Ideal for flats and small gardens
A wormery is a small self contained unit that will compost soft organic kitchen waste such as vegetable peelings, coffee grounds and stale bread.
As it is small it can be kept in a garage, shed or even on a balcony. The wormery will produce compost for pot plants and a liquid plant food.
For more detailed information about wormeries and troubleshooting go to the Worm City website.
Purchase a wormery
Richmond borough residents can purchase and collect subsidised wormeries for £42 from Townmead Road Re-use and Recycling Centre. They may also order discount wormeries for home delivery via www.richmond.getcomposting.com for £53 (£5.49 is charged per delivery which may include multiple items purchased from the site, such as compost bins from £16.98 each).
Or if you are feeling creative you can make your own wormery using old tyres.
Make your own wormery
Follow these instructions to create a tier based wormery made out of four old tyres:
- Create a base from old bricks or flagstones (must be flat and with as few cracks as possible). Place a heavy Sunday newspaper on top of the bricks. Stuff four old tyres with newspapers. Pile the tyres on top of each other, with the first tyre on the Sunday newspaper.
- Put some scrunched up paper or cardboard in the bottom to soak up any excess liquid.
- Fill the tyre wormery with organic material (semi-composted is best).
- Only use kitchen waste if the unit is properly sealed (no gaps or cracks).
- Add worms (tiger or brandling; these are much redder than the common garden earth worm).
- Use a piece of board weighed down with bricks as a lid. The lid must be big enough to stop rain getting in.
- Harvest a tyres worth of fertilizer roughly every 6-8 weeks (during warm months).