Most Popular Questions Answered
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.
2) Should worms be sent with a wormery ?
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 out.
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.
3) What are moisture mats ?
You might notice that other sellers often sell a moisture mats with their wormeries,
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
. Worms 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 drastically.
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 the 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 the food 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 and 9
6) Do we supply Worm Vouchers ?
7) Why do other companies choose to import wormeries rather than use British made ones ?
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 !
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