No room to compost? Consider a wormery.

My mum has moved from having a small garden where she had a compost bin to a retirement place where there is no room for composting at all. It was very hard to return to putting food peelings into the normal rubbish collection so we looked around for an alternative. She has now invested in a wormery.

I was very sceptical about this as I had never seen one before, but it has been absolutely wonderful. She pops most of her peelings, tea bags, kitchen waste and banana skins into it which saves it all from going into the ordinary rubbish.

For those of us who have very small growing spaces, a wormery is a brilliant solution. It takes up little space, doesn’t smell, and transforms your food scraps into magnificent compost. This compost is high in nutrients, has excellent water holding capacity, and a good structure. It’s also high in microbial life (bacteria and things) that are incredibly beneficial to plants: they improve resistance to disease and encourage strong root growth.

A healthy wormery, just like a regular home compost bin, needs a mix of nitrogen rich materials (most food waste) and carbon rich material like cardboard, paper and wood chips.

There are lots of web sites that can advise you on how to set up a wormery and we found it need not be very expensive; the basic requirement is a plastic bucket with holes in it and some cardboard.

The compost can be harvested after about 3 months and needs to be used sparingly as it is so rich.

Annie.


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