My worm farm has 10-15 small shoots that look like beans or such growing in it. Is this ok to leave?

Or should I remove them diligently when i find them? I presume we're throwing seeds into the farm which is also bad right?

Asked by Io

5 answers

  • They could be weeds! So, remove and destroy them.

    Answered by Narain keswaniRating: 0
  • It's great!, you could harvest them and eat them :-), just kidding, you probably could but I wouldn't just in case. They are fine it's quite normal you can pull them out if you want or just leave them. Worms won't eat anything that's still living but the sprouts will die and then they will eat them

    Answered by Lauren Michener (staff) Rating: 0
  • Let them grow a little bigger and then carefully plant them out into your garden with the minimum root disturbance that you can manage. Soon you won't have little seedlings you will have a wonderful food plants growing your next meal.

    I recently emptied out 20 buckets of worm castings from a mobile worm farm I take to events to process event food waste. As I was a bit busy I put them aside to spread onto the garden. The next time I looked I had 20 buckets full of tomato and pumpkin seedlings growing up - as healthy as you could hope for!

    I am going to start planting them out into my garden today if there is a break in the rain so I shouldn't get much transplant shock. If I have to thin them out a bit later I will but in the mean time they wil be providing some great shading to the soil and help keep it moist and friable while I am establishing my next crop of seedlings over the coming weeks.

    Answered by Cameron LittleRating: 0
  • They could be weeds! So, remove and destroy them.

    Answered by Narain keswaniRating: 0
  • In the past few years with a worm farm we've had many repeat offenders (bonus garden plants) appear. Beetroot tops cut off sprouted and went on to bigger and better things, silverbeet cut off very low sprouted, & replanted producing fresh small leaves that are regularly harvested, even some wayward potatoes (and when transplanted produced a few dozen golf ball to tennis ball sized offspring).
    If you are not putting weeds in then it is VERY UNLIKELY that weeds will be sprouting.
    Carefully transplant the sprouting items into a rich medium (like some of your worm farm's past efforts and some sand mixed together). For the first few days (longer during the warmer months) keep the pot/bucket in a shaded (not direct sunlight) spot or in a shed/garage. Otherwise the direct sun will often kill off your newly arrived plants - remember they were growing in the dark - so they need time to adjust.
    A real bonus is sprouting corn cobs, fiddly but fun.

    Answered by Andrew RoydhouseRating: 0

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