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Using your wormery

Can I put worms from the compost bin into my Wormery?

If they are the small, red, wriggly worms, rather than the larger, slower mineral soil dwelling common earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris), the simple answer is yes.

Is it best to mix and turn wormeries like you do with compost heaps?

This is not necessary as it is for a garden compost heap. However, you do need to dig into it occasionally to check all is well. If it gets very wet and waterlogged you will need to thoroughly mix in dry cardboard and shredded newspaper.

What is the lime mix and what does it do?

Most food waste is mildly acidic and worms thrive best at a broadly neutral pH (7). A small handful of calcified seaweed sprinkled over the surface every 4 to 5 weeks will keep the conditions sweet. Crushed up eggshells which are essentially calcium carbonate will have the same effect. If you do not buy many eggs you can buy calcified seaweed from our shop.

How long do the worms live?

Worms in wormeries typically live between 9 months up 2 years.

How long will it be before I get some worm compost?

A handful of waste takes just a few weeks to compost. However, you need to build up a good amount of compost to make harvesting it easy and worthwhile. This varies by the type of wormery you have and the waste being added. Typically, it takes around nine months to fill the original wormery with compost (with The Tiger Wormery you obviously harvest each tray more frequently).Typically about two thirds of the food waste will come out of the tap as liquid feed, with the remaining third being solid compost.

How long does it take for the liquid feed to start coming through?

This is typically within around 10 to 12 weeks. Though it could be quicker, or longer, depending on the amount and type of food you are putting in and the time of year (or rather prevailing weather and temperature). Once the liquid starts to come through you should tap it off every 2-3 weeks.

Where is the best place to keep my wormery?

The best place to keep your Wormery is anywhere with a relatively stable temperature that is out of direct sunlight and preferably frost free. Most people keep their wormery outside near to the back door.

Do I need to dilute the liquid feed?

Yes, the feed should be diluted with 10 parts water prior to being used. If you store it, use plastic bottles and keep them out of direct light for best results.

Can I put nappies into my wormery?

This is a common question as compostable nappies have rightly become popular over recent years. Technically, the worms can turn nappies into compost, but the problem comes with size and quantity. If you were to compost all your nappies, the wormery would very quickly become full and the worms would unfortunately not be able to cope.

What can I use the liquid feed on?

The liquid feed is multi-purpose and can be used on indoor/outdoor plants, flowerbeds, vegetable patches, or, if you have enough, you can use it as a lawn feed.

Will I need to keep buying more worms for my wormery?

No. The great thing about worms is that they breed rapidly. In a working wormery the worms will multiply themselves, so you shouldn't normally need to reintroduce more worms.

Will my Wormery smell?

A wormery is not a smelly place, as the food is consumed by the worms rather than being left to decompose. Therefore any strong odour is eliminated by the worms before it has a chance to develop. If you put your head inside a wormery you should notice an earthy sweet smell, a bit like chrysanthemums, geraniums or tomato plants.

What happens if I go away on holiday?

No problem at all. A well-established wormery should be fine if left for up to six weeks. Simply add some food waste before you go, leave the tap open with a container underneath (just to stop the build up of liquid feed) and enjoy your holiday! The worms will look after themselves.

Can wormeries compost pet waste?

The simple technical answer is yes, but be careful. Waste and bedding from most herbivores, such as rabbits, hamsters and gerbils, are fine. However, we do not advise adding waste from meat eaters, such as cats and dogs, which is more unpleasant and carries a risk of the toxocara parasite.

If you would like to share your own tips, or you have questions regarding womeries, please feel free to post a comment below.

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