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Mairin's Journal

Mairin's Journal

Last Post 234 days 16 hours ago

Wormery back in use

31 January 2010 20:29:45

I went out this afternoon - around 3pm - with the sole purpose of emptying out 2 containers and one hanging basket, all of which had lavender growing in them last summer and all of which have died due to the bad weather.  One of these lavenders was Munstead and another was called Hidcote, both of which are English lavenders and are supposed to be the hardiest of all the English lavenders.  However, mine are definately dead. 

When I went to empty the containers, the top inch was frozen solid.  I was surprised as it was the afternoon and both containers were located in the sun!  

The contents of all three are now in the wormery with shredded paper on top of each tray and an empty plastic milk carton under the tap for the run-off.   I know it might take a while and in very small doses, but I do love getting the juice out of the wormery. 


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Monkells Monkells 31 January 2010 20:32:10

Think all our worms are frozen!!! Checked a few of the pots today and compost was frozen from top to bottom.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 31 January 2010 20:35:33

It will be well worth waiting for Mairin.


Mairin Mairin 31 January 2010 20:42:17

Monkells, there was I thinking I was bad with an inch frozen!


fran m fran m 31 January 2010 20:46:20

Mairin, you could be on to somthing there, lavender scented worm juice.


Ivor Ivor 31 January 2010 21:16:17

I hope it's for your plants Mairin and not for you.   I've never tried it myself.  Is it any good ?

I get about a half to three quarters of a litre per week. Now that sounds a lot but I cheat. I give them a bit of water spread over the top tier.  What goes in must come out. Albietmaybe a little weaker.   The plants don't seem to know...


Jacinta Jacinta 31 January 2010 21:31:08

I would love to have a wormery, but I would have to delegate Steve to do this job. I am a bit squeemish of wriggly things. Ugh!!!!!!!!!!! Mairin, I have Munstead too. And it is absolutely perfect. I must put up a pic tomorrow. Hidcote is dead as a dodo.


Rachel Rachel 31 January 2010 23:50:56

Must re-check my lavender : (


Mairin Mairin 02 February 2010 09:36:36

Ivor, I don't add water to mine.  When it rains, it is part-exposed so it gets some rainwater.  I was told before that if you add water, it has to be rain water because the worms don't like the various chemicals in tap water.  Could be a load of nonsense. 


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