We’ll cover the relative benefits of wormeries, bokashi buckets and compost heaps on the fresh food garden course. Here’s why I have a wormery and a compost heap:
1. Free liquid feed – the liquid from your wormery is nutrient rich and full of microbes to improve your soil and feed your plants
2. Reduce your kitchen waste – wormeries can handle most organic kitchen waste – vegetable trimmings, fruit peel, tea bags and coffee grounds. I wrap everything up in a sheet of newspaper and the worms enjoy that too. Your remaining rubbish won’t be as slimy or smelly as a result.
3. Cheap to set up – I’ve adapted a basic, plastic-crate wormery by setting it on concrete blocks and adding a tap to dispense the liquid into a watering can. You can add more storeys if you fill it up. You can use polystyrene crates or even an old bath if you’ve got space. Just add some worm bedding (compost), some compost worms and keep it dark and moist but not sodden.
4. Less work than a compost heap – if you don’t have time, space or inclination to have a compost heap, a wormery is an ideal alternative.
5. Dispose of confidential paperwork – your worms will eat your bank statements. More quickly if they’re shredded but they’ll cope with them whole. No risk of them falling into the wrong hands when they blow out of your recycling bin.