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Creating a wormery from discarded beds

A simple idea, some items spotted in a skip, and some innovation, combined to create a wormery from nothing.

An Egino Emerging / Incredible Edible community garden has been established on disused government land. Although the garden has been established for a few years, it has always struggled with a low cost, sustainable way to rejuvenate the soil to produce better crops to donate to local food banks. A wormery seemed to be a great solution as the garden has access to food waste and leaf clutter to act as worm food to produce high grade worm castings as fertilizer. However, wormeries cost money which is always a problem for the garden project.

A nearby probation residential facility was throwing out a few old beds which were spotted in a skip. Garden volunteers seized the beds and fashioned a wormery from them.

The decision was to create a continuous flow wormery. The metal bed frame makes a perfect base. A borrowed angle grinder widened the mesh to allow future worm castings to be pulled out. Next, a wooden bed base was cut in half to make the ends. Then, two single bed bases were set up, reinforced by other wood rescued from the wooden bed frames to reinforce it. The final photo shows a peek inside. The next action will be to line the wormery with recycled polythene pulled from an old polytunnel. An old plastic rain barrel and a recovered bin will be used to gather and pre-compost the worm food.

Volunteers using found recycled materials to create a system to recycle food waste to rejuvenate soil to grow more vegetables to donate to food banks and food share systems.


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