Boost compost worm growth using DIY dry food, more worms mean more poop :)

Have seen a few folks chat about how well a dry worm food works in their farms in boosting growth & numbers of worms so thought I would try some myself.. Found a few dry goods in the pantry…
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  1. RobBobs Backyard Farming says:

    Have seen a few folks chat about how well a dry worm food works in their
    farms in boosting growth & numbers of worms so thought I would try some

  2. kevin thomas says:

    hey bud, would it be better to run the chicken starter through a mixer, to
    make it more of a powder? or just use it how it comes?

  3. fuckvegan says:

    You took you 8 min and 40 sec to tell us that you used oats, wheat and
    buckwheat and a little egg shell for worm food ? Fuck me

  4. Verity Grace Turner says:

    Very interesting. I think if you want to sprout buckwheat you would need
    the unhusked buckwheat. Husked buckwheat is wonderful for pancakes etc.

  5. Dorothy Bailey says:

    sorry, computer shut down. Any way, Do you have any problems keeping ants
    away? I am so worried about getting bitten and the ants harming the worms.
    Please let me know. Thanks so much.

  6. Kyle Agius says:

    Really enjoyed this video :D

  7. RottenProduce says:

    What kind of blender/grinder is that?

  8. JacobsBackyardGardening says:

    The molasses mix is also really good for the compost as it feeds the
    micro-organisms so the compost matures faster.

  9. Dorothy Bailey says:

    I was wanting to know about ants. My composter has been attracting red
    ants. I have a bathtub that we changed out. I know that my daughter has
    good results with her container worm bins. She keeps hers inside and has h

  10. mynameisliv1 says:

    I have some wholemeal rolled oats in the cupboard that expired in May – are
    they okay to give to the worms?

  11. Ron Lucky-Lwcus says:

    Very good video Rob, lots of useful info. This has got me thinking even
    more about my farm. I also do a lot of home-brewed beers and lagers.
    Brewers know that granulated sugars do not produce great beer, but instead
    use dextrose or a spray malt in the same proportions as granulated sugars.
    Yeasts find it easier to convert the sugars in the malts than ordinary
    sugars, so spraying it on the farm should produce a quicker result to all
    the soil microbes etc. I am also now wondering if it would help to
    occasionally sprinkle some yeast over the bedding to help step up the
    decomposing actions of the bacteria as well. Contemplating adding the
    sediment that remains when the beers or wines are bottled, preferably
    letting it dry out a bit first.
    Most of my food for my little critters begins in the bokashi bin first. It
    is then taken to another bin and mixed in with some older composts and
    soils and left for a few weeks. The PH is adjusted if necessary and then
    the mixture is just right for the worms.
    To get the best out of composting, I am a firm believer in making sure that
    all the ingredients are cut very small. I liken it to trying to burn a
    book. It will burn for a bit and then go out in a few minutes, however if
    the book had all the pages ripped out and crumpled, you’d have a roaring
    fire in seconds. The same thing happens with composting, the smaller the
    bits are cut up the faster the microbes can get at all of it and process it
    quicker to make available to worms to digest.

    The winter will soon be with us here in the UK and I want to try and get my
    farm running at normal summer time levels. I was trying to think of ways to
    warm my can-o-worms setup by using a home-brew heating belt fixed to the
    outside of the working level. They are only 25 watts so won’t be strong
    enough to cook the little ones but at best hope to keep the bedding at
    least 10-15C above the ambient temperature. Will also cover them with a
    insulation jacket that is normally made to cover the hot water cylinders.
    But I will monitor the bedding temps and outsides temps until I am sure
    that everything works as it should.

    looking forward to your next installment.

  12. Graham R Dyer says:

    Rob you are just a mine of Good information, I’m just getting into worms
    for the garden and I was wondering if I could make my on worm bin/and which
    type to make, I’ve seen a few different type’s on YouTube and I reckon the
    Horizontal migration types (you know with the divider in the middle) looks
    to me the best, (like your bath tub but with a lid and divider), I will use
    your feed mix for the reds. Oh by the way my Cucamelon’s are now up. thanks
    for the Videos.

  13. The Abled Gardener says:

    Like Luke said, I love the dry food, the worms loved it too, thanks for the
    recipe Rob. I love the bathtub farm.

  14. Yakup Canik says:

    Dear Bob,
    I watched your video and liked it very much.
    But I do not exactly mix. OK, but what is the name of wheat and other
    agricultural lime mixture.
    Thank you for your help.
    My e-mail address;

  15. martysgarden says:

    Thanks Rob, I always feed mine the rice after I cook and I find that they
    go for that first other than the other surrounding foods. My professional
    worm farming friend said that proteins help them breed and lay more eggs,
    so that may be possibly why! Cool video matey, I shared it over at Happy
    House and Garden,,Happy gardening Marty Ware

  16. Janet Little says:

    Thanks for all your videos, I have finally got some worms going
    successfully because of the information you gave us.

  17. Michael Foster says:

    is it advisable to feed the worm, dried fish food flakes? The only thing
    that would worry me is the coloured dye that is in them.

  18. John Cruz says:

    I do add rabbit poop to my spinning compost bin, but would it be a good
    idea to add it to my worm bin as food or bedding or both. I currently have
    a bedding of peat moss and dried leaves, it’s been about two months now and
    I can’t tell if the bedding is peat moss and leaves or worm castings. I
    feed my worms both grounded up dried grains and slushy kitchen scraps
    fruits and veggies only no meats, fish or poultry. Also, I have a huge land
    tortoise that eats fruits, veggies and moistened dry tortoise food, which
    poops all over the yard. Can I use his poop in my compost and worm bins?
    Thank you.

  19. Alexander Dowding says:

    Hi Rob, your bathtub farm, is it indoors/undercover? I’ve got one outside,
    but in the hot summer the worms really seem to struggle in it and it is
    prone to dry out quite fast. Not to mention that rainwater fills it up if
    we have a hard summer shower. Do you recommend moving it? It looks like
    yours is full of great castings. Can you please tell me what else you add
    to it for your worms? I’d like to try and re-grow my population because
    many appear to have died out.

  20. Giovanni Curcio says:

    I’ve discover a small amount of white worms (I believe someone said they
    were pot worms ) in my 10 liter worm bin .. is this a danger to my red

  21. Patricia Brown says:

    Great video! Do you ever have problems with fungus gnats getting into your
    worm farm? if so, What do you do about it? Mine was completely overcome by
    the little stinkers & I eventually just got rid of it, but really want to
    start again!

  22. Doug Shafer says:

    I like it!

  23. chris sullivan says:

    G’day mate, been enjoying your vids, I’ve been farming worms for a few
    years now and lost my farm last summer as it was a bit warm for the little
    fella’s, i ended up restocking the farm from some eggs I had in some
    castings that where forgotten about, after setting them up again I was
    given some coffee grounds to add to my compost and thought I would feed the
    worms some as well, bugger me if it didn’t put them into overdrive, i was
    shocked with how quickly they had grown and much food was eaten including
    there bedding, I’m gunna give your recipe a try and see how they like it.
    Cheers chris 

  24. heavymechanic2 says:

    The chicken starter is what I use and tamale flour has some lime in it for
    grit. Just about any corn or grain product is a great feed to use. The
    molasses is a good tip to break down the food into a useable state.

  25. OneYardRevolution | Frugal & Sustainable Organic Gardening says:

    That’s a great way to put some stale grains to good use. The worms seem to
    love it!

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