Common Issues with your Worm Farm and How You Can Solve Them
My worms aren't eating all the food I'm giving them!
Have you gotten too excited when you receive your first worm farm and overfeed them? We have all been there! When you first start your worm farm, it takes some time for the worms to settle into their new environment. It’s important to start with smaller feeding portions and work your way up. Once worms feel more comfortable, you will notice that they will start to process more and more food. Patience is key!
My worm farm is too moist!
There are a few reasons why your worm farm may become too moist. Typically, a worm farm is too moist when the balance between nitrogen and carbon sources is off. Also consider the water content of the food scraps you are adding, for example: cucumbers and citrus are high in water content, so it’s important to be aware of how much you’re feeding them and reduce when necessary.
A healthy worm consists of a 50:50 ratio of carbon and nitrogen. A good practice, when feeding your worm farm, is to add a handful of shredded paper or newspaper with every handful of food scraps. That way you know it’ll always be a perfect balance!
My worm farm is too dry!
There are a few indications to know that your worm farm is too dry. If it’s attracting creatures like ants, that’s when you know it needs some moisture. As mentioned, a healthy worm farm consists of a 50:50 ratio of carbon and nitrogen sources. If it is looking too dry, that may indicate that you are putting more carbon than nitrogen.
But that may not be the only reason why! Is your worm farm being exposed to too much sunlight? Worms like dark cool environments, so leaving your worm farm out in direct sunlight may not be the best option for them. In hot weather especially, you’ll notice that the worm farm will dry up much quicker than usual. To solve this, we recommend sprinkling some water over the top of the worm blanket, but not too much that the worms drown!
There are other creatures in my worm farm, help!
Are you seeing other creatures in your worm farm? Don't be too alarmed because this is completely normal! Most of the creatures you see don't pose a high threat, unless their population maximises. Here are a few examples of what creatures you may see and how to prevent them from being a threat:
Springtails & mites
Seeing these creatures may indicate the acidity levels are high. To reduce this, we recommend sprinkling our Worm Farm & Compost Conditioner on top and aerate it in to reduce the pH levels.
As mentioned previously, ants are an indication that your worm farm doesn't have enough moisture. Simply sprinkle on top of your blanket to bring some moisture back in.
I'm sure you have seen these fly out of your worm farm before. This indicates that fruits aren't being aerated into the bedding as much as it should be. Ensure you are aerating your worm farm each time you place food scraps in. It's also good to sprinkle half a cap of Worm Farm & Compost Conditioner into the mix to reduce the acidity of your worm farm.
Soldier Fly Larvae
They are harmless! They love to break down organic waste! The only reason why they'd be an issue, is if their population outgrows the worms, where worms may die from competing with these creatures for food.