How to Start a Worm Farm for Fishing

How to Start a Worm Farm for Fishing
Raising worms is growing in popularity. Worms help maintain the soil and nourish gardens, flower beds and lawns. They consume many types of household waste such as leftover food in an ecologically sensitive way, and they are used as bait in fishing. Anyone can start with just a few materials and a few hours.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Shovel
  • Pick
  • Rake
  • Pressure-treated lumber (2x12)
  • Gravel
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Peat moss
  • Worms (available at worm wholesalers or local bait shops)
Step 1
Select and mark off the area for your worm farm by using landscape paint around its planned perimeter.
Step 2
Use the pick and shovel to dig out the area within the perimeter down to a depth of 14 inches.
Step 3
Shovel a 2-inch layer of gravel into the excavated area. Level it with a rake. This will allow some drainage and provide for circulation of the farm.
Step 4
Construct a frame made of lumber that fits within the area you have dug. Do this by measuring each side of the excavated area, and cutting 2 x 12 pieces of lumber to size. Set them on edge and attach at the corners with nails or wood screws.
Step 5
Lower the frame into the ground and rest it upon the gravel base. This frame will serve as walls that prevent the soil from collapsing into the worm bed. By digging to a depth of 14 inches initially and then adding a 2-inch base of gravel, the top of the frame should now be the same height as the ground surrounding it. Back fill behind the boards as necessary with some of the soil left from digging out the bed.
Step 6
Make a mix of soil, peat moss and shredded newspapers. Fill the worm bed to the top of the frame. Allow the bed to sit for one week so the peat moss and newspapers can decompose.
Step 7
Purchase worms from a worm wholesaler (there are many online), and add them to your worm bed. Your worm farm is now up and running.

Tips & Warnings

Feed your worms a variety of items such as household food scraps and coffee grounds. See the resources section for more ideas on what to feed them and how often.

Article Written By Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith began writing for Demand Studios in May of 2009 and has since written over 1400 articles for them. He also writes for "The College Baseball Newsletter." He attended the University of New Mexico, and has more than 25 years of experience in the business world.

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