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    Hello all,

    I thought it would be nice to have a thread where we can share updates and pictures about our vermicompost and compost endeavours. I'm in temporary accommodations, so not doing full on composting (unlike my last house, there's not really anywhere in the back garden to leave behind compost and I'll not be able to take semi-made compost with me), but my wormery is doing very nicely with all my kitchen scraps.

    I set up my wormery in late February 2018, so it's nearly two years old. Apart from one bad fruit fly infestation, it's done really well. I have two full trays of worm castings and probably would have more if I were a bit more consistent about feeding them/keeping them somewhere warm enough. It's always been an indoor wormery, but I live by myself and don't have the heating on most of the time so I suspect they do get a little chilly in the winter.

    Here is my bin (it's from Wormcity, and I've been pretty happy with it):

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    It gets a little scruffy on the outside, so not one for the houseproud amongst us to keep indoors, unless you're prepared to give the outside a thorough wipedown every week.

    Here's the inside of the tier I've recently finished feeding into:

    Wormeries and compost bins 2020-vermicompost2.jpg

    I've dug into the bedding a bit - I have paper (confidential waste) over the top to help keep fruit flies out and minimise smells. It's also a good source of food for the worms if I ever go a while without feeding them food scraps, and it also helps absorb moisture in the bin. I have only had to drain the juice from the bin once in the last six months, though that's partly because of the cooler temperatures and the slower feeding rate I've imposed on the poor worms lately (had no fridge/freezer which made keeping scraps for them much more challenging).

    Here's the tier below, full of finished vermicompost:

    Wormeries and compost bins 2020-vermicompost-done.jpg

    There are far fewer worms in this layer (they mostly don't like living in their castings). The ones on top have dropped through from the layer above. This tier was topped with paper, just like the one above - you can see that the worms have demolished the lot!

    And here's the finished product:

    Wormeries and compost bins 2020-vermicompost-hand.jpg

    The little pale flecks are eggshells. I save them up, bake them in the oven (when it's being used for something else) then grind them up in a coffee grinder. I sprinkle a handful or two into the wormery from time to time. It's supposed to get them a bit frisky, as well as helping them digest food! It also adds calcium to the finished vermicompost.

    I took a video too, but will probably have to upload that elsewhere at some time and then link to it from here.
    Last edited by self-contained; 02-02-2020 at 09:09 PM. Reason: Adding pictures

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    Goodness me, that was a bit of a pain getting pictures to upload. I don't remember it being this tricky. Even now they've all been attached, the pictures are the wrong way up in the post (but the right way up if you click on them). Not a problem for these pictures, but would be annoying if I were posting pictures of anything else!

    However, if anyone else cares to brave the photo upload misery (keeping them below 2MB seems to be the trick), then I would love to see your wormeries/compost heaps etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by self-contained View Post
    Goodness me, that was a bit of a pain getting pictures to upload. I don't remember it being this tricky. Even now they've all been attached, the pictures are the wrong way up in the post (but the right way up if you click on them). Not a problem for these pictures, but would be annoying if I were posting pictures of anything else!

    However, if anyone else cares to brave the photo upload misery (keeping them below 2MB seems to be the trick), then I would love to see your wormeries/compost heaps etc.
    Hello SC

    All my recent photo posts have suffered from upside down right way when viewed syndrome so you are not alone
    Cheers

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    This was interesting. My youngest and me hope to create a diy wormery this year so will show her when shes home
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    Looking good there.

    I'm about 4 years into the habbit now. Had to abandon the original when the plastic stacker bins started to crack with the UV sunlight. A nice new big Tub was the replacement, although it lacks the drain facilities of the previous modal it seems to be doing fine. Mine sits inside the grrenhouse this time of year and goes out when I need the growing space.

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    My wormery is outside in all weathers. Have had it for well over 10 years. Only needed one replacement tap. This winter have been draining off vast amounts of liquid, often filling a watering can at a time.
    I use a trowel full of compost in the mix for spuds and underneath squash.
    Re eggshells as per something I read on here ages ago I rinse them and remove the inner membrane. Then dry them on the windowsill and scrunch them up to add to any kind of compost. Didn't know worms were esp partial to them but might give them a treat later...

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    We bought a Wiggly Wigglers Can-o-worms nearly 20 years ago. The tap broke and has been taken out, it just drips into a container below. One leg cracked and our neighbour created a replacement from a piece of thin downpipe. But other than that it's great. The stackable layers is a must, and on legs too tbh. It sits outside at the bottom of the garden in all weathers, all year around. Sometimes if really bad weather is forecast then we put a thick top layer on the top-most container, but that's all.

    Not ours, too pristine!

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    I would love a wormery. I don't really have enough scraps as I have chickens but I love the idea of it. Thank you for sharing
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