Last updated on March 28th, 2022
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One of the best ways to recycle your used kitchen waste is through a wormery. But what is a wormery?
It is a purpose-built container in which a specific type of worm (brandling worms) lives. These worms consume your fruit and vegetable waste from the kitchen and then leave in their wake worm compost that is incredibly nutritious and perfect for your soil. Wormeries also create nutritious liquid fertilisers. Consider that your vegetable waste is comprised of a large part of water and with these systems, the water goes down the drain and collects at the bottom of the bin. As you go about your gardening you can retrieve this liquid through a tap and then use it in your garden.
You can find different wormery kits online, most of which have three or four modular trays. These trays are where you place your waste and as the worms work their way through the waste in the bottom tray they make their way up to the next highest tray, and so on and so forth. Once one of the trays is done, you can remove it from the wormery, access the compost that is left behind, and then rinse it off and continue to add your kitchen fruit and vegetable peelings to it.
Once your container arrives, follow these steps to set it all up:
- Start by attaching the legs to the unit and then putting the tray at the base of the unit. Place a sheet of paper within the tray.
- Remove the worm bedding block and soak it in warm water so that you can easily break it up.
- Cover your paper with this broken up compost bedding mixture and be sure to spread it out evenly.
- Quickly spread the worms out over the bedding and you will be surprised at how quickly they begin to burrow into their bedding.
- Cover the worms and their bedding with a thin layer of vegetable peelings. As your kitchen waste starts to rot, the worms will begin to feed on it. Most kits you order online come with a specific mat that you can use to cover your kitchen material in order to help maintain moisture.
- Finally, put the lid on top of your bin and place it somewhere warm and sheltered where it won’t be exposed to direct sunlight.
Regularly drain any liquid from your bin and dilute it with a mixture of one part bin liquid and 10 parts water, and then use it as fertiliser in your garden.
Following all of these steps, you will soon have the perfect way to make use of your kitchen scraps in a highly effective recycling fashion. You will have fertiliser and compost that are rich in nutrients and perfect for improving the nutrient levels in your soil. Your plants will thank you, and in the end, you will save quite a bit of money on the cost of regularly buying fertiliser and compost for your plants.