Wormeries harness the unique ability of earthworms to provide for plant health and nutrition. Earthworms are Natureâ??s way of converting dead waste matter into living matter, thereby enriching the soil with vital humus and bacteria.
What wormeries can do for your garden
The purpose of a wormery is to contain a vast number of earthworms that breed rapidly whilst consuming quantities of organic material, greatly improving its value for garden and agriculture purposes. The solids excreted and liquid exuded are easily harvested and applied to the garden or farm through direct application or irrigation.
Wormeries can be constructed from various materials, require protection from the elements are relatively easy to manage, smell free and can be very cost effective The size will be determined by the volume and type of organic material to be processed.
A wormery enables you to convert all your organic waste into food for your plants AND reduce your weekly refuse. The liquid from the womery is a natural tonic for soil and plants.
Why should you have a Kitchen Waste Wormery?
To produce both liquid and solid plant nutrients and stimulants for your garden, cuttings and pot plants. Goodbye to fertilizer bills and hello to organic healthy growth! Valuable organic matter no longer helps to fill the country’s waste landfill sites, but helps you.
What does this wormery look like?
It consists of a smart, black lidded, 50L housing (made from 100% recycled material); two small exit holes for the liquid and four covered ventilation holes. It is mounted on a neat metal stand permitting the collection of the liquid fertiliser in a container under the housing. Inside there are five feedtrays, one above the other and five spacers to keep them apart.
How does it work ?
The earthworms eat their way up from one feed tray to the next, passing through the holes provided. When most of the worms are in the top two feed trays, all five trays are removed. The top two, with their worms and waste then replace the bottom two trays. The compost is harvested from the remaining three trays and any earthworms found here can be returned to the wormery. The nutrient-rich compost is used for top dressing established plants or placed at the bottom of newly dug holes when planting.
Benefits of owning a wormery
Produce your own thriving organic disease free vegetables and herbs that are nutritious and full of flavour.
Play your part in recycling and producing a valuable end product, short-circuiting the landfill sites and make your contribution to combat global warming.
The true gardener is inspired to feel the soil structure and condition improving and find an ever- increasing number of resident earthworms.
The housewife is delighted with the simplicity of operation and little effort required to run a worm farm and the choice of size to suite her needs.
The penny watcher is encouraged to see the reduction in waste removal costs and fertilizer slashed from the budget.
Those whose waste is only collected once a week, when half of it smells, are delighted to daily feed the organic waste to worms and say farewell to the smell and maggots.
The hostess is pleased to have a new topical of conversation at the dinner table and there is now a good excuse to go outside for a smoke.
By Don Blacklaw of Wizzard Worms
For more information or to make your own or order your wormery, go to www.wizzardworms.co.za