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Your worm composter by Guest Blogger Simon Sherlock

By Simons 10 years ago

Wormery - if you own a wormery you probably already know to protect it from the elements during the winter, but what about the summer months?  They need just as much care now as in the winter; temperatures can swing this way and that during the British summer so your worms can find themselves subjected to roasting hot temperatures and bright sunshine one minute and a severe flooding the next (when it then decides to rain, either as part of a thunder storm or, more likely, for the whole six weeks your children are off school).  

The high temperatures can cause the waste in the bin to rot, raise acidity and generally make life for the worms very uncomfortable.  They can die from these situations as I myself found out earlier in the year when my 10 year old bin got over fed by Bokashi at the very same time we had weeks of rain followed by an extremely hot week of sun.  The worms headed to the sump and I lost the entire bin.  Luckily Wiggly Wigglers were on hand to supply me with a new batch of worms and I was able to start the bin up again.
So what should you do
- It's worth buying a rain cap for your wormery – this lets air into the bin but keeps the majority of the rain out so the sump doesn't fill up and the worms are less likely to drown. - Use lots (and lots) of shredded paper and keep a close eye on how fast the worms are eating.  It's imperative not to over feed or things can easily get messy (and smelly). - Add a handful of anti-acid lime mix for controlling the pH and some worm treat  for keeping them in top waste munching condition. - Empty the sump daily and use the lovely “worm tea” in a 10:1 ratio with water to organically feed your vegetables and flowers.  You will be amazed at how well they will do with this lovely organic feed.

MasterComposters at work

By Heather 11 years ago

Shropshire Composters in action with worms!Check out their Darwin's Worms is a project to bring Can-o-Worms bins to Nursery Schools. It has started in Shrewsbury, with the first bin going 'live' at Fir Tree Nursery on October 9th 2008.

River Cottage this weekend!

By Heather 11 years ago

Rich is off to River Cottage this weekend to the Get Growing in Spring DoIf you are going to be there make sure you say a hello to Rich, and check out his worms (not personally his) but his 2000 plus live composting wrigglies!

Tatties and Tigers

By Heather 11 years ago

Here in the office we have received a great picture and e-mail from Wiggly customer Gary Owen, which goes as follows:

"I just wanted to say thank you for the seed potatoes I won through the Wiggly Wigglers Facebook group a few weeks ago. I filled a few buckets with compost from my Can-o-Worms (bought from you a year or two ago), stuck the spuds in, and they are growing nicely. I look forward to them providing some tasty roasters before too long: for the moment, they're feeding this enormous caterpillar, which we think is a garden tiger moth. all the best Gary."

Thanks for the feedback Gary and what a fantastic caterpillar - very exotic looking.

Garden jobs for February

By Heather 12 years ago

Hannah’s still busy digging in the Wiggly Wigglers garden and was caught on camera by Farmer Phil this week. She’s battled against gales and harsh frosts, but has made good progress.
Here are Hannah’s suggestions for garden jobs for February:

  • Clean the glass (inside and out) on your greenhouse or cold frame.

  • Give your polytunnel a bit of a clean, like Hedgewizard who has come up with an ingenious method that involves a piece of rope, tennis balls and an old sheet.

  • Sow parsnip, broad beans and early carrot seeds under cover in a cold frame or cloche.

  • Plant bare rooted trees and hedging plants.

  • Now is a good time to relocate plants, including splitting and moving them.

  • It’s also a good time to cut some hazel sticks ready to support your bean and pea plants later in the year.

  • You can also enrich your soil and use that lovely compost from your Can-o-Worms wormery or compost heap. Spread a layer over the ground and either let the earthworms do the work or lightly fork into your soil ready for spring planting.

Composting with Worms

By Heather 12 years ago

It's a "Happy Birthday" to Jane Perrone at Horticultural who has taken delivery of her present, a Can-o-Worms. Jane has posted some great pictures showing how she set up her new wormery.

Almost Mrs Average at The Rubbish Diet is trying to reduce her bin to a size 0 "one bag at a time". How brilliant is that? I am pleased to see that your Can-o-Worms has arrived safely AMA and look forward to getting regular worm composting updates. ps You have inspired me to try harder.

I have just treated myself to a Can-o-Worms shelter (sorry guys we are now completely sold out) and looking forward to the warmer weather and lots of babies (the worms that is, not me).

Perhaps we should have a regular wormery slot (with pictures) here on the Wiggly Wigglers blog with progress updates/ironing out any hiccups. Would anyone be willing to participate?