Bunty’s Got Worms

3 Apr

Every morning, Bunty wakes me up with a cup of tea and a kiss. This time, he woke me up with a big bag of worms. Here’s a handful of them.

They’re tiger worms – look at their stripes – and Bunty had ordered them through the post, along with a wormery to keep them in. It was very exciting. I was straight out of bed, cup of tea be damned, to watch him put his pets’ new home together. When he stopped to examine his instructions, Broccles inspected his progress.

Tha drainage layer and tap came next.

“For the worm juice”, explained Bunty. He is a horticulturalist at heart, and apparently worm juice is top-notch fodder for the vegetables he is growing in his greenhouse.

Above this, he added a storey full of compost, soil, wet newspaper, worm food and the lovely wriggly worms. On went the roof, et voila! Bunty is the proud father of a wormery.

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16 Responses to “Bunty’s Got Worms”

  1. lemongrass April 3, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    Watch out for that juice. Sometimes we forget to look after them and the juice builds up and drowns them. In winter, it can be tempting to move them to somewhere sheltered, like in the garage or the porch. Then, the worm juice can leak out, stink, and ruin whatever flooring or surface is underneath.

    • Snailquake April 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

      Thanks for the tip – but can it really rise that high? In this wormery, the worms live a storey up from the juice. :-/

      • lemongrass April 3, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

        It will depend on the design of the wormery, but I think the layout is the same in round one.

        • Snailquake April 3, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

          I’m a bit confused as to how it would fill the next storey up rather than just leaking out over the top of that storey.

  2. Jigme Datse Yli-Rasku April 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    Had a worm bin die on me, now that was an experience. Decided not to keep the worms after that. They got too much heat and not enough air. They stink when they die in mass quantities. I’m sure you won’t let that happen to you.

    • Snailquake April 3, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

      Useful to know! We will be sure to keep them in the shade.

      • Jigme Datse Yli-Rasku April 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

        They were inside, and it was hot, and I was inexperienced and covered the airholes. Oh gosh it stank. But outside might be a bit better.

  3. Bella Remy Photography April 4, 2012 at 2:09 am #

    Well this just creeps me out…although worm castings are wonderful for a veggie garden. Good luck !

  4. The Snail of Happiness May 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    Ignore the stories of mass worm death by heat and drowning – wormeries are great and I’m sure you and Bunty will really enjoy yours. Ours is a much more simple affair than yours and the only ‘worm food’ ours get is kitchen scraps (apart from some old compost when the wormery has been emptied), but we do produce great worm wee for fertilizing the plants and super compost for the garden.

    • akismet-09628bfe3bb382a40e7c3915bf54c152 May 22, 2012 at 5:37 am #

      Wormeries are great, it will work really well for you guys. The experiences that have been negative are due to not taking care of the liquid wastes, or ventelation, or whatever. So you should be fine.

    • Snailquake May 22, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

      Bunty is greatly looking forward to the worm wee! Bunty is feeding his kitchen scraps and newspaper now – there was just a packet of starter food when they arrived. The worms are still looking fat and juicy.

      Nice blog you have there, by the way. I showed it to Bunty, as it seems up his street.

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