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19/05/2013 at 21:37

In the winter there were hundreds of worms in my wormery It is now empty of worms and the wormery is just compost and no worms. Does anyone know if this is a common problem. They had plenty of food to munch so where have they gone?

20/05/2013 at 00:03

I did a course recently on composting so I will try to find out for you; it could be that the wormery became too cold and they died, or you did not feed them enough so the simply left,

20/05/2013 at 00:21

My wormery is empty of worms too. They didn't escape so I think they may have perished during the cold winter although I moved the wormery into an outbuilding.

They were doing so well.

21/05/2013 at 16:37
Had a wormery years ago - same happened there in the cold. I know you can successfully keep a compost heap warm in winter with a bit of old carpet on top. ( it eventually gets a bit yucky and has to be chucked but it does the job of keeping the temperature up to a working level. You may be able to do the same with the wormery - I'm sure the worms will appreciate it.
21/05/2013 at 20:30

I think birdy is right, unless you have fed them something which they didn't like.

21/05/2013 at 23:20
I've just remembered that the worms in a wormery can drown if you don't run off the excess liquid their activity produces: could that have happened to yours Baggies?

And what a powerful natural fertiliser the liquid is, (let alone the wonderful compost you get). No need to buy fertiliser if you've a wormery!

The liquid needs to be diluted about 10:1 (or was it 20:1?) it's that good, and it pongs a bit, but that soon dissipates.
22/05/2013 at 14:39

There are some wormerys that allow the worms to retreat from the tank in the base so that they don't drown.

22/05/2013 at 17:56
You're right artjak, I'm gradually remembering our old one - the worms can climb higher.
But for those new to wormeries it's worth knowing that even with that capability, if neglected (can happen) the liquid level can reach the higher levels. Perhaps modern wormeries can cope with that; I don't know. I'm thinking now of getting one again
22/05/2013 at 18:16

Birdy, I saw one recently on the internetty thing which is made in Hampshire from recycled plastic, cost about £65 and they have been designing it for years and they think they have got it right re worm drowning.

22/05/2013 at 22:15
Thanks artjak. Still thinking about it...????
23/05/2013 at 12:46

I have 2 Daleks, but would like a 'hot bin', as far as I know EVERYTHING can go into it, it is v. fast too, but a.t.m. costs £129, So will wait for price to come down. Was going to get a wormery, but it seems problematical in the winter.

23/05/2013 at 12:50

Due to my failure to put the wormery in the greenhouse during the winter, it stood outside through all that bad weather, and it is thriving.  I removed a lot of stuff yesterday to mix with compost for my tomatoes and had to pick out lots of worms.

23/05/2013 at 12:53

Welsh O, was it a very bitter winter where you are?

23/05/2013 at 18:32

Pretty bad.

23/05/2013 at 22:22

Welsh O. any more good info on wormerys, much appreciated

24/05/2013 at 00:47

I'm not the person to ask!  Sat down in the garden yesterday and read the instructions inside the wormery lid.  They have obviously survived despite my care, not because of it!

24/05/2013 at 14:25

12/06/2013 at 21:03

the wormery was covered with two old carpets but I think the cold still got thru to them. Now perchased a new bunch of wriglers.thanks for the helpfull coments

13/06/2013 at 20:10

Baggies, I expect you already know; worms do not like; citrus fruit and onions. Also I have learnt that most people lose their worms through OVER feeding.

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