What type of worms are used in wormeries?

Can-O-Worms wormery. Enter our competition to win!

Can-O-Worms wormery. Enter our competition to win!

Answer this question for a chance to win a wormery to help you to start composting your food waste.

A wormery is perfect if you want to compost at home but don’t have much space. You can use them if you live in a flat with a balcony, have a small courtyard or communal area.

Why use a wormery?

A wormery is a simple but effective way of dealing with organic waste, such as kitchen scraps. It creates the perfect habitat for happy worms to get to work on your waste.

Wormeries reduce the amount of food you need to throw away as worms will eat their way through a variety of waste such as:

  • vegetable peelings
  • tea leaves
  • coffee grounds
  • stale bread
  • shredded paper

How does it work?

The wormery is made up of a number of trays, once the bottom tray is full, you can start filling the one above. Each tray has holes in the bottom so that the worms can move freely between layers. Once the worms have dealt with the food waste in the bottom tray, they will work their way up through the system to the newly added waste.

The process reduces the volume of waste by approximately 80% leaving you with a liquid fertiliser and very fine compost that is often referred to as ‘black gold’.

The worms will manage their population depending on the space and amount of food available so you don’t need to worry about being overrun!

Win a wormery

If you are a Lambeth resident and would like to win a wormery, simply answer this question:

‘What type of worms are commonly used in wormeries?’

The answer to the question can be found on the composting pages of our website where you can find out all about composting.

Send your answer to the Compost Doctor at compostdoctor@lambeth.gov.uk by 31st January 2013. The winner will be drawn from all correct entries. The Compost Doctor can also answer any questions you have about composting or wormeries.

Good luck!

Great discounts on compost bins and wormeries

If you would like to buy your own compost bin, wormery or water butt, visit the Get Composting website for special offers for Lambeth residents.

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