A lot of people on Twitter have been talking lately about Wormeries. They are the perfect solution to those with limited space or who maybe just want to get involved in an interesting and different kind of project.
They seem great way to get started in the world of composting. You can get all manner of shapes and sizes of worm composting bins to suit the largest, or smallest, of spaces.
Many are suitable for indoor (yes, really) or outdoor use. Apart from the obvious advantage of making compost they have a number of other great advantages.
Worm Composting Bins – Advantages
- Can accommodate smaller spaces than a traditional Compost Heap
- Can be set up indoors so you can put all the Kitchen Scraps inside once they are of the right size
- A great Educational Tool for Children. Helps to explain the wonders of Nature
- When working correctly they are odorless
- The “Vermicasts” that the Worms produce are a very high quality soil conditioner, perfect for pot plants or to add to garden soil
- You can add scraps from the Kitchen, but also cardboard, paper etc
- You are greatly adding the number of micro organisms to your soil
Worm farming is also known as vermiculture or vermicomposting and at its most basic level is the breaking down of Organic matter by worms.
The worms themselves are not the same as those found in the Garden soil but rather are normally Red Worms that spend their time nearer to the surface and reproduce a lot quicker than the normal grey worms we are used to.
How To Get Started With Worm Composting Bins
Having spent much of the day looking in to the art of Worm Composting it does not seem too difficult to get started.
You need a few basics.
- A wormery
- A Coir bedding base or something similar
- That’s about it!
It seems as long as you stick to the instructions that come with your worm composting bins you should be fine.
The main problem seems to be letting the wormery get too wet. I won’t go in to details but suffice to say, you don’t want to go there!
Personally they seem to me to be a great idea. We have plenty of space here so have no need for one but I think if you have Children, even if you have a conventional compost heap it would definitely be a great project to get them involved in.
Prices have definitely come down a lot lately as well. It seems they have risen in popularity and therefore more sales are being made.
Let us know your experiences with a wormery.
Did it go well?
Was it easy?
Is there one you would recommend?
For a more self sufficient future