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Brendan starts with ...
I like this: http://www.wormfeast.com.au/index.html
but too expensive for me.
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Ken says...
G/day Brendan, You should be able to make your own mate. Cut the bottom out of a big ole plastic pot and find something for a lid, you can glue some fly screen on the inside to cover the old drain holes.
I haven't covered the holes on mine because I've got ducks and they take care of the flies.
Here's a pic of mine I've been using for years.
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Brendan says...
Hi Ken, Yeah, that's what I intended to do. Buy those smallish white buckets from bunnings with the tight fitting lid, and cut the bottom out, drill some holes in the sides and 'plant' it:-)
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Ken says...
That's the way to go, I don't put mine in the ground very deep, and keep moving them around my trees.
That's about all the feeding they get plus keeping them watered & mulched.
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Brendan says...
I'm planning to 'plant' 2 or 3 in the veggie garden and some for the fruit trees as well.
I like those white buckets, because of the taper on the sides, which will make it easier to pull them out and move them :-)
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MaryT says...
Will you put holes on the side of the buckets like the ones on the web side? I notice they 'plant' it the wider side down (to keep it in place, I suppose).
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Ken says...
Sounds good Brendan, cheaper as well..Much cheaper.
Anyway! It's time for ole Tom on the ABC

MaryT I'd say the proper wormfeast ones are designed to be put in the ground and left there, not moved around, hence Brendans idea with the tapered bucket, it can be easily pulled outa the ground and moved.

Cheers
Ken
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MaryT says...
Thanks for the ideas, Ken and Brendan. I am going to make my own version as my place is tiny. The bucket would be too big. BTW if you know anyone who owns a pool they always have a surplus of strong buckets with good lids from the chlorine they buy.
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Brendan says...
Hi Mary T,
You can buy them from 1 litre up to 25L.
http://www.protectoralsafe.com.au/search/plastic-buckets-and-pails/302024793
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JUJUBE FOR SALE IN MELBOURNE says...
Hi MaryT,

You may get buckets for free at bakeries from those apple or pie fillings which come in almost the same size as the ones sold in Bunnings.

You could use the brocoli foam boxes with lid. Get 2 boxes, make 2 layers and the top one with small holes so worm juice can drip down and that one is sitting on top of the bottom box where there should be only one big hole at the corner big enough to insert a 10 cm long plastic hose to harvest the worm juice.
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MaryT says...
Hi Jujube: good to know you can get buckets from bakeries; I have a few bakeries in my neighbourhood but anyway they're too big for my garden. My old worm farm was made from broccoli boxes! Then I went away and thought it died and now I think the worms are living in my compost bin :)
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Brendan says...
Here's my Mk1 version, I planted it between some tomatoes.
When digging the hole, I found about 6 native worms, so I shoved them on top of the scraps, they're having a ball :-)
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MaryT says...
That is one NEAT job, Brendan: don't forget to leave a forwarding address to the worms when you move it or are you taking them with you?
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snottiegobble says...
Thats a great idea Brendan, I am going to use it all round my banana trees. Also glad to see you have 2 feet, theyre always handy for getting about. :-)
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Ken says...
You might have to make sure you don't put any tomato in the bucket Brendan, the worms might decide to cut out the middle man and go for em straight off the bush..:)
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Brendan says...
Thanks for the humour guys & MaryT, very good!
SG, don't forget, bananas are gross feeders. They like lots of P & K fertilizer and some dolomite :-)
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snottiegobble says...
Brendan, thats some bunch!! I am trying to do it organically except for S. of potash so whats my chances?
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Brendan says...
SG, I thought SoP was organic, it's dug out the ground (I think:-)
I know Peter Cundall uses it around his 'organic' tomatoes?
Forgot to mention, my bananas have been fed heaps of cow manure (about 4 bags per plant), organic Super Growth fert., and lots of mulch.

http://www.jhbunn.co.uk/index.php/products/fertilisers/straights/73-sop.html
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MaryT says...
Brendan do you keep monkeys or are you a commercial grower? That's A LOT of banana!!! Pity they're no longer $13/kg (for you, that is)
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snottiegobble says...
I love that question MaryT, Lol, but it looks like Brendan keeps cows! Bananas got up to $16/kg here, thats why I bought 'Barney',but still waiting for the bell!
Cow manure Brendan, so thats your secret all along??
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MaryT says...
Cow manure and movable worm feast, Brendan what a life your bananas have. $16/kg for bananas, SG? I wonder who was eating it since most of a banana is the peel, i.e. Aussie ones. But if you have to keep cows to make bananas they would have to be expensive :)
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Worm farms says...
From your ideas I am going to use the white bucket with a lid but use holes on the bottom - not too big as we have trouble with rats and mice in the compost bins/garden
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Brendan says...
Hi Worm farms, I removed the bottom completely. Don't forget this bucket is buried about 300mm deep in the garden, I don't think rats or bandicoots would dig down that far!
So far, mine's working fine. The little buggers are eating more food scraps than we can produce! :-) (their food is now supplemented with lawn clippings:-)
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Brendan says...
G'day SG, did you ever get around to making a few worm farms? :-) As I said above, mine's working a treat.
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snottiegobble says...
Hi Brendan, I am still undecided where to put them, maybe one in each corner of my above ground veggie patch would suffice?
At the moment I am building up the numbers in my freezer farm so that I can introduce plenty without weakening the "gene pool".:-) It suffered a brief patch of anaerobics which I suspect was caused by onion scraps so now they are banned along with citrus.
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Brendan says...
Hi Ken, your warning about worms 'cutting out the middle man' appears to have come true :-(

Here's a pic of some radish grown about 1.2m from my buried worm bucket, looks like hungry worms? I've never seen slugs in my garden.

You were right.
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Julie says...
Brendan, worms don't eat living food, so it must be something else.

If they ate seeds, as some people accuse them of, we would never be able to grow anything!
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MaryT says...
I agree with Julie; no way could it have been worms eating your radishes. It looks like damages from some sort of implement.
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snottiegobble says...
Some of mine have similar marks, but not as badly eaten. I think it must be mice because it seems to happen at night!
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Brendan says...
I'd say you're right SG, it does look like mice! Have to set some traps or bait:-)
He's had another nibble at them last night :-(
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snottiegobble says...
Yes Brendan, even my turnips have similar bite marks yet the carrots seem untouched!
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Brendan says...
Funny thing SG, I've got carrots growing next door to the radish, and they haven't been touched either? :-)
Put a mouse/rat bait in the garden a few nights ago, and something ate the whole lot! Boy he's gonna be crook!

BTW, picked this bunch about a week ago. I've removed the top 'hand', it had 24 bananas! All up, about 110 bananas on the bunch (I've been flogging a few:-) Love bragging about my bananas! :-) Might be sick of them soon tho. Like the way they're ripening too.
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Brendan says...
Hi All, pulled this strange looking radish today, wonder if it was too much sulphate of potash? Any ideas?
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MaryT says...
Hi Brendan - was that a brag or a complaint or what? The radishes look very cute. Two for the price of one; you can't be complaining? :)
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Brendan says...
Hi MaryT, it was a trick question LOL.
I know what I done, and was just asking what others thought re sulphate of potash idea :-)
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