Many articles have been written about worms and wormeries,
which has led to customer confusion, not knowing who or what to believe.
As we have been selling and developing wormeries since
1994, we like to think that we know a little bit more than others who
just import them to sell. Questions like ....
1) Does the
size of my wormery matter ?
Yes - If you buy a wormery
that is advertised to be big enough for a normal family - you want it
to be just that - big enough. There is no point buying a wormery that
just 'can't cope' with a normal amount of waste
- Surface area is very important
- this allows you to add more food, in a thinner layer.
Having food spread thinly over the top allows it to
compost down faster, and keeps your worms happy and therefore creates a
more productive wormery.
- Depth - If you are told that
depth doesn't matter then you are being told wrong.
its a very important factor. A dustbin is too deep,
whereas a very shallow tray - is just too ... shallow - it has to hold
food, and allow the worms to live in it safely and comfortably.
If you put too much food into a shallow tray and the
worms do not like it
they have nowhere else to go, to escape it, because they are surrounded
by the food. so they will leave the wormery.
If however the tray is slightly deeper, the worms
can burrow down
and get away from anything not to their liking.
This same reasoning works with temperature extremes
as well, in both hot and freezing temperatures the worms can survive by
burrowing into the compost.
Our Wormcity trays are 43cms square and 17cms deep.
From our comprehensive research this is the perfect size / depth ratio
for your worms.
Should worms be sent with a wormery ?
3) What are moisture mats
Absolutely !! Coir takes approximately 30 minutes (not
overnight) to expand from looking like a house brick to fluffy coir
fibre. Stick it in a bucket and watch it expand - then simply crumble
up any remaining lumps with your fingers and squeeze the excess water
Worms love coir, its the perfect bedding for them. PH
Neutral and salt free the worms quickly snuggle down into it.
Our worms can also be left in their breathable bag for
upto 2 weeks, so if you didn't want to set the wormery up straight away
- you don't have to. simply open the box, and keep in a dark, cool spot
and they will be fine.
You might notice that other sellers often sell a moisture mats with
This mat is usually made from woven
hemp or coir (coconut husk). Worms in their natural habitat like to
live under something dark. We know from experience that covering the
worms and food with something - deters flies and and makes the worms
work actively underneath.
So why do we not sell / supply moisture mats ? the answer is simply
because its a gimmick. Newspaper, cardboard, an old jumper, a piece of
carpet, all work brilliantly as moisture mats. Moisture mats will be
eaten by the worms within a few weeks therefore as the whole point of a
wormery is to reduce your waste, it makes sense to use items that can
be composted from your household. Save your money and use old
newspapers or cardboard, works as well - and is free!
4) What is worm food ?
The wormfood that we send with our wormery is a mixture of ground
cereals. You will however notice that we send only a small bag (250g)
with our wormeries. Why ? the reason is the same as above. You want to
feed your worms household waste - not worm food
are not given 'worm food' in the wild - they will be totally happy with
your leftover cabbage !!
5) What is Lime ?
Lime or Calcified Seaweed is a powder that you can add
to your wormery to reduce the acidity (ph).
We do not sell lime simply because unless you know that you
have an acidic wormery, adding too much can change the ph levels
A wormery is a little ecosystem, if you throw in a few handfuls of lime
every time you think its acidic, you could potentially upset the
delicate balance, which could result in unhappy worms.
Instead of buying lime - we recommend that you use crushed egg shells
which is the same as lime as its made from calcium oxide but releases
the calcium slowly
into the wormery.
If you have egg shells simply dry them out by cooking them in
oven (when you are cooking something else) or leave them out to dry -
then simply grind them into a
fine powder - or bash them with a rolling pin (!).
This can be sprinkled into your wormery. Not only do eggshells help
with any acidic problems but they are also an essential form of grit,
this helps the worm digest the food better (they do this by grinding
against the grit in their stomachs.)
NB Composting worms are actually very tolerant of acidic conditions –
some worms have a pH tolerance range of between 5
Do we supply Worm Vouchers ?
7) Why do
other companies choose to import wormeries rather than use British made
Yes !! send us an email straight after ordering, and we
will make sure that we put one in instead of the
No idea - ask them !
We hope that the above helps, we know that it contradicts what
other sellers say, but we really do know what we are talking about.
After all we MAKE
the Wormcity Wormery !