Recycled Wormery

LOVELITTER RECYCLED WORMERY

Not everyone may like them but you cannot ignore how important worms are in our gardens and allotments and as the sun is out and spring preparations are underway we thought we would share our way of making a recycled wormery.  Wormerys are great for the balcony, garden, roof terrace or allotment as they offer a brilliant way of recycling your kitchen waste (do not add meat or dairy) and they allow the collection of beneficial worm juice which can be poured over your garden plants.

You will need to source a watertight bin with a lid you can either buy one or find an old one it depends on how much recycling you are interested in.  A tap is required to be fitted approx 2″ from the base of the bin and a large enough drill bit needed to make the hole for the tap to be slotted into.  Drill air holes just under the lid all the way around, this is so the worms can breath.  Some bricks or wood will be needed to stand the wormery on and once in place fill the bin approx 5″ with shingle or stones then place a cut out circle of black plastic with some holes in over the shingle, this helps to separate the worms from the shingle and drain the worm juice through.  Then on the black plastic layer place approx 2″ of sand and then approx 4″ of compost and shredded newspaper on top of the sand this will be the worm’s bedding, add a little bit of water as the worms like it damp.  Then add your worms.  Tiger worms are considered the best for composting and can be bought online.  Kitchen waste can be placed on top of the worm bedding; citrus, tomatoes and onions should be avoided in large quantities as it can be too acidic.  When feeding the worms try to keep the pieces small and don’t allow the food to pile up, that is a sign they are being fed too much.  A healthy wormery should have no smell.  A towel can be added over the top in cold weather to warm the worms.

Monopoly

Lovelitter Vintage Monopoly Board Game

We are huge vintage board game fans at Lovelitter so we thought we would put together a guide of our vintage game finds.  Monopoly is the game to start with when discussing vintage board games as it such an iconic and well loved game.  1930s America is where Monopoly was first developed and sold and it has gone through many transformations in it’s time with changes to playing pieces, manufacturing materials and design.  There are even rumors that during WW2 prisoners of war hid maps and escape plans in their Monopoly boards.  Vintage Monopoly games can usually be dated by the box design or the playing pieces inside, the first UK edition was sold in the form of separates, the board was separate from the mini box containing the pieces and rules.  War editions of the game have no metal pieces and have a cardboard spinner replacing the dice due to pressures on resources and manufacturing at the time.  The goal of the game is to drive all the other players to bankruptcy through monopoly ownership of hotels, houses and property on the board.  It is usually quite difficult to have a quick game of Monopoly so it is usually best left for when you have lots of time to fill.

Vintage Monopoly Board Game

One of our favourite editions of monopoly is this one from the 1950s.  The colours of the metal playing pieces are really vibrant and much more fun to play with than the usual plain metal pieces.  The pieces have changed many times of the years and some rare ones have now become highly collectible.   Some early editions of the game contain Bakelite dice and a shaker.

Vintage Monopoly Pieces