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The War on Waste: 2 easy things to do on your farm

Posted by Amanda Walker on 14 June 2017
The War on Waste: 2 easy things to do on your farm

The recent ABC TV show 'The War on Waste' has drawn attention to just how much waste each Australian generates on average, and the actions we can all take to minimise rubbish going into land fill.

Composting and worm farming are two things you can start immediately to cut down on what goes into the rubbish collection, while also creating valuable organic material that will help your garden bloom.

Composting and worm farming

Composting and worm farming help you put organic matter to good use, rather than adding it to landfill.  You can deal with household and garden organic waste including fruit and vegetable scraps, egg shells, kitchen towel, stale bread and even human and pet hair and scraps of wool or cotton. 

Composting

Composting helps speed up the natural decomposition of organic materials, to create rich organic matter known as compost. By composting your organic waste such as food scraps, you can return nutrient to the soil and improve its structure. 
There are several ways that you can compost. Creating a compost heap or using a compost bin are two of the most popular. If you are using heap, you will need to turn it regularly with a fork to aerate it. Compost bins  help you maximise space for composting without sacrificing too much of your garden, while compost tumblers are designed to rotate, making this process easier.  

Worm farming

Worm farming is a great way to deal with organic waste, even if you don't have much space. Worm farming helps recycle food waste into a fertiliser you can use on your vegie patch. The by-products of worm farms are castings (worm poo) and liquid (worm wee). Both are excellent fertilisers that can be mixed into soil or sprinkled onto lawn, although you must dilute the liquid first as it is very potent. 

You can purchase a purpose made plastic worm farm complete with a worm starter kit  (many councils have rebates for these to encourage waste reduction) or use a garden bed.

One of the tricks of worm farming is to avoid overfeeding your worms and don't let their home become too acidic. Covering the worm farm with wet hessian, a few sheets of damp newspaper or a purpose made worm blanket  should help keep your worms moist.  Avoid cooking your worms -don't store your worm farm in hot, direct sunlight!

Find out more about starting a worm farm from this factsheet.


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Author: Amanda Walker
About: Amanda Walker is the Director of The Farm Co and Yerecoin Traders. Amanda has extensive experience in animal health, working for a number of years with the Institute for Animal Health in the UK. Amanda also worked for a UK government response team during the Foot and Mouth outbreak back in in 2001. Amanda has a keen interest in sheep and livestock health, working with her local grower to help manage their parasite control throughout the seasons.
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