Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

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Monday 9 July 2012

Hungry Bin update Day 3 (07/07/12) and Day 4 (08/07/12)

I was quite worried on Day 3 - the deluge continued here and the worms were obviously convinced that they would be drowned if they stayed in the Hungry Bin so followed their instincts and tried to move up and away from danger- but the lid contained them.

I was concerned that the deluge would fill up the collection tray with rainwater and I would lose all my lovely worm tea, but NO! the design obviously keeps rain from falling into the collection tray - which is good.

Despite having had a lot of rain overnight! This wheelbarrow was next to the Hungry Bin.

I added some more material, about 800 g of mixed kitchen caddy waste, a small amount of cooked food and some roll roll tubes with compost inside which had held some bean plants, but they had been eaten off to soil level by slugs.

When I went back later the same day the tubes were full of worms all munching away.

Day 4, I added a about a kg of assorted waste, paper scraps, chicken droppings, weeds and tomato leaves from the plants in the polytunnel (I had been removing some of the lower leaves to let in air to the plants)which had been sitting in a bucket for a few days

I had a look at the waste and saw lots of worms busily working away with none in the lid so I think they must be happy with their environment.

See how quickly those cardboard tubes have disintegrated!

I laid some cardboard on the top surface so the worms had somewhere to hide under, and closed the lid for another day.


  1. Looks like you have lots of happy, well fed worms there.

    I think it's brilliant to see them about their work. Such efficient little compost makers.

    Sue xx

  2. Lets have some more, interested to see when you get your first worm juice. I was told it is a good idea to put the juice back into the Hungry Bin, it helps the process and when it comes out again its even more concentrated.

  3. Lets have some more data, interested to see how the Hungry Bin performs and also how long until you get your first compost tea. I had heard it is a good idea to put the tea back into the hungry bin, it accelerates the process and the next time trough it is more concentrated.

  4. Hello David. I have already had some worm juice - see the picture, above. Have had more, since - have added some back in and used some. I do the same with my can O Worms and it seems to be a good idea.

    Welcome to The Compostbin btw ;-)


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