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The Benefits of Composting

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The Benefits of Composting

There are a number of ways to get involved with composting, from using a standard wooden composter, Wormery, hot composter, and more!


How To Compost

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  • First of all, you need a container to hold your compost (view our range here).

  • Secondly, you need a location. Different types of containers will work better in different environments, but generally you want a consistent temperature as much as possible.

  • Some composters are suitable for outdoors, such as larger wormeries and garden composters

  • If space is an issue you can also use a container design to be used indoors, such as a Bokashi Bin or similar items.

What To Put In It?

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  • Generally a mix of brown and green materials is advised

  • Green materials includes kitchen waste, grass, and weeds

  • Brown materials includes wood, cardboard, and dead leaves

  • Lime can change the acidity of the composter if there is an imbalance

  • A wormery will need Tiger Worms in order to function

Maintaining It

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  • Depending on your type of composter, you may need to turn the materials inside of it to add air in to the mix

  • Some composters are designed with this in mind, and have functions to allow the turning more easily, such as the Maze 245 Litre Compost Tumbler

  • Wormeries have different needs to traditional composters, you can find out more about Wormeries here

Using Your Compost

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  • Once your compost is ready you can use it in a variety of ways

  • If you're growing vegetables and herbs, the compost can be placed around the base of these plants to ensure better and healthier growth

  • Adding compost to grass will maintain and improve a healthy lawn

  • Mix with soil for use with potted plants, adding additional nutrients to the plant

  • Flower beds can be improved with the addition of compost, giving the plants an extra boost

 

If you're looking for even more of a challenge, why not try building your own Wormery? We've got an entire guide to help you along the way, plus you can purchase extra wormsguides, and materials for your Wormery from our website

How To Maintain Your Wormery Through Autumn

How to maintain your wormery through autumn

What problems do wormeries face in autumn?


Wetter and cooler weather could cause big problems for your wormery if you don’t take any measures to protect it from the elements. The biggest problems that wormeries face during the autumn months is the risk of your worms getting drowned or it is becoming too cold for them to effectively work. Autumn is the season in which temperatures drop and the rain doesn’t stop, this could lead to rain entering your wormery, especially if it is left outside without any shelter. So, it is vital that you keep an eye out to check how soggy your compost and waste is getting.

Another big problem wormery owners face is when the temperature drops as the worms struggle to cope with the cold. Worms work best in a constant temperature which isn’t too hot or too cold, ideally between 15 - 25oC. Therefore, during the autumn times, keeping your wormery outside is not advised.

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Worm Trivia

Worm Trivia

10 facts you always wanted to know!

1.  If you cut a worm in half it will probably die, one 'half' may survive and regrow but you will not get two worms.

2. The only possibly reasonable negative or bad thing about a worm is that some humans don't like them- which is hardly the worms fault. Worms only eat dead organic matter. Nothing more and nothing less. This immediately puts them towards the very top of the list of beneficial and harmless life forms on the planet. We humans alas are towards the bottom.

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How To Make A DIY Wormery

How To Make A DIY Wormery

Helpful advice for those of you feeling adventurous!


If you are reasonably competent at basic DIY projects and work then making a Wormery is not a daunting task. That said and as with so many DIY matters a little pre thought and planning goes a long way.

Perhaps the simplest approach is to start with a suitable plastic container such as an old waterbutt, dustbin or the like. However you can, of course, start from scratch and build your wormery from wood or other material depending upon availability and your expertise. Car tyres seem to be a popular choice but watch out for escapees!

The first issues to consider are about design and the following questions should be addressed :-



  1. Do you mind some worms escaping as long as the wormery works (Probably not sensible if located inside!)

  2. Would you be put off with flies in your wormery?

  3. How much of what type of waste do you want the wormery to cope with?


What follows assumes that you are starting with a suitable plastic bin or container ready for conversion. Even so the principles involved are applicable to a build from scratch approach.

If either (or both) of 1 and 2 above are important to you then you will need to consider how to make your wormery sealed yet sufficiently aerated to allow the worms to thrive. Depending upon your type of lid, then some judiciously applied draught excluder and some clips or weights to hold the lid closed should work well. For aeration the smallest holes you are likely to be able to drill will almost certainly permit the ingress of flies to your wormery and the egress of worms from it. The best answer is to drill several holes small holes and then edge stick a piece of gauze on the inside.

You now need to drill your tap hole and fix your tap. As with most design problems a compromise is required here. To maximise the liquid that can flow out of the tap without tilting the Wormery you want the tap as low as possible. On the other hand to harvest the liquid you want the tap accessible to a watering can or similar so want it located higher.

Our recommendation is to drill the tap hole so the centre is at least 1" (25mm) above the base of the bin and then to use bricks or blocks to raise the unit for easy access. A 25mm (1") diameter hole will be right for a standard plastic water butt tap.

Next is the vital matter of creating a separate platform that will keep worms and solids above whilst allowing the easy flow of liquid into the sump created beneath the separating tray. Getting this right is central to the functioning of your DIY Wormery.

Ideas for this include fine mesh supported on bricks; a cut to size piece of wood or plastic with holes drilled in again supported on bricks or the like. Another option is the suspension of a porous sack from the rim of the wormery so it hangs to about an inch above tap level. The choice is yours, but the simple objective is to facilitate good drainage and thus avoid water logging.

If you are looking to purchase a wormery instead of building one, you can do that by exploring our wormeries category. All of our wormeries include worms and the required components so you're ready to go!

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