A bittersweet end to 2019

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6 years since we started out here and it is hard to believe it has been our toughest year yet! The last 2 months have been particularly emotional for us and our small community. Catastrophic fires destroyed a total of 9 homes here in Killabakh and caused damage to many properties. Our farm came severely under threat twice, both times we believed everything we had worked so hard for was gone. A mix of luck, Pete’s determination, our small fire crew and a water bomber helicopter on one of the days all contributed to our place being quite unbelievably saved. A lot of our 10 acres has been burnt, we were lucky to only lose our water tank, some farm equipment, nursery stock and one of our tractors.

Fire is so tangible, unlike the slow but steady soul crusher that is this relentless drought. Farmers in our community and of course all over Australia are doing it so tough. This is a feeling we have been somewhat immune to until now as we had the foresight to invest in a water security earthworks project here in Jan 2018 which captured the last substantial rain we have had here. Our number has finally come up as slowly but surely both our water sources for the farm have dried up. We require approx. 3000L per day to run the worm operation in summer, Peter estimated our available water would last us up until Xmas eve 24th Dec. We formulated a plan to purchase a water tank for the trailer to cart water to the farm, this will be a daily occurrence until rain arrives and fills our water storage once again. This is absolutely not ideal for us as it is costly and time consuming. We can appreciate how lucky we are to have lasted this long considering our water usage and despite it all we will be in a good position when the rain does grace us with its presence.

We have been humbled by this whole experience as it has been a huge reminder to value the things most important to us. We pride ourselves on rising to challenges together and are confident in our plans and inner strength to help support our community and ourselves through this difficult time.

The start of the year feels so long ago, we took a trip to Fiji for a friend’s wedding and some much-needed family time. We visited a permaculture farm deep in the Sigatoka valley which saw us trekking through food forests and lush hills in the pouring rain. We were inspired by local villages natural examples of permaculture, sustainable off grid living and management of animal systems. We made some great connections and are looking forward to returning in the future with better local knowledge next time around.

After 12 months of living with a worn out home solar system which only provided us power during the day when the sun was shining. We finally were in a position to upgrade to a 3kw system, which has been life changing.

The worm operation has kept us on our toes this year with not a lot of time for much else. Tilly the tumbler has been hard at work which saw us supply many bags and trailer loads of nutrient rich worm castings to organic gardeners. Worms are in high demand resulting in record store and online sales and we enjoyed hosting many farm tours and garden clubs throughout the year. We have had a few worm fatalities in the post lately mostly due to the extreme weather conditions and package handling being out of our control. In early December made the difficult decision to suspend our online sales until March while we readapt our postage methods and the weather cools.

The girls are both well and growing too fast. Lacey and I have been enjoying learning the art of beekeeping, she was also very excited to perform in a local production “Marry Poppins” at the start of Dec, she nailed it and we are very proud of her. Elke is starting to boss her big sister around and loves art and crafts! Pete always has something on the go and is currently getting to know the new girl in his life, a 14 tonne excavator he has lovingly named “Jurassic”. I am trying my best to use any in-between time to work on my book “Homesteading 4 Immunity” which all going well is due to be published in Nov 2020.

Despite all our efforts and produce early in the year, the veg garden has unfortunately gone to rack and ruin as we simply have not had the water to allocate to it. Despite the lack of moisture our fruit trees were shaping up to bare lots of fruit. As the land became drier, bower birds have taken up residence here for the first time ever and despite our best netting efforts and even trapping and relocating birds there is not one piece of fruit remaining which is very disappointing.

A quick look at 2020

We are not expecting any decent rain or relief from these extreme high temperatures until at least March. Elemental ecosystems water retention expert Zach Weiss is coming back out from America to our hillside property in Feb where we will complete further earthworks to maximise our water storage and create more space for worm production. It will also be a great opportunity for Pete to polish his machine operation skills under Zach’s guidance.

We will be looking at taking on paid help for the business later in the year, lightening the load in key areas to spend time developing other avenues available to us. We are also committed to free up more time to grow food and go on more family adventures!

I am looking forward to improving our living areas this year, particularly the bathroom! Pete saved our wooden cubby shower house within an inch of its life from fire. I’m still not sure if I am happy or disappointed about that, I know he is definitely happy there is still no “rush” for a replacement! We also have our sights set on a worm packing shed with guest accommodation partitioned off at one end which will really see us streamline our operation, this is probably more like an early 2021 achievement.

It’s been a hard year, but we are confident in the foundations we have laid down and know how great our worming life will be again when the ponds are full, the weather is cooler, and the winter garden is flourishing.

Be safe and best wishes for the year ahead.

The WormBiz Team




The year of the Worm

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A year after the website launch our family team have been kept busy growing, packing and posting compost worms and castings to their new homes in QLD, NSW, VIC AND SA. We have also answered many wormy questions sent in from fellow worm warriors. Of course, there are always lessons to be learnt forcing us to grow and adapt, with only one order not reaching its destination safely which we were able to quickly rectify. I’m sure the poor Aussie post guy is still recovering from the stench of dead worms in his van!

The Earthworks developed here back in Jan literally saved our farm from the harsh drought through winter. Our original dam dried up and we were very relieved to be able to access water from a full secondary source. We are currently spending our summer afternoons working on this area, establishing water plants and entertainment areas, the girls are enjoying swimming and jumping off the dock too! We have kept in touch with many of the workshop participants who shared some of the journey with us.

Pete travelled to Canberra in April to present at the Australasian permaculture convergence and even had lunch with costa from gardening Australia!

In May, WormBiz was open to the public for the Landcare farm gate tour, we ran four info sessions throughout the day and had some great feedback from our guests. We also demonstrated worm farming practises at workshops and garden clubs up and down the east coast and have even managed to get some groupies!

WormBiz has created trailer envy all over town with the new rig. The double axel hydraulic tipper trailer has allowed us to easily deliver commercial loads of worm castings, mostly to organic growers. The trailer has also created the opportunity to collect more waste streams for our farm to process and therefore flourish. 

We were very grateful to meet Marty from “Marty’s garden show” this year, he and his daughter Karin visited our farm and shot a great first video “Aussie worm farmer shares top tips” which really got the word out there. Together we ran a competition asking for the best worm fact and received some very interesting new info! “Did you know the ancient Egyptians were the first to recognize the beneficial status of the earthworm? Cleopatra (69 – 30 B.C.) recognized the earthworms’ contribution to Egyptian agriculture and declared them to be sacred. Removal of earthworms from Egypt was punishable by death. Egyptian farmers were not allowed to even touch an earthworm for fear of offending the god of fertility” the lucky winner of this great fact was posted our popular premium worm pack!

We purchased some European night crawler breeding stock to diversify our range to include bait worms. They have proved to be more difficult and slow growing than the traditional compost worms we already grow but are confident we can continue to build this side of the business.

Samples of our worm castings have been sent to the environmental analysis lab at southern cross university in Lismore for extensive testing to find out just how great this stuff really is and what we can incorporate to make it even better! We are waiting with great anticipation for the results and will be sure to report back when we know more. Tilly the tumbler was hauled out of the bush and transported down the highway to an engineering workshop where she will be brought back to life and put to work in the new year helping us to create amazing soils full of life.

As summer approached Pete had to psych himself up to the yearly task of rigging up the shade cloth on the new terraces to protect the windrows (worm beds) from the harsh sun. About 30 rolls of 20m cord and 300m of shade cloth later, its done! With only one spill off the side of the ladder the worms and Pete are very happy!   

On the home front

Our Lacey took out the ‘best trick’ category at the Killabakh pet show by perching her chicken moonlight (wearing a bow tie) on one arm while balancing on one leg, a well-deserved win! Her little sister Elke won “smallest pet” by entering… you guessed it- a can of worms. One of the yearly highlights for This off-grid mamma would have to be upgrading the twin tub washing machine, followed closely by a basin in the make shift bathroom, no more brushing our teeth in the kitchen!

The veg garden has been fairly productive on a home scale and our fruit trees are in good health. We are currently indulging on an abundance of white peaches and even some plumbs this year! Not much animal production this year, it was great to have a break from animal rearing, but we are definitely missing our home-grown pork at this time of year.

Big plans for WormBiz next year, hoping to deliver great video content, informative blog posts and offer high quality veganic worm castings! As well as continue to grow happy, healthy worms for all the future warriors out there!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours, best wishes for a happy and healthy 2019

The WormBiz team

Pete, Anna, Lacey & Elke



The Hungry Bin! A scrap munching, organic fertiliser producing machine!

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What a fantastic piece of equipment that has made composting such an easy part of my day. I have had the bin now for roughly two years and have loved it. With minimal work I get to watch my food scraps turn into worm castings and wee which I then get to use on my garden. Talk about amazing cycles!

scraps before


scraps after












So, where did this relationship begin? I was provided with a bin by the Axisa’s and we filled it with compost mixture and some worms! It was a slow process to begin with as the worms need time to settle in and start to multiply. During this time they need to be fed much smaller amounts of food, but within about two or three months it took off! The worms were multiplying quickly and I couldn’t keep up with my food waste. This process has definitely made me eat more fruit and veg. After two years I think I have a pretty good relationship with my worms! I feed them and they provide me with nutrient dense worm casting and wee to feed my garden.

After about six months (give or take) the first lot of worm casting was ready to be removed. A very simple process, just undo the red clips on the side and the bottom of the bin comes out and you get a nice square of worm cast. I used this on my veggie garden to increase the nutrients in the soil.

The worm wee drips out from the bottom of the bin into the tray and is very easy to use! I add it to the bottom of my watering can and dilute with water and then water my garden, my rose bush and my pineapple in particular have taken off!

To keep my bin nice and healthy I follow the general rule of a layer of green followed by a layer of brown, so as you can see in the pictures I add torn up, wet newspaper or shredded paper to my bin about once a fortnight, and food scraps daily.

Worms eat nearly everything! So there is not much that I leave out of their diet, however I do avoid dairy, meat, bread, citrus and onions and garlic! Sometimes they get small amounts however I definitely try my hardest to keep these items out of my bin! Everything else goes in! Banana skins (if I don’t add them to my smoothie!), egg shells, apple peel, fruit and veg off cuts and skins! It’s great! I do make a point to put my fruit and veg off cuts in the bin on a daily basis, I find if the fruit/veg starts to rot it makes my bin smell a bit. As long as this doesn’t happen you would never be able to sniff out where my bin is located!! I am also cautious as to what worms to add to my bin to boost it as there are some products on the market that are not healthy. Whenever I have a question Anna and Pete at WormBiz are always happy to help out!

The worms!
Worm wee


Worm castings
shredded paper



Water security, taking the plunge into permaculture earthworks.

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Permaculture earthworks – an open consultancy with Zach Weiss (Protégé of Sepp Holzer) 

Our vision

It isn’t very often that a farm undergoes a complete overhaul and it’s one that can be daunting. So this time we chose not to do it alone. Here’s a closer look into working with a professional consultant, from the design phase through to implementation, and the joy of sharing the experience with 10 enthusiastic people.

This next stage in our “farm journey” has proved to the biggest and most ambitious and one that, most importantly, would build resiliency into our farm business and also into our lives. We jumped at the opportunity to have Zach Weiss help us tackle the big decisions we faced.

Zach is from Elemental Ecosystems and trained with ecology specialist Sepp Holzer. He’s the first person to earn the Holzer Practitioner certification directly from Sepp after completing a rigorous two-year apprenticeship working on projects in Europe and North America. The excellence of work performed by Sepp and Zach speaks volumes of what’s possible in creating water-retentive landscapes. Our group was captivated by the expertise of Zach’s presentations and the insight into the array of projects he and Sepp have undertaken worldwide.

Our farm’s transformation revolved solely around water – its flow, capture, storage and use. Starting with the site’s analysis, we were able to initiate elements of design, form a working plan, then organise and move into the implementation – major earthworks! The most important component was keeping an open dialogue with Zach.

Key points for site analysis

Slope, vegetation (including large trees), land formation and gradient, solar aspect, water flow, material/soil types and property boundaries.

Earthworks can be very expensive and putting our ambitious, yet achievable, plan into action proved to be the most difficult part. Problems can happen along the way and these significantly affect what you can physically get done and, of course, the final cost. I learnt many valuable lessons and realised that my previous communications with contractors have been absolutely to my disadvantage when the job was done incorrectly and hugely more expensive than I would have liked.

Test slices

The real learning curve for me, and the participants, was the limitation on the design without the right information. It didn’t matter about the previous proposals or plans we had in mind because until we knew what was beneath the surface, we didn’t know what strategies were needed. It is now clear – from here on I need to design around what is in the ground not how the land formation seems.

Not only did we have 10 participants here itching to get into the project, we had a 23 tonne excavator on site too. Problems remember? Our first arose at the start – the digger got stuck in the driveway when one of its tracks dislodged during unloading from the float. Our access was blocked for the next 12 hours while the machine was repaired; and this proved to be the first good lesson in how to deal with things going wrong. As part of the open consultancy, participants were able to work through the issues and saw many decisions being made that were not part of the plan. The machine was a big tired old girl and considering the amount and type of work we were attempting, a slipped track this early in the game was a concern. Nonetheless, we continued on and this minor speed bump made one thing clear – check when hiring equipment – its age, reliability and condition.

Expertise matters

It is essential to have the knowledge and experience on hand if and when difficulties arise. Our plans were changed as we went along and that was the beauty about working with a seasoned professional – it gave us the ability and flexibility to process problems effectively. Zach was great and always prepared to get dirty when the dirty needed to be done! Experience is a major factor and knowing how to adapt to make good decisions quickly is essential to ensure the work is performed correctly. We all hear that sometimes contractors will take short-cuts to suit their own purposes, but ultimately you are the one that wears the cost. So this is when a consultant pays dividends.

Day one

A farm tour and site analysis was done first thing on Saturday morning and the group could see the reasons why test slices are so critical to a successful dam project. The earth samples allowed us to determine three possible sites – but all had advantages and disadvantages.

The first possibility looked a good dam site but this waned as the amount of desirable clay material diminished with every bucketful we extracted. The second site produced a good slice as we found some pretty good clay deposits but the size of the dam wall and the lack of moisture deep-down was problematic, so we moved straight onto the next. The third slice, which ended up being our main pond feature, seemed to have some really good clay and the moisture levels were perfect as water seemed to be moving through the sub-surface. The only problem with this site, and why it was not our initial preference, was the constraints with property boundaries and natural water flow.

Day two

The second day started with a minor diesel spill before the bacon even started sizzling! Our acreage is steep and our visiting group parked cars and pitched tents nicely where space was at the ready. But the excavation contractor was short of space and parked the truck in an unusual position which resulted in fuel, from the refuelling tank, to pour out from a loose flange. We sprang into action with the excavator’s operator but it was some time before we were able to resolve the problem. Litres of diesel spewed onto my driveway. We have kept our place chemical free and this was the first time something like this has happened. It was hard to take and extremely disappointing – I did my best to capture it which resulted in keeping the discharge contained. Another valuable lesson – when working with contractors on your property careful consideration to equipment placement is paramount – check everything twice.

It wasn’t long before the machines were getting stuck into it. We had the big machine move some fallen trees and rework the bottom terrace that wasn’t built properly, so we had to entirely change the level for the water to actually run the right way. While the big machine was in action, the smaller three-tonner was removing top soil and making some room for the big girl to move-in later. The restriction with these two terraces was a couple of large trees that we were hoping to keep as privacy from neighbours and the tightness between the existing terraces.

“The expense of earthworks, especially when unforeseen circumstances come into play, like breakdowns, inclement weather and the wrong material types, can be quite overwhelming if you get half way through the budget and you’ve completed less than half the work.

Terrace design 

We run a commercial worm farm so knew that controlling leachate was going to be a big part of the design due to the high annual rain fall; around two metres. So designing a three pond system to deal with the large volumes of water and to remediate the nutrient was our best bet. As part of the project, we wanted to primarily control nutrients, treat the water and then reuse it in the existing worm production area. We also envisaged watering gardens and establishing potential vegie production plots. The first thing to get right on the terraces was the water flow and making them lean into the gully leachate ponds. Step two – they needed to be big enough for the worm habitat and allow vehicle manoeuvrability; to grow and service the worms using my small 23 horsepower tractor. And lastly, I wanted to build rigid overhead structures for shade and watering while having the ability to plant trees/shrubs/vines to utilise its framework.

Terraces work

Terrace systems are beneficial in many ways and the more I work with them the more I’m learning about their true capabilities and value. Slowing water flow, holding water, steering water, flat areas for fast production and batters for trees and vines, are key elements. There is vertical potential too with the ease of building overhead shade structures, microclimates are prominent, accessibility is easy and the views are great. Terraces are special and once they are built correctly they will always produce well.

The water moving through the ground is cleaned and filtered by the whole ecology; it will be crystal clear and mineral rich, and the ponds soon will be abundant with life. Build it they will come! This is an elemental ecosystem and my family’s lives will become part of it; growing memories to share in the future.

The weekend was a real hoot and thanks to everyone that came along. A special thanks to Zach for coming all the way from Montana in the beautiful northwest of America. And most of all, thank you to my wife and family who opened their lives for all to see.

Stay tuned – there’s more to come.

I hope you can join us for the next one.

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Thank you

Peter Axisa


Sepp Holzer ‘inspired’ earthworks event.

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The Sepp Holzer ‘inspired’ project details have been finalised and his Protege Zach Weiss is heading to the Mid North Coast on the 27th&28th Jan, for a 2-day open consultation and earthworks project for a commercial vermiculture(worm farm).  This is going to be a fantastic opportunity to be apart of a focus group specialising in harnessing water and nutrients through the landscape.  We will also take a closer look into developing rural off grid small holdings and deriving an income from a small piece of land (10acres).  We are a commercial worm farm who is looking to expand our capabilities to become a reslient sustainable farm with multiple income streams.
This Experience is a lot of value for $320, as this is an ‘open consultation’ proving participants with some of the various pieces of planning and implementation.  This will include site analysis, water and soil management, and some of the details involved in an earthworks project.  We are making this extremely affordable due to the close proximity of the event.
The Sepp holzer inspired masterplan design is going to take place over 2 days (Sat&Sun) during the Australia day weekend.  We will be undertaking an earthworks project consisting of terraces and ponds wih a 23 tonne & 3 tonne Excavator.
we are wanting to share this experience with the fellow few who see the value in learning from our experience and the mistakes we have made over our 3 year journey of living off the land.   And the value of working with professional experience and making the right decisions from the beginning.

Love is the fruit of marriage

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Love is the fruit of marriage.

Just over 12 months ago we celebrated our wedding day surrounded by our Community of family and friends. We all worked together to make it the most special memorable day. In addition to their love and support our guests made a very kind donation to a tree fund which allowed us to invest in around 70 fruit trees that were planted on our 10 acre property as part of a sustainable future for our family. We planted many different varieties to perhaps to highlight a growing opportunity for our farm.








Running our business on the land the ‘fruits of our labour’ have come in so many forms. A fruiting tree to me seems one of nature’s biggest rewards and for seemingly limited input, just our will for it to grow, Well that has been our initial approach anyway! Every tree was planted lovingly accompanied by high quality worm castings made available to us from our worm farm.

we mass planted around 70 small trees, our 7 year old daughter was amazed as we told her what she could expect to receive from them in the future. Of course she asked how long it would take and was disappointed with our answer. How quickly time goes! Spring has sprung!

Unexpectedly the winner by far is the two tropical peach trees we planted beside each other for them to cross pollinate. They hit the ground running and quickly formed into large trees seemingly overnight. We watched as their glossy green leaves disappeared in Autumn and a twiggy skeleton remained that blossomed cute little pink flowers. Early spring healthy looking leaves returned followed by little green balls of hope. Both trees were laden with hundreds of fruit. Terrified of losing such a great gift to our family by insect attack, particularly fruit fly we completely netted both trees which worked well. We never spotted any fruit fly and only a few fruits were damaged by birds who cleverly got inside the netting. We were so excited to receive big sweet juicy white peaches with not a mark on them. We picked them when the skin was vibrant in colour and the fruit was slightly soft and smelt delicious! I wish there was a way we could share them all with you! They have been a proud addition to our lunchboxes, fruit platters and I have been particularly enjoying white peach flavoured kombucha!








Our citrus fruits were expected to take well and haven’t disappointed we have many green signs of fruits and are expecting a big harvest that I will be sure to report on.

We decided to pot the Australian native finger limes best described as natures caviar and they have also done very well. They are still green for now but are of good size. We couldn’t help tasting one, the citrus bursts are quite bitter and taste very limey at the moment but we can tell they will be ahh-mazing!








It hasn’t all been this exciting. We have been very time poor this year, a new baby, booming business, extreme summer temperatures, drought and goat attack!  The trees have mostly had to fend for themselves and some are no longer with us.  See the list we planted below.

1x Macadamia, 2x tropical peaches, 1x Bush plum, 2x Pears, 2x Nectarine, 4x Finger limes, 14x Avocados, 2x Apricots, 3x Plums, 4x Apples trees, 6x Grape vines, 1x Kiwi fruit vine, 2x Navel oranges, 2x Mandarins, 6x Blueberries, 2x Blood Navel oranges, 1x Cherry tree, 1x Logan Berry, 1x Lime, 1x Tahitian Lime, 4x Arabica Coffee plants, 1x lemon, 1x curry tree,2x Davidson Plumbs, 2x persimmons


Harvesting worms, castings and liquids.

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Harvesting worms can be easy – feed worms in one spot and keep taking them out as they come otherwise known as baiting.  Or you can take the top inch of the feed layer out and use the sunlight to drive them down on to a piece of newspaper or the like also known as light separation.  Rule of thumb – Try not to take more then 1/3 of your worms, otherwise it will take to long for the population to bounce back.   

Harvesting cast – when it is time to harvest the cast, feed worms on one side of the farm.  The worms will move over.  Scrape the top inch of the feed layer off one side and place on the other side where feeding is taking place.  Once you feel sufficient worms have moved over (will normally take about a week) then you are able to shovel the castings out.  This is why I use slatted floors in my beds to make it easier to get all the castings.   Once you have shovelled the castings from your farm then repeat the process for the other side.  At this point it is good idea to place your forest mulch or larger quantities of manure then normal to trigger a mating response from your worms.  Allowing for the next generation of worms to replenish.   


Liquids and castings – the best way to add biology to the soil in my opinion is liquids as you are able to increase the quantity of beneficial microbes by building their populations up.  Chasing biology from the cast in water with continuous airflow via an air pump or compressor.  The highly oxygenated environment are the perfect conditions to colonise good bacteria’s, which ultimately feed the plants by eating other microbes and delivering their nutrients to the plants roots.  That is why it is best to colonise your microbes in vast numbers for the best result.   For the best results aeration for twelve hours before feeding your tea a fish or seaweed extract or some sort of high nutrient load and aerate for another 24-30 hours.  Remember after the aeration process, it is best to use the liquids within a 24hr period to be on the safe side.  The reason for this, if your colony has built up in such numbers, this may result in oxygen depletion from the sheer volume of bacteria’s in the tea, also if the food runs out then there could also possibly be a crash in your colony.   

Soil drenching and foliar sprays –   either work just as well, both require different dilution rates.  You could never apply too much worm tea, unless it has become anaerobic.  Getting the application rates right means you save time and money making the liquids in the beginning.  My rule of thumb- grow so many worms you can never run out.  Foliar sprays normally work best at water 10:1 tea and soil drenches you can add in concentrate or dilute out to 1:1.  There aren’t too many rules if you’re making it yourself, try a few things and see what works.  Observe and see.   

Soil drenching will encourage growth beneath the soil and help condition the soil.  This encourages larger predatory organisms including native earthworms to build up in numbers.   

Worm Compost- Nature’s fertiliser (POA)

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Available in 20kg Bags or Ute and trailer load

Delivery or pick up.

Please contact us for a quote.

Worm Compost- Nature’s Fertiliser

WormBiz compost is created from a diverse range of high-quality inputs. This includes local acacia wood chips, food waste, manure composts and lucerne hay processed on our commercial worm farm. This organic compost has been processed by the worms on our commercial worm farm and contains millions of worm eggs, beneficial bacteria and trace elements.

We can offer large volumes of castings at an affordable rate as it is unscreened and still contains small amounts of broken-down moisture retaining woodchip.

We believe this serves as a great addition to the soil ecology because the woodchip has broken down enough to act like a sponge. This makes it hold onto water for longer.  It also adds surface area and habitat for biology to colonize, which is beneficial when placed in your garden. A great way to start any garden or drought proof your existing one.



1200 Live Compost worms (Free express shipping)

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ORDERS SHIPPED EVERY MONDAY,  (If placed before before 4PM Sunday)


250g approx 1200 LIVE COMPOSTING WORMS

1 bag superfood to give your farm the best start.


This Combination of Blues, reds and tigers is great value to boost any worm farm

We include a compost and coco coir mixture that is rich in microbes and retains water well for your worms to lay lots of cocoons in their new environment.

This worm package is suited to any of the tiered tray farm systems such as: Worm Cafe, can O worms, Worm factory, the Vermihut, Hungry bin, CFT systems, compost piles and in ground worm farming.

Compost worms – Species: Tigers(Eisenia fetida) , Reds (Eisenia Andrei) and  Blues (Perionyx Excavatus).

express post delivery included

Shipping information

We have found that the best way to ship worms around the country, is to get them in the post on Monday. Packages normally take 2-3 days but can occasionally take five if outside the urban areas.

Note: If extreme weather is expected we will send a quick email to notify you of an alternative shipment date.

Unfortunately WormBiz cannot ship live worm products to Western Australia, Tasmania or the Northern territory, due to complications with quarantine, heat stress and long distance. We would however like to offer you access to the information provided by our website.   please see link provided to purchase worms from within Western Australia and in the Northern Territory, please search locally.



5 mistakes that are easy to make

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Top 5 mistakes your worms will not like.

It is well known the benefits of worms in the garden and how important they have been for the creation of the soils that help this planet breathe, buffering the suns relentless rays.  Every avid worm farmer has experienced a wide range of complications inside their loved worm farms.  The excited worm farmer new to the game has an arduous journey of trial and error before the worms seem to hold up to their reputation as veracious eaters.  The worm albeit a simple living creature, is quite complex in its connection with its environment.  Sensitivity is how the worms defend themselves and when things are bad, the good side of worm farming is astonishing in a magnitude of benefits for you, your home and your planet.  Everyone benefits from worm farming even the people that don’t do it.

The difficulties in worm farming can succumb to the quick sell of how good worms really are.  Most people, myself included, for the most part of our lives we know nothing about worms and their little farms but we hear about how good they are.  The idea of worm farming is easier than it sounds, well at least to do it properly.  Here are my top 5 mistakes that are commonly made.

  1. Too much food – it is way too easy to over feed your worms when starting out fresh for the first time.  The common mistake is to underestimate how long it takes 1000 worms to increase in numbers so that the farm can consistently process the house waste.  I have found that a fully working worm farm to process a household of two adults and a child will take approximately a total population of 8000 worms across three levels.  To reach this point in time it will take approximately 6 months if the worms had now problems along the way.  That is to say that that the worm population exponentially increased doubling in size every three months.  Worms in a new environment have the ability to save their species and will indulge in mating and eating.  In the beginning the worms with lots of space will become large with the sole purpose of laying eggs.  It takes about three months for the baby worm to develop a clitilum and makes its passage into mother and fatherhood at the same time.  The hardened yellow shell like casing can lay dormant in the right conditions for a considerable amount of time.   Otherwise the capsule can hatch with an only child or a football team or brother and sisters.  The research in the exact numbers and time and conditions is as rare as the site of a worm self-producing (which I have seen, but only once.  A tiger worm with itself passed through its own clitilum.  It was like finding a four leaf clover, I have no idea if it’s a common sighting but I have only ever seen the 1 in three years of worm farming).
  2. Boredom and forgetfulness – This one is pretty straight forward. Losing site is easy.
  3. Too much water – as per the instructions of the reln models and some other worm enthusiasts say that 5l of water per week through the unit. My opinion of the amount is only in the specification- not all at once.  If the five litres were to be broken up into 3-4 times a week.  I think at this point it is worth mentioning that water does a wide range of things and too much of anything as we know never works out well.
  4. Not enough food – Holidays, forgetfulness, busy lives are all contributors to this common problem. Luckily for the worms this doesn’t have massive ramifications and can be corrected very easily.  This is almost a good mistake because if you have reached this point it means that your worms have built in sufficient numbers.  A good problem to have, when all of a sudden your worms are eating more than you can give them.  Even tho the worms can have a slow start by over feeding them, it won’t take long for the baby worms to become teenagers, and when they do it’s time to look out.  Everyone with teenagers can vouch for such voracious eaters.  If Your worm farm is only running on one tray then it’s time to start working two trays (this is called splitting trays), and if you are using all your trays, now is a good time to get another farm or start introducing them into your garden perhaps you could try in ground worm farming. If your worm farm is working great it is going to take about a week for your worms to eat everything in the farm.  So if you are going away for more than a week it is best to soak some ripped up cardboard in water and place over top of food.  Then place ripped up dry cardboard on top of the wet stuff.  This will allow the worms to have a chomp on something that won’t rot before they can eat it.  Cardboard is great to have in the worm farm, small bits can go a long way.  Also the other thing you can do is to bury some bits of meat in the farm as not to attract the maggots.  You can only do this if you have lots of worms in your farm.  Burying the meat in small chunks will give the worms a food source that is slower to break down hence lasting for longer.  Once all the other food has been eaten the worms will happily gather in large numbers to have a worm equivalent BBQ.  The cardboard trick is the safest and easiest way, so stick with it if you have any doubts.
  5. Not enough worms – this is the big depends question. It depends on what type of farm you have, how many people in the family, what will you be feeding it, do you want the worms to eat your scraps or to make lots of cast for your garden.  It doesn’t matter what the reason I hope to cover them all.  Firstly it doesn’t matter how many worms you start with you will end up with many many many more then with what you started.  For me it all comes down to how much time you’re prepared to wait or waste.  For me I like fast results and the first time I tried worm farming I can say that I failed, not only because I used the wrong worms but I had expectations that far outweighed the natural process.  I’m going to say that three months is a very long time when you’re waiting to extract the black gold for my tomato plants.  It really does depend on what type of farm you have and how many people in the household.  Some households, especially with children, produce a lot of food scraps and will eventually need to get multiple worm farms to process it all.  The first time worm farmer can fall into this trap very easily, especially with the cost of setting up a worm farm from scratch.  Unless you are a family of two I would recommend you start your farming with 2000 worms.  This many worms will really give you the best chance of being successful because the results will come so much sooner and help eliminate overfeeding and boredom.  If you’re really excited about worm farming and you finally have the chance to unleash then buying 4000 worms will be an instant success with a degree of difficulty that leap frogs you to vermicomposter from worm farmer.  This many worms will require a minimum of two tiered worm farms or one of the bigger worm farms such as a hungry bin.
  6. Choosing the wrong spot –Out of direct sunlight please for summer. Plastic in direct sunlight is increasing the chances you will kill all your worms.  If you add too much feed or too much carbon, you will see the temperatures soar and the worms retreat.  Think friendly, cool shady spots, close to the action so you can check on them every once and a while.

Worms are great – keep it simple and look after the basics and you’ll have pets that will work for you all the time and even when they are unhappy, they won’t bother you about it.

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