Building a Home-Made Wormery


Building a Home-Made Wormery

Had a day off and spent it in the garden. A bit chilly but I was pretending it was spring. I did intend to sow some seeds, I bought some last week – pot leeks and prize winning peas – but I’ve just realised that I forgot. The pot leeks I couldn’t resist, a northern English fashion of growing really fat leeks that have only 6 inches of white shank. Wider than taller you might say. Once I have them I will grow them without seed in further years (see here). The prize winning peas I bought because the pic on the front was of vines overloaded with peas and who can resist a bit of merchandising – not I!

I made a homemade worm composter out of an old fish box – you know the kind that has thick polystyrene walls. I made a hole in the bottom for draining fluid (which I will keep as liquid fertiliser) and a hole in the top for air. I filled it with old compost, a little left over manure I scraped out of the bottom of an old bag, bits of vegetative rubbish and some kitchen scraps. I then went off to find some brandling worms, knowing full well that they would be frollicking in all the juicy mulch I have laid out on the garden. What surprised me was that I only found them in quantity in one area and that was the thickest mulched bit of the garden – a fact I shall remember in the future. That area was mulched with 4 inches as opposed to the 2 inches elsewhere.

I collected 25 of the wriggling beauties and put them in the wormery. A book I read somewhere said I needed at least a hundred but this is a small box. Well, we’ll see how we get on.

I also found a tray of plugs I forgot I had with Kalibroc plants in (9 of them). Kalibroc is a hybrid of Kailaan (Chinese broccoli) and bog standard Italian broccoli – actually calabrese or green broccoli. It produces small heads but many of them. It also crops for a long period, but I had forgotten about them, the garden and allotment were full up last summer and they had nowhere to go. They are of course in plugs and are really small but did try to flower. Now into their second year they are still alive suggesting they are perennial (or monocarpic) so I have potted them up and intend to try and use them. The extra (torrential) rain we have had (suffered) have made them green, so wish me luck.

You can buy living garlic chives in asda and to save on me having to sow these wonderful herbs I buy the chives and split them up to plant in the garden. This I have done today. I split them – quite roughly – into 10-ish chive lumps and potted them up ready for planting when spring arrives. Garlic chives are perennial so this sort of technique is not a false economy like it is if you buy brassica plants in plugs.

See you all later,


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