At the end of Summer, we got rid of the bulky black old worm farms and moved up to Worm Castles from Wyndywood Worm Farm. We bought ours from the local supplier – Rob of Uncle Rob’s Worm Farm fame, from nearby Willaston.
Worm Castle trays are 400 X 400 X 135 mm and there are three of them plus a liquid tray (with tap) and a lid. They come ready to assemble and include a block of coir to make the bedding for the first tray before you start to add your good scraps and your worms. Worm Castles are a much smaller, lighter, alternative to traditional worm farms – the black plastic models can get pretty heavy when they’re full and my ageing muscles find it difficult to lift and move them, so this is a much better option.
There are three colours available, we got bluestone and mocha but there is a green too. I like the blue colour to brighten the garden but settled on a mix of both colours. They’re made from recycled plastic too which helps things a little.
Then units are pretty low to the ground and will probably need putting a couple of bricks under the legs if you want to fit a bucket or bottle under the tap to catch the precious worm leachate (it used to be called ‘worm wee’ but times change and knowledge grows). I’ll be frank, the model that we have is the first design and has two minor flaws – the walls are too flimsy and the mechanism that locks the lid to the tray below it is difficult to successfully use but the new model resolves both of these (with an increase in price though).
If you’d like to follow up on a Worm Castle, you can contact Rob Heinrich directly on 0422 314 295 or get more information about worm farming through ‘Uncle Rob’s Worm Farm‘. He sells worms too!
You can find out more about how we share Ligaya Garden with the worms who do so much work around here on our ‘Compost worms‘ page.