Vermiculture is the process of making excellent compost from your waste by utilising the natural digestive process of worms.
I set up my vermiculture system, or wormery as they are more commonly known, back in March this year for the princely sum of £3.49.
After the initial set up, which I’ll tell you about in a minute, I’ve simply fed my veggie peelings, cardboard toilet roll tubes and shredded waste paper into the system and as you can see from the picture above, its now compost!
Not only that, the worm population in the system seems to have exploded!
Here’s how I got a vermiculture system or wormery for £3.49
Simple! I followed this method HERE…
Most of the things I already had or got off Freegle, but the tap had to be brought. Having said that though, if I was a little more patient, then I am sure one would have come up for free eventually.
And the worms?
The worms that I was after were Eisenia fetida or Red Wrigglers as most will know them as. I searched on-line and found that you could buy them at quite a reasonable rate. But where’s the fun in that?
I popped off to my local organic goat farm and asked if I could have a rummage around in their manure heap. You see these little Eisenia fetida are naturally found in decaying manure heaps throughout the country. All you need to do is scoop some up and away you go!
I got just 150 on my visit back in March, but now some 6 months later, I have thousands in my bin, all working to eat my waste and turn it into rich and fertile compost, which will help my veggies grow – and thus the circle continues.
Here are the benefits which I have seen using vermiculture
- It doesn’t smell
- It can be set up for free or very cheaply
- It makes compost quicker than conventional methods
- You are allowing nature to work for you in a low impact and high yield way.
I have become really passionate about this and am thinking of now using Vermiculture on the allotment. Its is so simple that it seems a shame not to.
Being it Witney in Oxfordshire, I guess that I should move my Wormery into the garage for the Winter. Haven’t quite decided if I will do this yet, but its probably best if I want the little lovelies to work throughout winter for me.
So, who else has a wormery and who is thinking of making one?