Kitchen waste to liquid nutrients & compost

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Wormeries

turn your vegetable or fruit peelings, kitchen scraps and waste into wonderfully rich compost and a liquid nutrient-rich fertilizer to feed your plant pots, herbs, flowers, hedges, veggie patches or lawns. The liquid needs to be diluted general one part liquid and 10 parts water.

Wormeries of which there are several to choose from come in different sizes depending on your garden and your kitchen waste and your budget, all speeding up the whole process, making the job easy.

I would recommend you choose a wormery with shelves or stacked layers, this will make emptying so very much easier. See why below.

Emptying the wormery: from The Royal Horticultural Society

Wormeries without layer or trays “Wormeries are usually emptied when they are full; this takes about 8 to 12 months. You must separate the worms before using the compost. The worms tend to congregate in the area just below the top layer of food waste. Simply remove the top 20cm (8in) layer and use it to restart the wormery again. Once emptied, and the worms separated, the wormery can be filled with a new layer of bedding, the worms returned.”

Wormeries with traysMany wormeries use stacking trays for the worms to work up through. The finished compost is in the bottom tray and can be removed. The tray is then emptied and returned to the top of the stack. This makes sorting the worms unnecessary.”  This is definitely my kind of wormery.

What can be thrown into your wormery?

Again from The Royal Horticultural Society –

Worms enjoy a varied diet eating any decaying organic matter. You can put in;

  • Any raw vegetables, except for onions, shallots, leeks and garlic that are best used in small amounts or cooked first
  • Any cooked vegetables
  • All fruit, except citrus peel, which needs to be limited or preferably cooked before adding
  • Tea bags, eggshells, coffee grounds and small amounts of bread
  • Limited amounts of newspaper, shredded office paper and cardboard, but not glossy magazines
  • Small amounts of garden waste such as annual weeds, leaves and other soft green material”

Remember: Fruit and vegetable scraps that contain seeds can be included but the seeds may germinate in the wormery.

What to avoid:

  • Dairy products, fat, grease, meat, fish and bones as these are likely to attract unwanted pests and flies
  • Larger quantities of tough leaves and woodier material as it will slow the system down

 

This short video from the BBC shows you how to set up your wormery

 

 

 

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