DIY Wormery

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  1. lowrider69

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    Hi guys can I get any advice on building a DIY Wormery has anyone got any photos of what you have built?
    I'm disabled with fibromyalgia so I'm only on a low income so everything I do has to be on a small budget.

    I don't really know much about this but it does sound really interesting hobby to do.

    any info would be helpful like care of them as in where to keep them in winter/summer and can they survive a cold winter? or hot summer, can they be kept in one place or does it have to be movable

    oh the best worms to buy for the UK and how many to start off with?

    thanks for any help :)
     
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    Hi @lowrider69 I would get Tiger worms as they are the best.! Tiger Worms for Wormery

    I have 2 dalek composters as well as a heap and a tumbler.. I got some tiger worms for my daleks and they are fab and do a wonderful job.. In winter they stay in the heart of the heap when it is cold and when hot and dry like last summer they went underground under the composters but re appeared when it cooled down... They do a fantastic job..! Hope that helps.. :thumbsup:
     
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      so I need £10 worth of worms to start with, what size dalek composter do you use? cant seem to find them on ebay.
      how is it all set up to start it off??
       
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      Not exactly sure of the size I have 2 of these.. I probably did know but can’t remember..
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      They were described as large composters when I got them... I turn the compost periodically too, but the worms are fab and doing a great job as well as multiplying very well... ;) on warm days when you open it there are hundreds of them on top and all through the compost.!
       
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        do they have a bottom to them? and I don't see a tap? are they not meant to have taps?
        so do you just put a bag of soil in for them to live in them just keep adding food stuffs?

        sorry for all the questions this is all really new to me lol
         
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          What's shown in the photo is a composter, rather than a dedicated wormery. Really useful for the composting of garden and some domestic waste, and I guess importing some tiger worms (aka brandling worms) speeds the process up! Brandlings will also arrive naturally, lots in both my composters now.

          Lots of local councils offer and deliver reduced price composters, to encourage people to recycle. Both mine came that way. Input your postcode to see if your council does the same: Compost Bins - Getcomposting | Get your Council Compost Bin

          Wormeries are a bit different - take a wider range of domestic waste and can provide liquid feed via a tap as you mention. You can buy them but they do seem more expensive than composters: https://www.wormcity.co.uk/

          But you can evidently make your own much more cheaply. I'll be interested to see if anyone has done this, as it's something I've considered doing too!

          Meanwhile these instructions seem sensible: How to make your own wormery

          And a video:

          Hope that helps, and that others can provide some practical experience for you!
           
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            oh right, that looks good will give that a go I think, Thanks for that :)
             
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            Sorry @lowrider69 I have totally confused the issue here... :thud: What I should have said is my composters act like wormeries as they do not have bottoms hence worms going underground in the very hot or very cold weather..( No I don’t have the liquor as such but I collect that from my compost tumbler..) The ground under the composters is packed with goodnessthough..

            I turn them and move them around my garden but I have tiger worms in them and have had for years as I always keep plenty back for when I reload the bins.. They break it down so quickly it is lovely compost to dig in too.. :thumbsup:
             
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              glad I never started my wormery its snowing here now but will start one when it starts worming up a bit :)
               
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