Worm Casting in 40L bags (enough for a 2m2 garden bed)
SCRAP produces worm casting on a week to week basis and for the serious user who wants the convenience of bagged (rather than bulk product – see SCRAP Bulk Worm Casting) cast we provide the 40L bag weighing around 30 kg.
Packed in polycarbonate bags which breathe, but leave in shade as they are not UV protected, though they are reusable. Return to SCRAP for a 5% discount (“container deposit”) on your next purchase.
Worm casting is renowned as nature’s way of crop/garden fertilisation. As Charles Darwin showed in his experiments 130 years ago, the root hairs of plants seek out and grow directly into any available worm cast which may be suspended as a colloid and osmotically absorbed into the plant through the root protoplasm.
For other amounts of worm casting see our Composting and Worm Farming category.
Managing Your Worm Farm
There are many aspects to managing your worm farm but a few hints based on our practice and experience may help you:
1. Use a cover, we sell organic jute covers (which the worms love but eat through in around 3 months) and our new Longlife covers which will last for years. The cover helps the worms to come to the surface to feed (always feed under the cover) as it keeps the top tray of the worm farm darker. By keeping the cover moist you are maintaining the correct moisture level in the worm farm which will keep the worms happy and provide you with around 200mls of liquid per week.
Compost worms are tireless in converting organic (food and garden) waste into worm castings (manure) which is a complete organic fertiliser for plants. Charles Darwin first demonstrated how worm castings rejuvenate and enrich the soil. His experiment with potatoes showed their roots growing directly towards the castings, searching for their fine balance of nutrients. There are three main species of compost worms also known as earthworms – Reds (eg, lumbricus rubellus) and the striped Tigers (eg, eisenia foetida) are European imports now common in Australia, but there are over 1000 native varieties including Blues (eg, Octolasion cyaneum).
For over 25 years Eden Seeds has been providing non-hybrid, old traditional, open pollinated varieties of seed. None are genetically engineered, nor chemically treated and they are available as Certified Organic (Select) or regular (Eden). Many are supplied by growers who themselves purchase seed from Eden. SCRAP is merchandising only the Select Organic at this stage. All are packed in home gardener sized packets (see picture or our display). Larger quantities are available on request.
Worms and worm farming are a passion at SCRAP because we can address key questions of waste reduction through our friends the “dolphin of the soil” as Darwin called them. Right at the centre of our wasteful society is the question of organic waste. No other society in human history has neglected it so shamefully as our modern consumer society. A simple lesson for us all is that by sending 1kg of organic material to landfill we cause 2kg of CO2 gas to emit into the atmosphere.