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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.