Today it was time for the annual job of digging out all the lovely compost at the bottom of the wormery.
Here’s what was behind the door:
I half filled 3 compost bags before I started reaching the layer where things weren’t rotted down fully. This can go on all our growing beds before we plant out, and then later on we can add some more to give things a boost.
Like last year there were a few items that had found their way into the wrong bin: this time it was an asthma inhaler, a toothpaste tube and two wrappers from hemp seed bars. The bar wrappers were a useful indicator of the age of the compost, as we haven’t bought those type of bars since last Spring!
Digging out the wormery is not actually a very smelly or mucky job, UNTIL you get to the layer where things have only half-decomposed.
Today will be remembered for the fact I encountered the STINKIEST THING I HAVE EVER SMELLED IN MY LIFE. I don’t even know what it was: it was white and gloopy, and resembled the faecal sacs which parent birds take out of their nests. My best guess is that it was some semi-rotted garlic. I flung it as far away as I could but the stench stayed in the air for quite some time.
This was a lovely satisfying job to do on a Saturday afternoon though, and as well as gaining us 3 free bags of ‘black gold’, the added pleasure is watching the birds which come in to see what they can scavenge afterwards. It doesn’t take them long!