to eat them as salad or stirfry) –
2) My main wormery is a beer crate lined with cardboard stacked on a second crate filed with a soil compost mix. I sprinkle lime once a month and layer any rotton veggies with a bit of cardboard and oranic compost, but I have a problem – Mice or small rats like to get in and I dont want to encourage them.
I dont put any meat bones or fat into the crate so what attracts the mice ? I have shade net and distbin lid on top – I can find something which fits more tightly but what attracts mice?
3) I add water but sparingly, how much water need I add to get worm tea ?
4) I get the kids to sort out the bottom crate to remove all the worms once a month but how does one know when its vermicast – it just looks like the same compost I put in originally.
Thanks for any help you can give
and happy worming