Do come and visit our stall at the Westbury-on-Trym Village show this Saturday, 5th September from 11m-5pm.
- We will have a new tranport display attempting to make sense of the myriad of alternatives to car travel in the city.
- Sign up for our locally-sourced community lunch on Sunday 20th September – see the report of our last lunch here.
- Meet the SusWoT worms as they chill in their 5-star wormery.
I received my wormery in March and raring to go set it up straight away. The instruction leaflet seemed a bit odd but I followed the instructions anyway. Only later, after checking online did I realise my instinct had been correct and the instructions weren’t. (This was to do with covering the base with newspaper to stop the compost falling through). Anyway I hoped it wouldn’t matter as I didn’t want to start all over again.
I positioned the wormery in the garage hoping the worms would like the shelter, and put the lid on tight to make sure they could not escape. For the first few days they roamed around all over the inside of the bin. After a few days I started feeding them, as far as I could according with the instructions, giving them a small amount of food waste to begin with. However I was not sure what a small amount was so I erred on the side of caution.
Nearly two months later they are still there, they don’t seem to have eaten much of the food waste I have put in and they haven’t produced any liquid fertiliser. They have been moved to outside the back door and I’m feeding them eggshells and making sure the waste is not too wet. I hope they start being more productive soon. It would be interesting to know why some wormeries get going so much faster than others.
Earlier in April my family were the lucky recipients of a Suswot wormery. It was easy to assemble (with a little help from my toddler) and we positioned it in a protected corner of our garden. We send the postcard to receive our worms, which arrived through the post a few day later, much to the amusement of my 4 year old! We followed the instructions carefully and only added small amounts of kitchen waste initially to allow the worms to settle in, grow and get their speed on!
Suswotter Tim Bushell has a dream that many worms in Westbury-on-Trym could soon be feasting exclusively on a diet of organic household waste.
A wormery is a bit like a normal compost heap, but is a sealed unit including its own population of tiger worms. Some ordinary compost heaps already have their own tiger worms naturally, otherwise Tim can help you with obaining a few from a local angling shop. The worms will eat all kitchen waste, including cooked food, that you care to donate to them along with a roughly equal propotion of other organic garden waste, rapidly turning the whole lot into nutritious compost for your garden. Contrary to popular belief, they are not hard to keep going and do not need to be kept indoors.
We are hoping to start a new project promoting wormeries to the households of Westbury-on-Trym. We will be discussing the way forward with this idea at our next open meeting this Thursday, 3rd October at 7:30 pm at the Post Office Tavern. Do come along and find out more.
* For those of you concerned by my Down With Skool grasp of history, I do really know that Martin Luther and Martin Luther King are not the same person.