With worm farming becoming popular all over the country, more and more people are turning to this eco-friendly business venture. Across the US and around the world, people are building their own small worm farms in their backyards. In this article, we will discuss ways to help you get started on worm farming.
Just like any other business venture, it will take around 3 to 5 years to profit fully from worm farming. In order to keep the maintenance costs down to a minimum, it is important to learn how to plan your business. By planning your business properly, there will be less problems and quicker chances of netting profits.
Finding a great breed stock is best in a city gardener’s basement supply as well as established breeders. Do note that some breeders tend to jack up prices especially for small-scale breeders because it takes around 90 days to double the worm population.
Knowing the number of worms to start your worm farm with will depend on various factors including your budget, the scale of the worm farm you plan, the available space for the worm farm, temperature or seasonable changes in your local area, etc. Another factor that could determine the number of worms you need is if you plan to ship the worms all over the country or you just want to sell locally.
Note that the weather is the number one factor that could affect the worms so it is important that you use worm bins that provide ample protection when it rains. The bins should also protect your worm farm from ants, which is a common occurrence when the bedding is dry or highly acidic. To avoid ants, apply petroleum jelly around the legs of your stand or keep the legs of your stand in a container of water.
Covering fresh worm food with the bedding soil or placing a layer of wet newspaper over it can help stave off vinegar flies. Overfeeding the worms could attract flies and other insects so make sure to keep the volume of food you give in check. Bins that started emitting foul odor is a sign that you are either feeding them too much or you fed them with food that rotted before they can eat it. Make sure to get rid of any waste that may affect air flow and space for the worms to move around.
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