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August 2019

Common Wormery FAQ's 2

By Rob Gale 17 days ago

What should I do if I have a TRAY full?

Once you fill one tray and it looks like worms soon will not have anything to eat, load the next tray as well as at the start composting. Compost from the bottom of the tray can then be used as fertilizer or dry it for later.

How can I dilute and use worm tea?

Worm tea is an excellent liquid fertilizer for herbs and indoor plants as well as the garden. It contains high amounts of nutrients and enzymes that promote growth and help build plant resistance against pests. You can collect worm tea in a plastic or glass bottle. It’s ideal to dilute it with 10 parts water. Use the diluted worm tea for watering plants or spray it on their foliage.

What should I do with excess compost or worm tea?

Anyone who grows plants will appreciate compost and worm tea. If you can’t find anyone who could use it for gardening, use the compost to fertilize trees, bushes or even planters in public spaces. Likewise with the worm tea.

Where do I put my wormery? Indoors or outdoors? Which temperatures are optimum for my worms?

Composting with worms operates year-around. You can place your wormery either indoors or outdoors. It is important to always ensure that the earthworms have an optimal temperature of approximately 20 °C/ 68 °F as well as a correct level of moisture in the substrate. During winter you shouldn’t leave your wormery without insulation, so it doesn’t freeze through. In the summer it shouldn’t be exposed to direct sunlight, to prevent water evaporation andoverheating. The temperature in your wormery should not drop below 5 °C or exceed 25 °C.

What should and shouldn’t I put into my wormery?

Your wormery composter is particularly suitable for peelings and leftovers of fruit and vegetables, such as potato peels, apple cores, green tops of vegetables, etc. Don’t forget tea-bags, as worms often reproduce in them. Just be careful not to put in the plastic types (usually in pyramid shape sold with more expensive teas). Coffee grounds and paper coffee filters are also suitable. So are left overs of cooked vegetables, crushed egg shells, paper napkins, dampened cardboard, dry baked goods and remainders of indoor and outdoor plants. Do not put intensely spicy foods into your wormery, such as ginger or an excessive amount of citruses, as well as milk products, meat products, bones, oils, lard and other fats.\

If you're looking to get started with Worm Composting, please Wiggle on over to https://www.wigglywigglers.co.uk/wormeries.html and take a look at our Urbalive Worm Composters - everything you need to get going from just £129.95!

#grownnotflown Seasonal Arrangements from The Great British Florist - 26th August 2019

By Rob Gale 19 days ago

All our fresh flower arrangements are over on our sister site The Great British Florist

Our cutting patch supplies many of our blooms here on the farm and we use a network of other British flower farmers which deliver direct into our farm floristry. We design and put together each individual posy from the mix of seasonal scented flowers which are then despatched via courier on a next day delivery service. We despatch Monday – Thursday so deliveries are between Tuesday and Friday to ensure your flowers are always fresh.

If we need to supplement our flower supplies we only use stems that are sourced in near Europe so that none of our flowers are flown in from overseas. We promise that this arrangement will contain as many British Flowers and/or Foliage as possible, often 100%. You will always have our British Grown Stem Count to rely on which is marked on each delivery note and when it’s possible to send 100% UK grown flowers you have our commitment that we will do just that.

Colours and designs will vary according to the season and what’s available at the time you order. What is guaranteed is that no two posies are ever the same and that all our posies are delightful.

Below we've got a preview of what we've been sending this past week (from 19th August) as an example - remember these arrangements will always vary on what's best in our floristry on the day!

Our Handy Dandy Bokashi Quickstart Guide!

By Rob Gale 21 days ago

Pickling Waste

Bokashi is a Japanese term that means “fermented organic matter”. In the UK we use a bran base that has been fermented with a liquid containing dozens of different beneficial bacteria and microbes, mixed then dried for storage. You can buy Bokashi or google for “podchef bokashi” and his video will show you how to make your own!

However you get your Bokashi, it will effectively “pickle” your kitchen waste. All you need then are two tightly sealed buckets with taps, and away you go…

1. Sprinkle a layer of Bokashi into the bottom of the first bucket, then add the first of your food scraps.

2. Keep adding your food waste. For every 30mm or so depth of scraps you need to add a further handful of Bokashi.

3. Always ensure the lid is sealed tight. Bokashi is an anaerobic process.

4. Regularly drain off any excess liquid through the tap. You can dilute it for a brilliant pro-biotic plant feed, or even use it as a drain cleaner!

5. Once your first bucket is full, start filling your second bucket while the first ferments.

Using Bokashi…

When your first bucket is full, leave it for 10-14 days (you don’t need to be too fussy) You can now be filling the other bucket while this one ferments. Once the contents of your bucket start to smell like pickles, the process is complete. For the faint-hearted amongst you it doesn't look pleasant, but it will, in fact break down in your soil or compost in 7-10 days and add a huge boost of beneficial microbes to your soil. The easiest way to add it to your soil is to dig a trench and add it that way.

What can be pickled?

The answer is almost anything, including: fruit and vegetables, prepared foods and leftover ready meals, even cooked and uncooked meat and fish, cheese, eggs, coffee grounds and tea bags.

Bokashi is being used all over the UK to save transporting waste, and enabling people to compost indoors without hassle. It’s time to “pickle on…” me thinks!

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10 Reasons why you should buy your Birdfood from Wiggly Wigglers?

By Rob Gale 24 days ago
  1. All Wiggly Birdseeds and Feeds are mixed and packed here on our farm. #fromfarmtofeeder
  2. Farmer Phil grows nearly all the cereals that go into our mixes right here on our Duchy Farm in darkest deepest Herefordshire
  3. Where possible we source our seeds and feeds as near to the farm as possible (please note we can't grow peanuts :) #birdfoodmiles
  4. We offer the utterly amazing Subscribe and Save - which means your birds get fed regularly and you save pennies #subscribeandsave
  5. We don't add any cheap filler to our mixes - they are all good quality and packed with nutrition for your feathered friends #goodies4birdies
  6. We’ve been growing and selling birdfood for over 15 years!
  7. We’re a google certified store – which means that google can attest to the fact that we are just fab!
  8. Your money will go into the British farming industry, which in turn helps out the british wildlife!
  9. With all of our experience we really do know what your birdees like best - Our birdfood mixes have been put together to get the best possible outcome for you and your garden birds!
  10. We keep altering our prices to make sure you are getting the most for your money :)

View our full range of Wiggly Birdfood online at https://www.wigglywigglers.co.uk/birdfood.html

#grownnotflown Seasonal Arrangements from The Great British Florist - 19th August 2019

By Rob Gale 26 days ago

All our fresh flower arrangements are over on our sister site The Great British Florist

Our cutting patch supplies many of our blooms here on the farm and we use a network of other British flower farmers which deliver direct into our farm floristry. We design and put together each individual posy from the mix of seasonal scented flowers which are then despatched via courier on a next day delivery service. We despatch Monday – Thursday so deliveries are between Tuesday and Friday to ensure your flowers are always fresh.

If we need to supplement our flower supplies we only use stems that are sourced in near Europe so that none of our flowers are flown in from overseas. We promise that this arrangement will contain as many British Flowers and/or Foliage as possible, often 100%. You will always have our British Grown Stem Count to rely on which is marked on each delivery note and when it’s possible to send 100% UK grown flowers you have our commitment that we will do just that.

Colours and designs will vary according to the season and what’s available at the time you order. What is guaranteed is that no two posies are ever the same and that all our posies are delightful.

Below we've got a preview of what we've been sending this past week (from 12th August) as an example - remember these arrangements will always vary on what's best in our floristry on the day!

Common Wormery FAQ's 1

By Rob Gale 28 days ago

Which worms are used for composting?

Our composting worms are a mixture of species (mainly reds and dendras) selected for their composting ability. Available with or without bedding. These types of worms are productive at consuming organic leftovers. Common garden earthworms don’t perform as well in the same conditions.

How long does it take to compost one full container?

Creating quality composts takes approximately 2-3 months. It mainly depends on the number of earthworms and the quality of “food”.

Is the composting method different at the beginning from later on?

Yes, and it’s very important to remember this. Give your worms enough time to settle and reproduce, don’t swamp them with food from the get go. You will know that the earthworms are well adjusted when they begin to process the food you give them more quickly and you will also be able to feed them more often.

Should I rake through the compost regularly?

Not at all. The nosy among you beware and also make your children understand this - it’s not useful to disturb the compost, particularly during the initial breeding. Add the food to the top. This prevents you from disturbing the worms and disrupting their homes – they only lay eggs in specific places. You can carefully rake the compost if it appears too wet or lacking air.

Can I leave for a longer holiday?

A holiday is no problem. The worms easily manage even a two-week fasting. However they can survive without food upto four weeks.

If you're looking to get started with Worm Composting, please Wiggle on over to https://www.wigglywigglers.co.uk/wormeries.html and take a look at our Urbalive Worm Composters - everything you need to get going from just £129.95!