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I started a wormery in an adapted wheelie bin. I though it was doing OK adding any veg peelings etc and the occasional contents from the Guinea Pig cage. I thought i would clear in today and feed some of the garden. Unfortunately the top half was virtually worm free and it all seemed very dry to me.

Anyone got experience of wormeries who can tell me what i am doing wrong.



I am only guessing but suggest you should keep like a polythene cover over the contents and make it damper, possibly add thi layers of lawn mowings and some straw to keep it aereated

12 Oct, 2008


I use worms to handle kitchen waste rather then composting, and it is done a little differently.
First, it is most important to keep it moist but not dripping wet. The container should have drainage holes in the bottom. If necessary you can mist the bin as needed with water.
Second, the worms will congregate where the food is, so you should bury the scraps under a layer of bedding to avoid smell and fly infestation.
Third, the temperature must remain between 60 and 85 degrees Farenheit, with 73 as best.
Fourth, the contents do not need to be aereated like a compost pile so it should not be turned or stirred. But worms use grit to eat and so this must be added, a small amount of garden soil or sand or even crushed eggshells works for this.

I use soaked shredded paper (junk mail) as bedding but straw or sawdust and even coconut fiber can also be used. I also use a double stacking system so that when the lower bin is completely turned to castings, I start feeding into the top bin and the worms will move into the new bin, after a month or so I then use the lower bin in the gardens
A good reference book on the subject is "The Worm Book" by Nancarrow and Hogan-Taylor.

13 Oct, 2008

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