LOMBRICHICOLTURA – EARTHWORM FARM

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Un modello di vermi-compostiera per l’allevamento di lombrichi

HOME MADE WORMFARM

 

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FATTORIA DI LOMBRICHI DA BALCONE

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cassettiera da balcone: 40x40x85 cm ca. euro 50 (più spese di spedizione)
– 4 cassetti (di cui 3 forati per il passaggio dei lombrichi)
– rubinetto per la raccolta del liquido (“thè” – ottimo per bagnare i fiori)
– rotelle per agevolare gli spostamenti
– 2 “fermi” da mettere sotto le rotelle per creare la pendenza necessaria a raccogliere il percolato (“thè”)
– manuale di istruzioni
– fornitura di lombrichi necessaria a parte (euro 20).

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LETTIERA PER LOMBRICHI DA 2 MQ

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Lettiera tipo: area 2mq.
Il lombrico vive nella lettiera in mezzo alla sua alimentazione. Smaltisce tutti i residui della casa, dei giardini e degli orti, trasformandoli in humus, prezioso concime naturale indispensabile per fiori, piante e ortaggi.
Inoltre si producono lombrichi da esca o da immettere nel terreno.
Avere nel proprio giardino una lettiera è interessante, istruttivo, produttivo e remunerativo.
Un buon numero di lettiere permette un’attività industriale.

 

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per acquistare modelli per la produzione industriale oppure kit scolastici:

http://www.lombricolturacompagnoni.it/

ENGLISH VERSION

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But why earthworms?

Earthworms take waste products and turn it into a useful product – compost. Earthworm castings (basically their excretions) provide one of the best and most environmentally friendly fertilisers you can get. Castings consist of 30 per cent humus – the end product of compost – and are considered to be five times richer than good topsoil.

If that sounds unhygienic to you, it is a known fact that earthworms neutralise up to 99 per cent of germs in less than two hours.

Another byproduct of your earthworm farm is “worm tea”, an odourless liquid that seeps through the material that the worms eat.

These handy little helpers will assist you to reduce your weekly household waste by up to 25 per cent! Go on, start your own earthworm farm and convert your organic waste into food for your plants.

Once you get over the fact that you have worms in your kitchen, you will realise the value these little workers have for our environment.

How to start your own earthworm farm
There are two ways to start your own worm farm:

1) Buy a ready-made kit from a supplier (for a list of earthworm farm suppliers, |click here|)

2) Make your own. Here’s how…

What you’ll need:
* Two plastic bins with lids (black, as earthworms prefer the dark)
* If one bin has a tap attached to the bottom of the bin it will assist with tapping the “worm tea”
* Mesh
* Pebbles
* Newspaper, cardboard
* And… earthworms (do not use earthworms that you find in your garden; use only Red Wigglers. To find out where you can buy earthworms in South Africa, |click here|)

Step 1: 
* Take the plastic bin (without the tap) and drill a series of holes in the bottom to allow drainage. (Tip: drill from the inside so the rough edges are on the outside of your bin; if you drill on the inside, it might hamper your juice flow).
* Then drill some holes in the walls and lid of the same bin to allow air to circulate.

Step 2:
* Place a layer of small pebbles at the bottom of the bin, followed by a layer of mesh to assist with drainage and prevent the worms from falling out the bottom.
* Then add a 5 cm-thick layer of damp shredded newspaper (long thin streaks), which acts as bedding for the earthworms.

Step 3:
Next you will need to add the worms; remember to add them with the soil that they came in.

Step 4:
* Cut a piece of cardboard to fit over the bedding and wet it a bit with a spray bottle.
* “Cover” your worms with the cardboard and then put the lid on.
* Place this bin into the bin with the tap and place it in a shady spot. You can even leave it in your kitchen, as your earthworm farm should be odourless.

MORE INFO: http://www.rainharvest.co.za/2010/06/reduce-organic-waste-start-an-earthworm-farm/

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