In the Garden: A big can of worms

For a while now I have wanted a wormery in the garden, but have never, until recently, properly looked into the options. Well I can honestly say I am quite surprised at the expense of it all…although in the long run I can see I would have some lovely compost for my veggie garden and be reducing my household waste.

My options seem to be as follows:

Omlet: Hungry Bin

Hungry Bin

Starting price – £175.00

These look amazing and seem to include everything you would need, looks very portable with the wheels, but at nearly £200 I really do not think I could justify the cost.  It is a lot to spend on worms and compost in my opinion and kind of distracts from the ‘money saving’ aspect I like about composting etc!

Original Organics : The Original Wormery

Original Wormery Internals

Starting price – £52.95

A lot more reasonable price, includes everything you need to set up, but doesn’t look as easy to access the compost as the Omlet one? Something maybe to investigate further. Also not portable, I’m not sure I would want to move it though so not a big issue.

Wolverhampton Council – Getcomposting.com

Can-O-Worms Basic with Budget Pack, 45 litres

Starting Price – £53.00

This is a ‘can o worms’ composter is available, apparently at a discounted rate from our local council. It includes everything to start up as the other two above, but I like the look of this as it is in layers and seems easy to access and maintain, there is a more expensive one with additional layer, so I wonder if maybe this one could be added to if I got on okay with it?

Tesco Greener living DIY version

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Starting price – A plastic tap plus worms

This article tells you how to make your own wormery from a box (am thinking I would use my old recycling box) and turn it into a wormery. Looks like it would be awkward to access the compost, but it would be easy to drain off the ‘worm juice’. Realistically I think this is the one I will try as it is cheap and I won’t have a lot to lose if it turns out to be not for us.

I am interested to know your thoughts though?

Any tried and tested wormeries?

Has anyone done any blog reviews etc, or know of any you could link me to?

I am more of a look at before I buy person so will have to try and see if any local garden centres stock any of these so I can get a feel for them.

Any opinions?

Tutorial: How I made name signs…

I have lots of exciting photos of our new coop to share soon, but not until it is completely finished.

In the mean time I thought I would share with you the process of making the name signs. I am not neat enough to write free hand and wanted a different font for each hen.

I bought some blank plaques from Bluebell Woods ebay store, and painted them with two coats of the wood preservor which I used for the coop. I then used word and some fancy fonts to print off the hens names.

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I cut each name out into a rectangle and traced the letters on the reverse…I used thin paper, but if your paper was too thick you could hold it up to a window to trace.

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Next I taped the name onto the sign in exactly the place I wanted it and coloured over each letter pressing quite hard.

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I was left with a print of the name on the wood.

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Finally I went over the letters on the wood with a black paint marker (also from ebay).

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I am so pleased with the results! I have two more to make, plus a ‘Home Sweet Home’ sign to make. Then they can be hung up on the run.

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So much easier than attempting free hand!

I decided to finish off with a coat of spray varnish to protect the lettering. I am undecided whether or not to attach them individually to the run with wire, or to hang them from each other with either garden twine or chain. Final decision to be made tomorrow if it stops raining enough to go outside and see which looks best!

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Out in the garden: Weekend washout

I had big plans for the weekend, however due to rain not a lot got done.

On Saturday we took the boys to see the Olympic Torch relay and despite the rain we all enjoyed it, there was a lovely atmosphere.

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I loved the neon queen posters as well! Not sure if they had been put up for the torch or if they were left over from the jubilee?

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On Sunday afternoon we took the boys to their Nans and went to fetch some trees/bushes. We chose an apple tree, a plum tree and a loganberry bush. We came home and planted them behind the coop…I am regretting not buying a raspberry and blackcurrent bush as well now!

 

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They hens were very inwuisitive and looked like they couldn’t wait to get out and pinch all the berries!!!

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I am considering getting one of those omlet moveable fences to keep them away from the top part of the garden…does anyone have any experience with them? They are £99 so would like to hear some real life stories about pros and cons before buying!

Yesterday we had our first 4 egg day!! Clever girls 🙂

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I have ordered a few bits and pieces to decorate the coop and run so will update you all when they arrive.

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