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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Saturday 14 July 2012

Hungry Bin update - Day 9 and the worms are thriving :-)

I have been re filling the Hungry Bin with assorted kitchen and garden waste every day, a little and often is the best way and I have been adding about an inch of food stuff for the worms everyday, as suggested by the  Hungry Bin parent company in New Zealand

This was the view inside the lid of the Hungry Bin on Day 6 of the trial.

And this is the same bin two days later,  - I did not feed the worms on Day 7 as I wanted to get an idea how much the level would drop over a couple of days.

It has dropped by several inches, and the worms have eaten a lot of the material.

 Scraping aside the surface, uneaten layer we see a lot of rich, dark vermicompost. Lovely!

I added some more assorted  kitchen and garden waste -  or as I prefer to think of it - valuable organic worm feed for my wonderful worms;-) 

And shut the lid.

I have now owned a Hungry Bin for 8 days and I must say I am delighted with it, it does not smell, it can handle a lot of kitchen waste, it reduces the waste rapidly and the worms are certainly working hard. I am also very pleased with the "worm tea" I am getting from the tray at the bottom - diluted 10:1 with water  ( until it is the colour of weak tea, no milk, no sugar) it is a fabulous feed for my plants.

Will report back in another few days.

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