WORMERY – COMPOSTING WITH WORMS. The traditional tried and tested method of composting involves aerobic decomposition – piling material into a compost bin and leaving it naturally to breakdown. With a well-balanced mix of material, access to air, heat builds up, and compost is produced.
Worm composting is a different method of recycling organic waste into a valuable compost using a colony of worms living in a bedding material. If managed properly the worms will continue working 24 hours a day.
For a worm compost bin to work effectively the worms must have a good supply of air, from the bottom to top of the bin. It is more important to have surface area than depth. There are many different species of worm but the worms used in waste recycling are all ‘compost or litter worms’. These are worms that live on or just below the soil level and feed off the decaying organic material on the surface of the soil. They do not burrow to any great extent. Wormery with perspex panel & boards removed
Our composting worms are a mixture containing several specie of worms and are more effective over the coarse of a year than using a single species. For example, some species prefer warm conditions, some prefer wetter conditions, whilst others prefer animal manures and so on. This mix of worms can also be used to add to existing compost bins. All worms are native to the UK.
How many worms do I need? The following table compares the quantity of worms, to the surface area of the material in the bin, to the weight of material in the bin. Our recommendation is to start of with a small quantity and top up as necessary.
Once the compost bin is full and the worms have gathered near the surface they can be harvested with the top organic layer of the compost bin and started of at the base of the next one.
Bedding Kits As long as there is damp organic matter present, worms will continue to feed, breed and grow, they will multiply to the amount of food available. For a worm composting system to work effectively the worms are best started off in worm bedding material. Once you have been composting with worms for a while you will be able to prepare your own worm bedding material, should you choose to do so. With the bedding kit the worms travel better and arrive stress free in “a home from home” the worms and bedding are simply placed straight into the worm bin, which eliminates problems with establishing worms in fresh materials.
Wormery with removeable perspex panel
The one major drawback in using fresh materials as the bedding mix is that bacteria, fungi and other microbes that worms rely on for food will not be present in any great quantity. Even when the first food layer is placed onto the bedding the same applies. This combined with the stress of being handled and introduced into this alien new environment can, and usually does, cause the worms to crawl and leave the bedding and usually the bin. This usually occurs at night and the first time it is noticed is when you find very few worms left in the bin and most have dried up on the floor! In the event that your purchase decides to crawl away at night we are unable to refund!
Wormery Bin 1, Compost Bin 2 & 3, Leaf Mould Bin 4 (Product CB102)
WORMERY – Compost Bin 1 – close board bin (left), perspex sheet front, 500g worms, hinged lid and prop bolted both ends. Compost Bin 2 & 3 Slatted, no lids, Leaf Mould Bin Wire sides, no lid.
Measurements – 8ft ( 2.40m W) x 2ft (0.6m D) x 3ft (0.9m H) (48cu.ft-1.30cu.m-1336ts) (CB102)
WORMERY AND COMPOST BIN – Educational
Compost Bin with Wormery ( Product CB 103) Insulated Compost Bin front
Compost Bin with Perspex front Wormery with tap for liquid fertilizer
Compost Bin with Board Grips Hasp and Staple with Lynch Pin
Perspex front View inside from top
“I visited the school yesterday and thought I’d let you know how thrilled they are with their new compost bins and wormery. They are a perfect fit for the school garden and as always well constructed with easy to follow instructions.” (K. D. Newcastle upon Tyne 23/10/13)
‘SPARK SOMETHING GOOD’
“We have worked with staff from Marks and Spencer as part of their ‘Spark Something Good’ campaign today to construct them, they are a great addition to our Backyard Demonstration plot and will be used as part of our educational programme.” (Photo: Karen Dobson, Project Director, Scotswood Natural Community Garden, Newcastle upon Tyne – 20/07/16)
Benefits rule 7 of the 7 composting rules (click here)
Delivery of worms is by carrier and will need a signature on arrival. If you are likely to be out please make alternative arrangements with a neighbour. The carrier will not leave your ‘worm’ order on the doorstep! If you order with a compost bin we will only deliver the worms after consultation with you and once the bin has been set-up and you are ready to take charge of your new family of worms.
Delivery Details :
Worms on this page have the delivery charge ‘waived’ when purchased with a ‘Main Product’. The composting Wormery is a Main Product. Please see our ‘Delivery’ information page. Please allow 3 – 10 days for worm delivery.
Available Wormery products:
250g worms only
500g worms only
1kg worms only
250g worms with bedding kit
500g worms with bedding kit
1kg worms with bedding kit
Wormery, Compost Bin 1, Compost Bin 2, Leaf Mould Bin & 500g Worms CB102
Wormery, Compost Bin Triple Close Boarded & 500g Worms CB103
Price on application (P.O.A) for those not listed below.