|potato peelings and chopped outer leaves of cabbage are perfect for worms|
What do you do with surplus vegetable matter once the compost heap is full to overflowing, and with meat scraps when your chickens have had their fill? Start a wormery with the veg and running-to-seed lettuce, peelings etc, and pickle meat, fish scraps and cooked veg (plate scrapings or left-overs) in a bokashi bin. The resulting compost mixtures produced by both will greatly benefit the garden, as a soil-enricher, and are perfect when growing plants in pots. And wormeries and bokashi bins do not consume much space - unless of course you go in for them in a big way.
|Setting up my wormery - the first layer (please note, this is a different model to the one supplied by Dobies).|
|Adding the worms - feed them well and they soon multiply.|
|All set and ready to go. The worms gradually chomp through the vegetable waste. I keep my wormery in an open outhouse; the worms survived last winter's extreme cold (-9 degrees C for weeks on end) as I covered the bins with an old blanket at night.|
|My bokashi bins have proved a blessing in disguise.|
|This may look as if nothing has happened, but it has! Perfect in the runner bean trench, too.|
Next, I'm going to try a 'snailery' - not to eat! - but another way of producing compost. Is anyone interested in joining me online to report progress? Maybe through Dobies Facebook? Indeed, maybe we should do that with our wormeries and bokashi bins.