I decided that I would build a worm composting bin or ‘vermicomposter’ which would house the red worms and would be in our kitchen where it would be easy to transfer the organic waste to the bin. Eventually the bin will be harvested and the product of the worms’ work – worm castings will be used as a fertiliser for aiding the growth of more food to complete the vermiculture cycle.
And there’s a local link too as it looks like Lewisham Parks are providing some of the mix to go with the worm compost:
We found some old draws which we made drainage holes in and then filled with mixtures of Levington multi-purpose compost, vermicompost and recycled green waste from Lewisham Borough Council’s parks dept.
Most of my family’s kitchen waste goes into the compost bin where I’m hoping similar things are going on, but in a less planned and scientific way. Certainly things seem to take a little longer to break down than Alex describes happening. But given this soon to be published report on what we’re throwing out composting seems like a very good idea.
Anyway its a fascinating blog and I suggest you read it all.