No you don't need a worm farm, but it helps! I have one and it works great.
You can actually buy worm castings from farms and some organic potting mixes actually contain a certain amount of worm castings. If you are curious read the label and see for yourself!
Why Are Worm Castings So Great?
The answer is because it does not burn or shock the roots of plants and you just can't overdose and kill your little beloved plants
It's also very high in nutrients. Sure it does depend on what you feed the worms, but if you provide a wide variety of foods for them to consume, then you will also receive a high nutrient fertilizer!
Basically worms will eat anythings organic, but they don't really like acidic foods, so these are best avoided being fed into the worm farm.
Food such as the Onion family and citrus should be left out of the worm farm as the worms just don't like them.
Using Worm Wee and Worm Castings as a fertilizer is really great, but there are some tricks to it! If you want to know more follow this link WORM FARMS
Worm Wee is it Really That Great?
Why? Because the nutrients can be up taken into the roots of the plant almost immediately!
This can really give your struggling plants a major boost and is fantastic for growing leafy edibles such as lettuce.
And for lettuce to taste great it needs to grow fast and have a lot of nutrients available, otherwise it will taste bitter.
View this blog post about growing lettuce! How to grow tasty lettuce at home.
How Much Worm Wee Should I Use?
You will need to on the odd occasion water down your worm farm to keep it moist. The idea is not to saturate the farm, but keep it damp and cool.
I actually had a few hot days where my worm farm got too much sun and it killed a lot of the worms, poor worms. It was my daughter Karin who spotted the late summer sun on the farm and it only took a few days of that to knock half of them on the head.
So I moved the worm farm to a more suitable location and wet it down on the hotter days. It was out of the sun, but air temperatures where still extremely high during this period.
Each time I wet down the farm I caught water down below from the tap that was a deep brown colour.
I created a mixture of 50-50 50% water, 50% worm wee and watered my lettuce with this nutritious formula!
Did I see benefits? Yes, I did and I stopped buying other liquid fertilizers and now I am saving money! Also my fertilizer is as close to organic as I can get.
I use the worm wee on all my plants in succession and wet the worm farm down once a week. I pour on about 2 liters of water and in return receive close to 3 liters of liquid fertilizer.
If you want to save money, produce great fertilizer and also lower your carbon footprint then I highly recommend that you purchase a worm farm.
The kids love them too and get to see recycling at its finest.
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Happy Gardening Marty & Karin