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Out of space!
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New wormery
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  Wads of wet paper
Posted by: klompie - 10-01-2017, 10:24 AM - Forum: Worms & Wormeries - Replies (4)

I keep finding the paper and cardboard I add when necessary, back in clumps of soggyness. How do I prevent that? I add the paper shredded small and sprinkle over or through. They also seem to take ages to disappear.  My bin seems about right, not too wet or too dry, worms plenty, shiny and growing..so what goes wrong there?

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  Postage suggestion
Posted by: pmpfr - 09-29-2017, 09:28 PM - Forum: Testimonials / Feedback - Replies (1)

Seems to be a great product so far.  But potential customers can be quite irrational when it comes to postage charges, getting used to "free" postage from amazon/ebay etc - of course it is always included in the price.  Overnight courier is always going to be on the expensive side.

It may be that the worms wouldn't tolerate being in the post longer - but it feels like they'd be perfectly happy in their bag full of the bedding they're used to for a few more days.  Anyway, I think you should either add a cheaper slower option (if the worms agree) or say in your FAQ that this is a bad idea.

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  Out of space!
Posted by: WiggleWiggleWiggle - 09-29-2017, 11:36 AM - Forum: Testimonials / Feedback - Replies (6)

Turns out a 3 tray wormery isn't big enough for a single person household if that single person is a vegan with a little vegetable garden :'-(. I started the wormery off at end of June, and have just had to empty my first tray (filled in July) into a bucket to finish off. With autumn's dead veggie plants to go in, there's no way August's tray will be finished in time to use before this one's full again.

Pretty please will Wormcity send me a voucher so I can justify buying another tray or two? Because it's so much more expensive to buy a tray plus postage than if I'd just bought a bigger wormery in the first place, and I did follow your web page advice for small households and get 3 trays. I promise to tell everyone how awesome your wormerys are, because my little wriggly pals are very happy and doing a great job and the wormery looks set to give me many years of happy gardening.

Any other small households who grow a few veggies and eat a lot more: don't make my mistake, just go straight to the biggest value pack you can afford, you won't regret it! ;-)


P.S. if I can upgrade to Wormery 100 or 125 value, get the extra worms, extra trays, and book, and just pay the difference, I'd love you forever and tell all my friends. But I know that's a big ask and I'm already being cheeky. So a voucher to cover postage for another tray would be ok.

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  fizzy bins
Posted by: PeteF - 09-25-2017, 09:54 AM - Forum: Worms & Wormeries - Replies (5)

I have three bins which I keep in my garage when feedin the first one today I could hear a noise ! When I put my ear close to the top of the bin I could hear a fizzing sound ??. exactly like the sound you get when you've poured a glass of coke !. On checking the other two bins, they were the same. What's going on guys ? Have I got a problem ? I'm starting to get edgy and would appreciate any advice  and help. Thank you
Pete

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  New wormery
Posted by: klompie - 09-09-2017, 02:49 PM - Forum: Worms & Wormeries - Replies (4)

I set up my new wormcity wormery about 3 weeks ago, following the instructions.
Put wormery into packing box..next morning mass exodus.
Decided to put drawer into bin liner, next morning mass exodus, tried 2 bin liners both knotted but saw them actually wriggling through the knots! Also discovered that crafty beasties push their way through the fibers in the bin liners, as they're very thin, the fibers!
The worrying thing was though that they seemed hell bent on crawling through the crack between wall and floor as the wall was dampish. From there they were lost to me.
However whilst I had a new roof put on, the builder called me to come n have a look at this mass of wriggling worms up there...yes all tiger worms and all mine!
By coincidence I hit on a good way to solve mass exodus, I put the whole wormery inside of those builders bags that sand and cement get delivered in, those things with handles.
I put a few spades full of damp soil, compost and cardboard inside the bag next to the wormery and next morning found all the escapees quite happily in there. Worked for me.
Anyway now 3 weeks in and all's calmed down, no more escapes and they seem thriving n eating steadily through more than I thought they would and seem even fatter than when they arrived.
Thanks Wormcity for an excellent product and great service.
Btw this forum might not be much used but is a mine of practical information about all the ups n downs along the way.

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  Soggy sad wormery
Posted by: Natanya - 08-31-2017, 04:04 PM - Forum: Worms & Wormeries - Replies (6)

Hi there,

I became the very proud owner of my wormery about a month ago. I rather excitedly positioned it just outside the kitchen back door meaning I wouldn't have to go far to feed my worms the kitchen scraps and peelings. 
Whilst i understand it takes a while for wormeries to establish I think my worms have mostly died or drowned 8-( 
The wormery is soggy and I didn't see a huge amount of worms in when I added extra card board to help dry it out.

So I suppose my question is whether I should just start again or whether adding fresh matting and extra worms will help get it going?

Thanks

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  Tadpole like creatures in the wormery liquid
Posted by: Boudicca21 - 07-09-2017, 10:33 AM - Forum: Worms & Wormeries - Replies (4)

title says it. Just took the first liquid off my relatively new wormery and it is full of little tadpole like creatures swimming around.

What are they? Beneficial or sign of a problem?

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Question White Office Paper
Posted by: WiggleWiggleWiggle - 06-17-2017, 02:16 PM - Forum: Worms & Wormeries - Replies (4)

Hello wiggle fans! Smile  Yet another over-anxious noobie worm-parent here. I've had my new Worm City wormery for a few days, and having read lots of info on the web about what to do and not do I'm more confused than ever, and unexpectedly alarmed, so I decided it's time to ask the experts!

I don't read newspapers so was hoping to use shredded bank statements, bills etc as bedding instead (dampened of course), 'til I read somewhere that white office paper is bad for them  Confused . Does the bleaching process make it too harmful or something? I can use shredded cardboard boxes instead if needs be, but would rather use stuff I already shred if I can get away with it. (I spent some time worrying that cardboard box glue would kill them, but now I think it's ok, and that's what's in there at the moment on top of the coir/soil.)

Also, having read that a bit of soil can help them get established, I got carried away and thought a lot of soil would be even better, and put a whole bucketful in there, mixed well into the coir. And smugly thought that with lots of soil to hide in they wouldn't feel the need to wander, and didn't put the wormery in a binbag or anything overnight (although I did leave a little nightlight outside the wormery the past couple of nights). Then yesterday I read that compost worms don't actually like a lot of soil, it's too gritty for them, and they live in different conditions to normal garden worms. Have I messed up big time? Will most of my worms have wandered off in the night? And I can see how they can climb out of the wormery and plop onto the floor, but is it possible for them to climb back in if they wanted to? It looks very tricky, but until recently I had no idea worms could climb at all! Any tips for attracting wanderers back out of my garden borders so I can put them back in the wormery, or is it not worth bothering?

I've had 2 or 3 corpses on the top each day, I'm assuming they got too traumatised by their journey so I'm trying not to worry about that yet. And at least there have been live ones in there too when I've not been able to resist peeking Angel  .

Oh, and one last question - I have the bag of cereal based worm food that came with the wormery, and they had a handful of that on arrival. I know not to try to feed them anything else for a fortnight, then I can feed a bit of kitchen waste. When should I be giving them the rest of the cereal? A small handful each time I put kitchen waste in? Or should I be giving them a bit every couple of days now if they've eaten all their arrival dinner?

There was me thinking a wormery was just a fast compost bin I could chuck waste in and not worry about! Oh my! Now I understand why people write books about it! Undecided

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  Leachate friend or foe
Posted by: WillyWorm - 06-13-2017, 07:46 PM - Forum: Worms & Wormeries - Replies (7)

Somebody in another thread ask about leachate. I felt it was a big enough subject to have its own thread. Please pass on your experience of using leachate and any information you have on it.

If you visit any worm/vermiculture site or read any book or magazine article related to the subject of vermiculture then you will see a great deal of discussion on leachate. It's a very hot topic at the moment. The opinions expressed are very far ranging, sometimes, very contradictory. Well known and well respected worm heads hold very different views on the usefulness and safety of using leachate. Some say it's a valuable plant food, others say use with caution and some say it's dangerous and should not be used directly on or near food crops. 

Firstly what is leachate? To start with it's not worm tea nor compost tea nor casting tea these terms refer to a liquid which can be made from the compost/casting from your worm bin when they are mixed with water and re-oxygenated by stirring manually or with the help of a fish tank pump. Leachate is simply the liquid which got into your bin from from "wet" food or the environment i.e. rain or excess water being applied deliberately or by accident. This moisture perculates down through the trays collecting nutrients and microbes (some good and some bad) on its journey  and you collect it via the tap in the sump. It is sometimes called "worm pee" but none of it comes directly from the worms. You would get the same substance if there were no worms in the bin. There is no disputing the fact that leachate can contain a lot of nutrients and goodness. However they can contain some nasties, the liquid which passes through the bin can be anaerobic and in this anaerobic soup bad bacteria and pathogens can breed, these baddies can harm and even kill plants and can result in health problems for us. The big problem is the fact that every batch of leaches is different even when taken from the same worm bin.

George Pilkington in his book "Composting with Worms, why waste your waste" states on page 61 "I have heard it called "worm tea" by so-call experts. He goes on to say pour the leaches on the compost heap.

 Bentley of says the jury is out on leachate.


Mary Appelhof in her book "Worms Eat My Garbage" acknowledges that some people use leachate to feed plants but makes no other comment.

Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis in their book "Teaming with Microbes" say leachate from compost adds little to the soil food web.

Worm bin manufactures and web sites selling worm bins claim leachate are a valuable liquid plant food.  

Huy from TheLittleWormFarm.com states "Using leachate that leaks at the bottom isn't pointless but risky" he goes on to say "the long term wetness (which results in leachate) will potentially create an anaerobic environment where bad bacteria can breed"

In my opinion there is some good stuff in leachate but it needs treating with caution. I set some rules some time ago. 
1) Avoid them, I manage my bin in a way which reduces the production of leachate. 
2) If I get leachate, and I do sometimes,  I check the smell, if they smell bad I dump them.
3) I aerate them before use. If it's a small amount this is a matter of putting them In a six pint milk bottle and giving them a good shake, larger amounts are put in a bucket and an air-stone connected to a aquarium pump is added to aerate for six hours. 
4) dilute at least 12 to 1 with water (1 pint to a standard 1.5 gallon watering can) before use.
5) never water over plants.
6) use around flower and ornamentals, rarely use near edibles never near edibles which will be eaten within a month.


Hope that helps 
Willy


My big concern about leachate is that it is taking goodness from the finished casting. There is only a finite amount of goodness in the food and bedding we put in the bin if we allow it to be "leached away" the finished casting will be poorer for it.

Willy

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  Horse manure
Posted by: PeteF - 06-11-2017, 12:39 PM - Forum: Worms & Wormeries - Replies (8)

A stables near me have a sign up for free horse manure.
Has anyone any advise or experience using this medium for bedding ?
How old should it be for it not generate any heat etc and how would you prepare it for use if it was fresh ?
Pete

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