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Extra Critters in Worm Farm

PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:53 pm
by Alicat79
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.

Re: Extra Critters in Worm Farm

PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:21 am
by bubba louie
Your maggoty guys are soldier fly larvae. They're very common in worm farms and do no harm.

Re: Extra Critters in Worm Farm

PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 7:43 pm
by Alicat79
Thanks, I might feed some to the chickens, I'm sure they would love them.

Re: Extra Critters in Worm Farm

PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:49 pm
by bubba louie
Alicat79 wrote:Thanks, I might feed some to the chickens, I'm sure they would love them.



They're actually very good composters.

Re: Extra Critters in Worm Farm

PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:28 pm
by dolicus
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.
good gardening.

Re: Extra Critters in Worm Farm

PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 12:56 pm
by GoldenWattle
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?

Cheers,
GoldenWattle (#)