The Worms Are Dead – Long Live The Worms

failed wormery

If you’ve been following my journey for any length of time, you’ll know that back at the end of January I bought myself a wormery in which I have been putting much of my organic waste. It is with sadness that I must report the death of my worms, may they rest in peace.

I will not be giving up on this though, after the Easter bank holiday weekend I’ll be buying some more worms and starting afresh because you know what they say, if at first you don’t succeed, try try try again.

I am not even sure what went wrong but I think it might be something to do with the hot week we had recently. This weekend I realised that for about an hour a day the wormery sits in direct sunlight in my kitchen and it might have been an extreme of temperature that caused the worms to die out.

Apparently you shouldn’t let the wormery get too wet either, but I had been noticing a lot of condensation around the lid whenever I took it off. The temperature and moisture content meant that the food waste rotted a lot quicker than before and again I’m not sure whether this is a good thing or not.

I also don’t know if I mixed up the composting waste regularly enough because when I dug around to try and find some live worms this weekend I realised that the material had become quite compact and was stuck together in big clumps. I don’t know whether this caused a lack of oxygen for the worms or maybe it even prevented them from moving about freely but it can’t have helped.

There is also the possibility that I overfed the worms in the initial stages although I don’t think this is the case because they lasted almost 2 months and I reckon they had even started to breed because I saw worms of all different sizes towards the end.

Starting From Scratch

I need to contact Original Organics who sold me the wormery and ask their expert opinion on what went wrong. I suspect they will come to the same conclusions but what I really want to know is what I do next.

There is still a lot of good quality soil in the wormery but also a fair bit of food that is now rotting of its own accord. I think I’ll have to remove the food, leaving just the soil behind but again I’ll ask the experts.

I am determined to get this right because I have found my regular bin has had virtually no smell attached to it while the wormery has been up and running and it is obviously far better for the environment too.

When I get things up and running again I’ll let you all know.

For now, don’t let my failure put you off getting a wormery – mistakes happen and I’ve obviously made my fair share with my worms but I’ll learn from them and get it right next time.

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