Monday, 2 November 2009

Getting all wiggly at the worm cafe

Don't you love it when folk give you a second chance in life?

It makes you feel grateful doesn't it, especially when you're carrying a whole load of guilt about being a...

...Worm Murderer!

Yes a killer of defenceless little wiggly things.

I know. I am guilty as charged m'lord and I don't feel good about it.

Which is why I am thankful for a lovely gift I received from Wiggly Wigglers, which arrived on my doorstep just over a month ago.

It was their latest wormery...appropriately called the Worm Cafe, giving me the opportunity to make up for my misdemeanours.

The Can-o-Worms wormery that I'd previously been using had been going quite well until we hit winter last year, when I really couldn't be bothered to take my peelings and food scraps along the path, past the spikey plants and delve amongst the wet bushes just to feed the worms. It was much easier to bung everything in the Bokashi bin.

If the wormery had been smaller, we could have simply stored it outside the kitchen door and would have been far more convenient to use. However as useful as the Can-o-Worms was, it was just too big to do that and would have got in the way. I know, because I tried it.

But the Worm Cafe is perfectly shaped to fit into the smallest of corners. And just like the Can-o-Worms, it is easy to set up and comes complete with bedding, worms, a lime mix, worm treat and moisture mat when bundled with the Value Pack. It's also made from recycled plastic, so that's great news too.

I'm now pleased to say that our Worm Cafe has now been established just outside our kitchen for over a month and from a convenience perspective is very easy to use, particularly because its lid rests on the edge, so you don't have to juggle that while adding the scraps.

And as we no longer throw so much away these days, it is now the perfect size for my family, especially as we also have chickens and I no longer use the Bokashi bins.

I am confident that at last we've got a fool-proof system but I suppose I'm going to have to get through the Winter and see the first compost before I can truly celebrate.

In the meantime, I'm pleased to pass on our old wormery to our Beaver Scout leader and make my promise to be better behaved with my new batch of worms.

More information about the Worm Cafe can be found at


PixieSwimmer said...

lol! You are brave, with the wigglies!! :)

My Mum says I used to pick 'em up all the time as a little girl, and admire them (I guess?) and she screamed the inclination out of me!

What is the benefit of wigglies over the bokashi or an ordinary compost heap/bin? I suppose the worms make the compost quicker?
Can meat and dairy be put in there too?

Keeping fingers crossed the new system goes well!!
(And still loving your chicken!!)

just Gai said...

Your new wormery looks great. Good luck with it.

My wormery has three trays. Two of them are for the worms and the third (at the top) is a planter. I've had it for about a year now and the compost my little friends have produced is almost good enough to eat! I'm going to add some of it to my winter salad window boxes when I sow them later this week

John said...

Wigglies is a great idea in decomposing. I think the worm helps in decomposing faster. But I think we should place it in a place where the worms cannot reach our foods and children, I am talking about sanitation....

mrs green said...

what a lovely gift, Mrs A - enjoy your new friends; I'm sure you will take all your learnings from last time and ensure these beauties have a long and happy life :)

Anonymous said...

Lol, I've had problems with worms over winter too, and we've moved our can-o-worms to next to our back door in an attempt to keep them happier...
Out of interest, why have you stopped using the bokashi? Will/do you put cooked food in the wormery?

Almost Mrs Average said...

Hi Andreya - when I first had to empty worms last year, I was totally squeamish. Glad to say it was much better this time round.

I find my a wormery provides much better quality of compost than the traditional compost bin and is better for potting plants. The main disadvantage it that you shouldn't add meat, fish or citrus fruits and onions to it, as the worms don't particularly like these. That's where the Bokashi digester is more versatile.

I relied heavily on my Bokashi as a method of helping to tackle our food waste and because of its advantages and the winter, we stopped using the wormery.

However, now we don't have much food waste to put in the Bokashi, I much prefer the wormery option as I no longer have to worry about emptying the bokashi bin into the compost bin, which even though I could put up with the smell, the texture of the fermented food could sometimes make me wince.

With that said, the Bokashi bin was a fantastic solution and as an emergency measure for the odd bits of meat that don't get used or fed to the cats, I now keep an ice-cream tub and some Bokashi bran under the sink, as a mini-Bokashi system. I don't know if it will work yet, but I'm sure testing it out. :-D

Hi Just Gai - thanks :-D, I am hoping it will be better this time around. Your wormery sounds fab, is it the Bubble House one. I saw something like it at their stand at UKAware this year. It looked brilliant and that had a planter on the top too. :-D

Hi John - yes, I think you're right. Vermicomposting is faster than ordinary compost bins. And your advice is good, I won't be letting those worms in my kitchen. They seem happy enough outdoors. Hower, I probably will need to get some bubblewrap to protect them in the winter :-D

Hi Mrs G - Thank goodness for second chances eh! Just make sure you keep me on my toes this time :-D By the way, cheeky as I am, any chance of getting a review copy of your compost book? :-D

Hi Hazel - I stopped using the Bokashi because it was starting to take us a long time to fill - up to 6 weeks and then when we got chickens it took longer, so the food waste that was left fermenting was in there for a few months before it got placed in the compost. We still feed any edible scraps to the chickens and cats, but need a solution for things that are too spicey or that they're not allowed to eat. The wormery is good as it can accept cooked food and dairy products, which works great for us. Good luck with your wormery this winter :-D

tracy said...

Amazing gift! have fun with your new friends.

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Macky Kyle said...

Worm composting is a wonderful way for folks to get involved in composting at home.

The use of a worm compost bin works great for someone with limited space, such as an apartment dweller.

Remember, Dont' Throw it Away, Compost it!

Good luck!


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