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Extra Critters in Worm Farm

Postby Alicat79 » Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:53 pm

Hello garden helpers, I have had a worm farm for about a month now. The pre made type you buy from bunnings. The first 2 weeks i was a bit too keen and over loaded the feeding tray. There was a bit of fuzz growing ontop of the top paper layer. So i haven't added scraps for the past 2 weeks. I had look today and the majority of the scraps have gone (i have now added more)but there are some extras in there. They look similar to magots but twice the size and brown. There are also small dark brown balls(eggs???) sitting in bundles ontop of the damp paper. Does anybody know what they are? Are they going to harm the worms? (the lid has been closed for the past two weeks)+(I live in Brisbane)
Also can i put chicken poo and old bedding straw in the worm farm?
Thank you all for your help.
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Re: Extra Critters in Worm Farm

Postby bubba louie » Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:21 am

Your maggoty guys are soldier fly larvae. They're very common in worm farms and do no harm.
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Re: Extra Critters in Worm Farm

Postby Alicat79 » Thu Jun 03, 2010 7:43 pm

Thanks, I might feed some to the chickens, I'm sure they would love them.
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Re: Extra Critters in Worm Farm

Postby bubba louie » Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:49 pm

Alicat79 wrote:Thanks, I might feed some to the chickens, I'm sure they would love them.



They're actually very good composters.
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Re: Extra Critters in Worm Farm

Postby dolicus » Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:28 pm

The bedding straw would be good I probably would not put to much chicken poo but it should'nt hurt.
Garden lime is great the worms love it and it helps keep the ants away.
I have been using seaweed every few months and the worms go crazy on it.
The liquid from my worm farm makes the basis of all the fert that I make up.
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Re: Extra Critters in Worm Farm

Postby GoldenWattle » Wed Aug 11, 2010 12:56 pm

dolicus wrote:I have been using seaweed every few months and the worms go crazy on it.


As liquid solution (ie Seasol) or whole seaweed leaves?

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