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¬†‚Äì 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 ‚Äúworm tea‚Äù 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.