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Wormeries
« on: April 27, 2006, 12:02:31 PM »
Can't be doing with slugs - making them comfy in my compost heap is a step too far I say.
Wormeries though... since Alligator mentioned them I have been intrigued.
This is one of many sites that offer them as well as regular garden worms that you can bung into your compost heap  ( well, there you go - worms with different jobs )

http://www.greengardener.co.uk/wormeries.htm


I still think that SBC could step up to the green line and offer wormeries to residents. Wormy people could pay for their wormery with wormery juice.


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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2006, 04:08:55 PM »

I know I will regret asking....but, what is 'wormery juice' ? 

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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2006, 05:31:22 PM »
wormeries work in a similar way to composts, although you set them up in a serie of layers, essentially creating a 'home' fit for the worms and then you feed them your wase foods.  The worms get to work and eventually leave a pool of liquid (wormery juice) at the bottom which can be drained off and diluted as a plant food (very organic)......Not exactly an appetising thought, but very organic all the same.  Then every now and agani you take out the compost matter and use it as you would with the matter left over from a normal compost.

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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2006, 05:34:24 PM »
I got mine from here, Mine's the smaller green cloured one, very unobtrusive, though the worms don't do much in the cold winter months so an outhouse may be a better location for storage in winter.


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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2006, 06:06:35 PM »
Do the worms hibernate or just go slow?
How does a worm know it's time to do either in a warm home, aren't they dwellers of shady places ( must be if they habg around in a wormery)
Do you have to replenish them or do they make wormlets?
Do you actually see the little critters or can you pretend that you don't have a bin full of worms in your kitchen?

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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2006, 06:17:11 PM »
In the right conditions they will reproduce (apparently) I think the temperature is all relative, i.e. in summer I imagine they get very hot and the worms get very busy, in winter it may be colder in the wormery, but nothng that worms aren't used to. 

The wormery instructions state that they will adapt to both temperature and the amount of food being supplied.  Essentially I found this to mean that in winter you physically can't put as much food in as they take longer to process it and food doesn't decompose as quickly anyway, however natural decompostion still takes place.  In summer I expect the whole process to be much faster.

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Re: Wormeries
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2006, 03:43:41 PM »
apparently composting will help reduce identity theft...

"Composting confidential documents and bank statements is, apparently, one of the most effective ways of making sure no one else - bar the slugs - gets their hands on them. "

dunno about the slug bit but the full article is online at :

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/4753331.stm
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