I was told that the brandling worms like cheese..is this true or was I just being wormed up? I had a plastic wormery several years ago, I think I got wonderful liquid manure from it. Not much else I'm afraid, I must have been doing something wrong. However this year this year I am determined to dig out a machete and hack my way down to the shed, I'll try not to disturb the fox families living under it though!
Had a good dig around in my wormery over the weekend and am pleased to report that worms all seem to be doing well. Loads of little ones, so am presuming that they're now breeding and shall shortly be happily getting stuck in to everything I put in there.
I drained it , turned it over in case it was too compacted and added some eggshells. And I won't add anything for a while.
Thanks for your help!
That's good news - it sounds like it was just the cold weather then. If you've got loads of active worms then you will be fine adding your normal quantity of stuff. The idea is not to add more than the worms can eat, so if the worms slow down you need to slow down too with adding stuff. Its the uneaten waste hanging around that causes problems, like smelly anaerobic decomposition and flies.
So if anything gets to rotting/white and hairy stage should it be taken out?
I got a lime mix from the people that I got the wormery from to help with flies, so I've been putting that in once a week and it seems to help...
No, leave it in unless there's too much of it in relation to the worms' activity. Its only anaerobic decomposition which is a problem, when the waste turns slimy and smells. A bit of mould etc is fine, it all helps the breakdown.
I've been adding that lime mix too. Crushed eggshells supposedly have a similar effect. I had a temporary problem with flies last summer. I cut out some old carpet to put on top of each layer of compost to stop any flies laying their eggs in it, and that helped a lot.
Hi everyone, my name is Bing, I've recently taken over at CRISP's home composting project. I've been asked to deliver one of these nice wooden wormerys made by St Mungos, but it doesn't have an instruction booklet. I'd hate to just send one off without telling the user how it works, and I'm quite curious myself. I'm very glad there are people on this forum who say they have one of these wormerys from CRISP, and I really need help from you!
My wormery is now with juile as I found it just wasn't big enough and I have squeezed in a full size compost bin which has all my worms in and they seem to be doing well. when I recieved my wormery from crisp i didn't get any written instructions as the copier had broken down and I was promised one in the post which never arrived. I had however attended a 1 hour "workshop" so knew roughly what to do. I also used the book worms eat my garbage. The unladylike ms jo is the forum expert maybe she has a an instruction booklet that could be copied.