The 5 Tips for great Worm Composting 1

The following tips represent the result of a great deal of experience in worm-assisted composting. Please read them carefully and try to follow their advice. If you follow them properly you will have a contented stock of worms which, in due course, will produce for you a steady stream of rich dark compost.

1 Don't try to rush things: it will take several months for the worms to produce their first Tray full of compost. Initially, when adding waste, do not add large amounts at one time, little bits of food at frequent intervals is the best recipe. However, worms can eat half their own weight in food every day so, as the kit becomes established and the worms start breeding, add more waste each day. Do not pile up fresh waste to a depth greater than 50-100mm at any one time. You can add waste as long as you can see worms working in the top layer of waste, just under the surface - within a few centimetres of the moisture mat.

2 At least 25% of what you add to the wormery needs to be dry material. Cardboard, egg boxes and shredded paper are great - these will help keep the wormery aerated.

3 If your worms get behind in their feeding and uneaten waste begins to build up in the bin, stop feeding for a few days. (Remember, though, worms do not have teeth and therefore the waste must start to go slightly mouldy before the worms can eat it.) Start feeding again when the worms are working in the top layer. Large quantities of uncomposted waste will start to putrefy. Putrefied waste will upset the worms and its smell will upset you, but not the rats and flies it will attract!

4 Try many different foods. Just like us, worms enjoy variation in their meals. If certain types of food prove unpopular and don't get eaten, try to avoid including them in future feedings. Once every few weeks add in a handful of Wiggly Wigglers Worm Treat (a special mixture of all the things that worms love best), it will give your composting a boost.

5 Grass clippings and leaves cannot be composted in your kit. Grass will heat up in the bin and release ammonia before the worms can act on it, both conditions will harm your worms.

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