The Gentleman Vermiculturist is a culmination of a number of events.

I have been obsessed by my worm farm since I picked one up with some Christmas money a couple of years ago. It turned into a fun project with the kids; assembling the new worm farm and populating it.

vermiculture, worm farm, howto
Whilst she can produce … food … for worms, we decided that it wouldn’t work out well.

Fast forward almost a year, and disaster strikes! Melbourne, Australia, is subject to some crazy hot weather in Summer. Around Christmas and New Year the temperature soars into the high 30’s to low 40’s Celsius. My worm population had grown pretty significantly from the original one thousand worms I picked up as the original stock and I planned to split the two bin system into two single bin systems.

I failed to consider the impact of the heat and the sudden increase in population in a very small place. What I ended up with was a horrific mess of alive and half dead red wrigglers. My farm, affectionately named Jim, was little more than worm-soup!

worm farm soup from summer heat
My shame. Not so secret anymore.

The only option that I had was to dump the (probably) wiped out worm farm into the compost bin. There were a few stirrings, so all was not entirely lost. Since then I have been reading, and watching and reading and watching to make sure I don’t repeat the same mistakes.

What I have come to realise in that time is that vermiculture in an urban environment, where space is at a premium, poses some different challenges that I have to face than those with more acreage!

Adam Jones is the Gentleman Vermiculturist. He lives the Melbourne suburb of Dingley Village with his wife, two kids, dog, cat and, according to his wife, an alarming number of worms. He uses email and can be contacted at adam@thegentlemanvermiculturist.com.au.
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