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Marion's Wormy Poem!

By Heather 11 years ago

Thanks to Marion who says: "I am a 64 year old Wiglet who is very interested in all things good, green and growing,although I leave the wormery to my daughter. Thank you for all your news which I look forward to.
And she has written this corking poem:
'Twas some years ago, when the kiddies were small,
Four children and I were returning from school,
When my five year old son, who was some way ahead,
Plucked a thing from the grass and excitedly said,
"Cor, look at this worm, it's all stretchy and wet,
I wonder how long I can make this worm get?"
Before I could stop him, before our shocked eyes,
He'd pulled at each end 'til he'd doubled its size.
"Let go"we all screamed," that's a cruel thing to do,"
But he just stretched it more 'til it snapped right in two,
Then tossing the bits in a garden, he smiled,
While we stared aghast at the horrible child.
Later that night, after he had been bathed,
I mentioned the worm, but he just sat and laughed.
I banned such behaviour, I tried to explain,
Yet, just a week later, he did it again!!!
But this time I grabbed him and opened his hand,
He grinned as I took out a large rubber band!

Turning heaps not heads

By Heather 11 years ago

I talked about the importance of keeping compost aerated in my Beginners Guide to Composting. This is important because the bacteria that break down the waste need oxygen to survive.

One of the ways that you can aerate the contents of your compost bin and thereby speed up the whole process is to turn the contents regularly.

In your compost heap the central area (the hottest part) will always be the most composted with the cooler outer areas being less so.

As to when, you should turn your compost heap a few weeks after you have finished adding material to it. If you are really keen you can turn it on a weekly basis which will speed up the whole process considerably.

To turn the heap, remove the contents, mix it up and return to the bin.

You will now find that you have introduced lots of air and less well composted material will make its way into the centre of the heap.

Turning a compost heap will also disturb any unwanted rodents lurking in the heap and help to move them on to pastures new.