It is autumn again and it is favourite time of the year in the garden. My lofty copper birch is shedding its leaves all over the place. I seemed to be finding tiger worms under ever leaf in my back garden. A quick look in the Can-O-Worms a few hours ago confirmed my suspicions. One of the tiers had been dislodged by the recent winds and the inhabitants have forsaken the high rise Can-O-Worms and escaped to the lowlands. I have spent the last hour “harvesting” the escapees and I have re-homed them in my composter. That should keep them happy for awhile. I will have to check the composter for onion skins and citrus skins.
The Can-O-Worms is a great “hands-on” educational tool for primary and secondary school students. Every child in Ireland learns about the humble earthworm at one time or another. This quiet and tireless underground eco warrior recycles the soil as it makes its way around the garden. The best earthworm for the all-purpose wormery is the tiger worm.
Tiger worms live near the surface and are often found under leaf litter and long-standing items such as flower pots. They are ideal for wormeries as they munch through vegetables, cut flowers, cooked leftovers, tea leaves, tea bags, coffee grinds, cardboard, paper, not to mention the usual garden offerings of cut grass, leaves and twigs. The resultant compost is rich and moist and the liquid which drains into the sump can be diluted 10:1. Worm Tea as it is known is ideal for tomato and soft fruit cultivation. I always wear rubber gloves when I use it.
As hardy and the tiger worms may be they do not like onion skins or the rinds of citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit. In fact, they will try to move as far away as possible from the offending material. I place these offending leftovers in a separate area and let the slugs deal with it.
Always wash your hands thoroughly after working on the wormery.