I'm afraid I've been very lacksadaisical (?) regarding the worms though hope to get myself (and balcony) sorted soon so if it isn't too late I can still take Jac up on her kind offer ... as soon as I do I may well take you (TUMJ) up on your offer as worms in action sound too good to miss!!
I'm just harvesting my latest batches of compost: approx. 30 litres of it. It will soon be turned into leaves and flowers, and a few things to eat, probably Rocket, and I already have strawberries, beans and lots of herbs on the go. You can hardly get to the front door for all the greenery closing in on you - and thats just on the sun-less side. I asked Father Christmas to bring me a garden but sadly I've still just got the balcony.
I missed my chance to meet you both at Sobo - so near yet so far ... I think lunch would be an ideal time to talk worms! Anyway, Jac, I could possibly pop round on Sunday (24th) afternoon, if it is convenient with you?
My worms aren't doing too good....Would the cold weather at the end of Feb/ beginning March have slowed down the process a bit? They're really not eating much and I do see some dead ones occasionally. Any advice for me?
They do slow down in the cold, but then they should perk up again. Dead ones is not a good sign though. What are the wormery contents like? Are they too waterlogged? Drain off any surplus liquid and mix in some torn up newspaper (B&W OK, colour not). Are they too compacted so there is no air? Then turn it over and loosen it up. Maybe its too acidic, in which case add crushed eggshells. It would probably be better not to add any more waste till it starts looking a bit better in there.
Ok thanks, I'll give all the above a try. I've not been adding much waste at all as I knew that I needed to let them get established first.
I drained the liquid this morning, but I'll turn it over as it might be a bit compacted.
I really want to get it going well as soon as possible..