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Top Tips For National Stress Awareness Day

We all suffer from stress from time to time but sometimes it can really get on top of us. When your body experiences a perceived or real threat, it pumps your system full of adrenaline and cortisol (stress hormone). When this happens, your body has a flight, fight or freeze reaction which does eventually calm over time. Unfortunately, frequent occurrences of these threats can lead to stress issues, especially when improperly treated or neglected. Serious and untreated stress can lead to physical and mental issues including anxiety attacks, insomnia and skin problems. Luckily, stress can be battled, and coping mechanisms can be put into place quickly.

Read through our tips for surviving stress to help you become equipped to handle whatever life throws at you.

Ecotherapy


Ecotherapy is a cheap and amazing way of getting physical and mental exercise whilst meditating and creating. At its core, Ecotherapy is simply taking part in activities outdoors and can be prescribed by the NHS for mental health issues and stress. Watching your plants, fruit and veg flourish can give you a deep sense of wellbeing as the hard work you put in usually pays off. Nurturing a garden patch whilst being in peaceful outdoor surroundings is a popular therapy for a lot of mental health issues and serious stress problems which you can prescribe for yourself in your own back garden! Spending even a small amount of time outdoors walking or watching animals can settle the mind quickly and having something like a bird house or a bug hotel invites animals and insects to your back garden which means you needn’t go far to get a slice of nature. Taking some time out in your garden can prepare your mind for life’s stresses and the more you partake in this type of therapy, the better equipped you can be in the future.

Starting a garden project like composting or a Wormery is a daily activity that you can monitor and will help with gardening in the long run. Also, living more sustainably will help you to feel more at one with the Earth whilst doing good for the environment.

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Exercise


To stave off stress issues, people need to get regular physical exercise, no matter how light. We can sometimes be quite sedentary in our personal lives which means we need to make this time for ourselves and keep active. When you reach a happy place while exercising, your body releases endorphins (the happy hormone) which when released frequently can help battle against cortisol and adrenaline. Gardening, digging and sweeping your patio can be productive ways to release these hormones regularly. Tidying your garden in Autumn can be quite physically strenuous, which means you will be getting exercise whilst also being productive.

Yoga & Meditation


Due to the digital age being in full swing, it has never been easier to learn yoga. There are so many free YouTube channels that help viewers take some time for themselves and relax. Yoga is a brilliant way of getting exercise (perfect if the weather isn’t good enough for a walk) and teaches you how to breathe in a relaxing way. It can also assist in physical issues which can cause stress such as sciatica, arthritis and high blood pressure. The great thing about watching online at home is that you can dip in and out whenever you choose and whenever you need it.

Meditation apps for your phone and tablet can be quite cheap and help with a range of stress-related problems such as insomnia and anxiety. Learning to think differently and deal with what life throws at you can be an invaluable skill that you can pass on to others. Lighting candles and surrounding yourself with beautiful smells can mean the environment you meditate in becomes calming and relaxing instantly.

Taking time for yourself whether it is in the garden or at home is a valuable part of dealing with stress. Exercise and being outdoors are the best ways of getting through a tough period but if you engage regularly, your body will become used to happy hormones being created which battle stress chemicals when they are released. We can be complex creatures but luckily a lot of research has been done to help us easily navigate through harder times. On National Stress Awareness Day, why not practise some of the tips we have outlined and build up your defences against those perceived or real threats.

Explore through our range of gardening and home products to help you relax and destress on Original Organics.

How to have an eco-friendly Christmas

Christmas can be a time of excess for many of us but as we are becoming more aware of the environment, we search for ways of making this festive period less wasteful and eco-friendlier. From swapping gift wrap for sustainable alternatives and reusing gift bags, to opting for less meat over Yuletide to reduce their carbon footprints, many people have start making changes to what they’d usually do. For those of us who want to do more this December, or even those who wish to start, read through our great list of ingenious and practical ways to become more sustainable this holiday period.

Wrapping & Gifts


A great many of us have started to swap wrapping paper for recyclable alternatives or reuse gift bags. If you’re struggling to find eco-alternatives to wrapping paper, why not use newspaper? You could purchase a few issues of a foreign language newspaper to add a luxe touch.

Head scarves from charity shops to wrap your presents are a great option and can look incredibly chic. If the recipient does not wear scarves or want to keep them, encourage them to gift the scarves on or you can reuse for wrapping other presents during the year.

Gifts baskets are another good alternative, you can wrap these in compostable cellophane for a hamper-esque feel. Shoe boxes with no lids are a cheaper alternative to wicker baskets, save them though the year and make ‘date night in’ boxes for couples with mini bottles of wine and chocolates. Or make ‘rainy day’ activity hampers for kids with colouring books and nibbles in.

Tote bags make a lovely gift and you can use one to pop your gifts in instead of a gift bag. You’d also be gifting sustainability on!

A lot of gifts are packaged in large plastic boxes which then have plastic sections inside to ensure the items look presentable and attractive. There are two issues with this, one is the extra use of plastic and the other is there is an added price to a packaged present. Savvy shoppers find the same items packaged separately for a smaller cost to their wallets and the earth. Also, make sure that gifts are packaged in recycled/recyclable/compostable materials. Our Health & Beauty and Candles & Diffusers ranges were handpicked for their ethical and natural ingredients and packaging.

Whilst many of us may have lost the art of making presents, instead of buying little stocking fillers such as biscuits, you could make some. You could also pop some bee-attracting seeds (coming soon to Original Organics) into a gift basket or stocking to encourage people to get out into their gardens.

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Food & Drink


There is nothing like a feast with your nearest and dearest during the festive period, but many households are left with a large amount of waste. If you usually bag food waste up in your kitchen caddy for kerbside collection, you could start composting on a small scale to get into the swing of creating a rich fertiliser for spring time planting.

Cutting down on meat is an easy way to ensure you lower your carbon footprint. With an increase in Veganism in the UK, there are more options than the traditional nut roast around! You could swap one of your meat selections with a substitute easily found in most supermarkets. There are even vegan alternatives to salmon now, so give it a go!

If you’re not able to swap even a small portion of your consumption, source meat from a local butcher or buy organic produce. Butchers sometimes package meat in less plastic or can pop your purchase into a tub that you bring along. Butchers also mostly sell meat from local suppliers. Organic produce is a good way of making sure your food has a smaller carbon footprint due to better farming methods.

A few towns in the UK now have waste-free shops where customers take their own jars and Tupperware along to fill up with produce. Find out if you have one locally and stock up on some Christmas food this way. If there isn’t one near you, push this ethos into the supermarket by not using plastic bags for fruit & veg.

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Decorations & Cards


The distance a card must travel, the materials used in their production and the fact that most are sent to landfill can mean greetings cards are not an eco-friendly option for wishing loved ones a happy holiday. Making e-cards is a great alternative and with so many free template companies on the internet, this could save the pennies too. For family or friends without access to the internet, you could craft your own and cut down on printing inks. Or make a keepsake/something edible so recipients do not feel the need to bin it once Christmas is over.

Although we may believe that real Christmas trees make a smaller impact on the environment because they are natural, it is not true. The space needed to grow these just to then be cut down means it can be quite wasteful. A faux tree used year on year could be better so stick to what you have. Also, checking for an FSC stamp on trees means your tree is a better for the environment. You could also grow your own tree in a pot during the year and bring indoors during the festive period for display, thus saving money and the Earth.

There are so many amazing and cheap ways to make sure you have a sustainable and eco-friendly Christmas. It can be relatively easy to swap a few things and cut down your carbon footprint during this time of feasting and gifting. No traditions need changing, it is a simple case of reduce, reuse, recycle.

To find out how you can live and garden more sustainably, explore through our full range on Original Organics.

How to avoid the garden waste collection charges

In 2019, many Local Authorities have expressed the need to introduce a charge for kerbside garden waste collection. Whilst some have asked their constituents how much they think is a fair price to pay and how often they require collections, these charges are set by each local council, and can range from £20 up to £100 a year.

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Whilst some of us may be fearful that this extra charge is unaffordable, others simply do not like the added bill. Luckily, this collection is an ‘opt-in’ recycling service which means your garden waste will not be picked up if you do not wish to pay, but this means those of us with fallen leaves, grass and hedge trimmings have no way of disposing of it all. There is a way to properly dispose of your garden waste without paying charges, going to the local dump or leaving a pile to rot in your garden.

Leafmould


Dead/dying leaves can become one of the best composts for your garden, and autumn is full of falling leaves in your garden! Using a dedicated leafmould composter can be advantageous as having mesh sides built in allows the leaves to become aerated and decompose quicker. This rich compost can be created in 6-8 months and can be used as potting compost as well as a rich soil enhancer. Imagine starting this project in October/November and having a fantastic compost by May/June when you really need it. Just make sure you shred your leaves first and scatter with water if you need leafmould in a shorter time.

If you want to know more, we have a fantastic article that explains exactly how to make the perfect leafmould compost on the News & Blogs section on Original Organics.

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Cut Grass


In autumn, we rarely cut our lawns but into the spring and summer months, this chore can mount up waste. If you regularly cut your lawn and do not have a long lawn very often, grass clippings can be left to decompose and enrich the soil underneath without the need for collecting and composting. If you need to collect lawn clippings, you can compost this down to create a brilliant enricher. Any domestic herbicides that have been used on your grass will accelerate the composting process and will not harm fruit and veg when eventually used to help them grow. Although, herbicides used on an industrial level on golf courses, football pitches and farms are possibly dangerous to use on plants, so it is best to avoid composting this sort of grass if it has been treated. You can use this grass as a mulch under non-fruit bearing trees and hedges.

When putting grass into a composter, it is best to toss the clippings around as a thick layer of grass will slow down the composting process and will make your compost very wet. If you use a hot composter, you can add shredded leaves to the mix and cut down the time needed to create garden fertiliser.

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Tree Branches & Hedge Trimmings


Every so often we need to trim our trees, even in autumn/winter, which can cause an issue if you are deciding to not have your garden waste picked up by the council as it can be hard to dispose of a material this tough. If you cut branches and hedge trimmings you can turn these into mulch to keep soil underneath damp through the hotter months. Alternatively, you can add these cuttings into your compost bin and mix it in with the rest of your garden waste.

Tree branches can also be used as a refuge for wildlife during the harsher months. When stacked properly, bugs, hedgehogs and other creatures can use this space to hibernate or live away from the snow and ice.

Some branches and hedge trimmings can be saved and used in fire-pits, chimeneas and stoves in the summer or in the autumn to create a cosy area in the garden, or smoking areas in pubs and restaurants. Add these to proper wood fuel and relax while listening to the crackling of the fire, just make sure the wood is dry before you add it in.

Composting may be the easiest and most sustainable way to dispose of your garden waste but creating a mulch for the summer months is just as important. Avid gardeners and novices alike spend some of the autumn/winter period preparing for the summer months as any work done now means your yield will be more fruitful and you can rest easy knowing you have saved yourself money on buying compost and not paying for the waste pick-up.

For our full range and more on how to garden sustainably, visit Original Organics.

 

How do you look after hibernating and non-hibernating animals in Autumn?

The fallen leaves in your garden and the cooler temperatures are the first signs that autumn is well and truly in full swing. It may not be the coldest or harshest of the seasons but it is in these months that some animals start to prepare and wind down for hibernation and winter. This dormant period takes place in the UK from October and finishes around March/April, or when the weather picks up again but does not affect all wild mammals.

The winter in the UK can become quite difficult for small animals to cope with and their preparation in the autumn can make or break the coming months. With dwindling numbers of hazel dormice, bats, hedgehogs and badgers in the UK due to environmental and man-made issues, we need to help these creatures survive whether they are hibernating or simply trying to survive the winter. Every creature has its own set of needs and it is best to understand if the animals visiting your garden hibernate or not.

Hedgehogs


This little ‘gardeners' friend’ eats snails, slugs and other insects that disturb our plant beds but now hedgehogs are an endangered animal, they really need our help. Where best to start than by thoroughly checking gardens, underneath sheds and decking so any animals that have chosen these spots for sleeping are left alone. Don’t forget to let everyone in the household know so they are aware of them. Do this check soon so you do not have a sleeping hedgehog in a dangerous place as these animals should not be moved once they have started hibernating. If you find a hibernating hedgehog that needs to be moved, call the British Hedgehog Preservation Society on 01584 890 801 for professional advice. If you have noticed one trying to make a nest, why not install a hedgehog house for its whole family to come and go as they please. Cover it in leaves to keep the warmth in and encourage them to live there by popping some specialist hedgehog food in.

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Squirrels


There are four types of squirrel living in the UK today; red, black, brown and grey and although some see these as pests, red squirrels' numbers are dwindling and due to rapid building of housing areas with no trees and high fences, squirrels are finding places to live harder to come by and so the colder months are tougher for them to get through. In fact, the Red Squirrel Survival Trust say that these beautiful creatures will be extinct in a decade if we do not help them.

Squirrels store their food during the autumn months so they can access these reserves during the winter, check if any visit your garden during this period and try to not disturb their stores. They sometimes visit bird houses to collect food so make sure yours is well stocked with nuts and seeds for both birds and squirrels to dip into.

Squirrels do not hibernate but can sleep for up to 20 hours a day after a few hours of activity in the early morning (not unlike cats). This is why it may seem that squirrels are absent in the colder seasons but their survival depends on how they cope with winter.

Birds


During autumn and winter the UK plays host to some species of bird who migrate to our shores for different foods and climates.  Some of us are lucky enough to have a garden that bursts back into life again as soon as this migration has ended, but some gardens are not equipped to handle visitors. If you want to set up a long-term goal of looking after birds, you can plant hedges in place of man-made fences and plant berry producing bushes and fruits so you can provide homes and sustenance. In years to come your garden will become a haven for feathered friends and other creatures such as dormice and hedgehogs.

For short term solutions, putting out the right bird food and providing suitable homes for them will encourage life in your garden. Placing a bird bath for fresh drinking water and cleaning will contribute to their stay. If you are short on space, some decorative water butts have planter tops that can be utilised as a bird bath during the colder months if you prefer to us the top to house flowers and plants during the spring/summer period. If you already have a bird bath and bird houses, don’t forget to clean them out to make room for the new season of visitors. Check both once a week for movement and to stock up.

If you start to see more activity in your garden, if may be worth documenting who is visiting for the RSPB Big Garden Watch in January. Get familiar with the breeds and use their handy ‘identify a bird’ guide, too.

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Badgers & Foxes


Whilst some may not see the visitation of a fox or a badger as ‘lucky’, they are protected animals that require help and shelter if you have enough space. As the nights draw in, it is best to drive with caution especially on country roads and pop your high beams on at every opportunity to warn them away from the streets. If you find an injured animal, it is best to get in touch with the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 and do not try to help them yourself as they can become upset and bite you if they are in pain. The same response is needed if you find a badger or fox cub and have not seen an adult for 24 hours. If you see a large animal that has sadly died on the side of the road, do contact your local authority as many do not report crashes involving animals.

Badgers do not hibernate but are nocturnal so winter can be especially harsh for them. Largely, they create their dens in the edges of woods and moorlands so it is very rare that a set would use a garden as a home but if you live near a known badger area, you can leave fruit or dried dog food out for them in harsher months. This may also discourage them from hunting small animals such as hedgehogs. Badgers are under threat in the UK, if you would like to help, visit the Badger Trust and get involved.

Urban and rural foxes also do not hibernate but can become slightly less active during snow and cold rain. If you have foxes tipping over your bins and scavenging for food regularly, it is because there is a shortage of supplies in the local area. It is also worth noting that if they get hold of the processed foods that humans eat, they can become addicted and continue to visit you! Urban foxes are braver but rural foxes are also known to scavenge when desperate neither are aggressive but are inquisitive. Help them to not cause a ruckus in your garden by leaving out tinned dog food, fruit and raw meat. If they feel they can take the food away to cache, they will be less likely to visit again. To learn more about foxes, why not visit the National Fox Welfare Society?

Winter can become very difficult for all animals in the UK, especially with unpredictable temperatures and recent years littered with extended snow storms that many resident creatures are not geared up for. There is a lot we can do to help them by setting up a sanctuary for wildlife in your garden or outdoor space and they can settle and survive.

Explore our full range of gardening and wildlife preservation tools at Original Organics.

Celebrate Recycle Week From 23th To 29th September

Recycle Week was set up 17 years ago and founded by WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) and has, possibly partly due to its success in 2018, been split with Recycle Now. Compared to previous years, the campaign saw a surge in people taking part and sharing their recycling and composting efforts on social media last year so 2019 can only be bigger and better! This progress could possibly be due to more people becoming aware and familiar with environmental issues and wanting to help and the more ‘normal’ eco issues become, the more we try to take our efforts further. Recycling is widely accessible with most kerbside pick-ups offering a wide range of options, but as local councils expand their efforts and companies make more recyclable products, the general public can become more confused as to what can be picked up and what needs to be taken to a specialist site.

Look through our guide of what can and cannot be easily recycled and what you may need to do to make some items recyclable.

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TetraPak® Recycling


There is a myth surrounding TetraPak® (juice/milk cartons and chopped tomato cartons) that they cannot be recycled due to the plastic outer layer. Luckily, this is not true. Many districts allow this packaging to be recycled kerbside (to be sure check the Local Authority map on the Tetra website to find where you can take items if this hasn’t been rolled out in your area), so if you’re lucky enough to have this facility then you can pop it in your bin safe in the knowledge that it is being looked after.

The sad thing about these cartons is whilst they protect us from harmful bacteria, they are not easy to recycle. In fact, they go through a process of ‘downcycling’ whereby the products that make the cartons are reused as something of a lower quality. The paper used is turned into office paper and the rest is passed down into the cement industry as ‘polymer’. Unfortunately, due to their protective nature, TetraPak®s need to be made from virgin products every time they are produced. Where possible, it is best to buy products contained in glass or cans as they can be recycled back into the same products as before.

Pet Food Sachet & Bag Recycling


These sachets are complex in their materials and can cause confusion when it comes to recycling them. Luckily, Terracycle have launched a scheme in the UK to recycle these. The scheme is in association with Whiskas and James Wellbeloved and has raised over 13k for charity since its inception. The success of this scheme has meant that people can no longer post these items due to high demand but there are hundreds of drop-off points in the UK which can be found on the Terracycle site.

These sachets are recycled and used to make products such as park benches and fence posts which can take a lot of energy to create. Where possible, feed animals with canned food (or home cooked meat) to cut down on your usage of this complex packaging.

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Composting


Whilst most of us either put our food waste out for kerbside pick-up or use for compost in our gardens but there are a few items that can go on your compost heap that may surprise you.

  • Liquid from canned fruits and veg

  • Hair and nail clippings

  • Feathers and per fur

  • Small scraps of materials made from natural fibres

  • Natural cork from wine bottles

  • Potting soil

  • Hamster bedding

  • Christmas trees (break them down first)

  • Some Cellophane can be composted as it made from plants, check the labels though

  • Wood ash


Composting rule of thumb is that if it’s biodegradable, you can compost it. As more people start composting, more information becomes available and more inventive ways of creating a rich soil for your garden are thought up. Using products such as Bokashi can really speed up your compost creation and can make a really luscious fertiliser.

Terracycle Scheme


The Terracycle scheme in general makes recycling difficult products that are not widely looked after, easy to properly dispose of. Items such as crisp packets and tubes, coffee pods, used pens, air fresheners and toothpaste tubes are all accepted in this scheme.

In 2019 is it easy to recycle most things if you know how and as more information becomes readily available, anyone can make the extra effort especially during Recycle Week. Have you found a scheme near you or have an interesting recycling fact or hack? Get in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter and let us know!

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What to do in the garden in September

After the hive of garden activity during August , you might think that you can take it a little easy when managing your flora and fauna in September. But sadly, a gardener’s work is never done. As summer winds down and autumn starts gearing up, you’re heading into an entirely new season in which to consider what to do in the garden. While some outdoor heating will help you spend more time outside in comfort, the same can’t be said for your plantlife. September is the time to reap what you’ve sown earlier in the year, and start preparing for the colder months. Here’s what we recommend to get you started.

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What to do in the garden in August

What To Do In The Garden In August

August is probably the most your garden will get used all year—the kids are off from school, it’s perfect BBQ weather, and your fruits and veggies will likely be thriving. The scarce rainfall partnered with the hot weather makes it a little more difficult to care for your plants, and you need to carefully time when and how you water your yard. There are little jobs you need to stay on top of to keep your garden looking its best.

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What to make from your allotment harvest

National Allotments Week was founded in 2016 to coincide with a time of the year that many fruit and vegetables come into bloom and are ready to be harvested. This can sometimes mean that people end up with a surplus, so gardeners share their spoils with others. Although you may end up with a diverse selection, you could also end up with punnets and punnets of tomatoes or strawberries. Some allotments in the UK make large boxes of fruit and veg to give to local religious groups or food banks so that those in need benefit, too. Most of us know some basic recipes for our harvests but if you’re wanting to try something new, look through our list of ideas for some of the fruit and veg that may reside in your allotment or garden.

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The Community In Allotments

The Community In Allotments

Allotments or organised community growing patches have been in existence in the UK since Anglo-Saxon times where villagers would cultivate fruit and vegetables for their families. As time went on into the nineteenth century, small parts of land were given to the labouring poor to produce food when areas previously used for cultivation were turned into factories and houses.

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A Guide To Starting A Wormery

Avid gardeners and organic produce experts have waxed lyrical for many years about making compost in the garden and how it is the best way of disposing of food waste and feeding plants. Many of us have tried to compost but may have found it to be hard to keep on top of or, alternatively, have succeeded in making an amazing feed for plants and grasses. Either way, you may have noticed that worms and maggots end up getting involved and infiltrating your waste heap. Whilst maggots and worms are usually a bad sign, in this case it’s a good thing. Maggots and worms will consume food waste quite quickly and will produce the right kind of compost that is required for feeding plants and soil. So why not use worms to your advantage and have them do what comes naturally to them?

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Choosing The Right Wormery


You may have browsed through our Wormery section and feel overwhelmed by choice, the selection on offer is vast. Here are a few simple questions to ask yourself to help you make the decision:


    • How many people are in your household?



It seems obvious but the more people in your household, the more food waste you create. Although, some smaller households can create vast amounts of organic food waste for many reasons. Maybe they have a plant-based diet and do not use a lot of food packaging or they entertain frequently. Alternatively, a large family that eats out a lot would not produce much food waste as they do not cook habitually. The best way to tell is to monitor how much you change the food waste your local council collects. For example, a family could be filling their caddy up every week for pick up. In this situation, a larger or four tray Wormery would suit them best. If you’re not quite filling a food waste bin up every week but still produce a fair bit of food waste, is may be good to try the three tray Wormeries. We also have spare trays that you can add if three trays turn out to not be enough. Each tray holds 15.5 litres (around 2 stone) of waste.

One or two people living together would usually benefit from a small wormery such as the Midi Wormery  or the Junior Wormery. Or those living in a flat may find the Stainless Steel Indoor Wormery beneficial as it fits well on a kitchen worktop, so there is no need to store outside. This could also be a great option for those who do not cook a lot or are not at home often.


    • Have you owned a Wormery or composted successfully before?



Essentially, this is the difference between getting a deluxe or a standard Wormery. Our deluxe Wormeries have a Composting With Worms book (along with other helpful extra items), which explains a lot of what someone may need to know about worm composting. This is perfect for beginners or those getting back into it.

Also, make sure you read through our Wormery Guide. It will come in a delivery of the 3/4 Tray Tiger Wormeries, but it is worth reading through before starting your journey with any size Wormery.


    • Do you have any pets?



Without going into too much detail, pets produce poo, worms can eat this poo. Our Pet & Dog Poo Wormeries have Bokashi Bran supplied which is a rich bran that helps worms break down the waste, so it is best to add Bokashi as you add the waste. In addition, any cat litter that is organic (wood or paper based NOT clay or silica gel) can be added to these Wormeries. Just do not over fill it.

If you wish to use a pet poo wormery, do not forget that this compost cannot be used on fruit and vegetables, only plants. Also, take care when handling the waste.

Read through our How To Build A Dog & Pet Poo Wormery Guide to find out more and see whether this would fit your household.

Where Does A Wormery Go?


Due to a Wormery being enclosed, it is best to keep it in a shed or garage out of the sunlight and rainfall. This will stop the compost over heating or rain flooding the Wormery and killing the worms. Worms work best at 18-25 degrees Celsius they are slower at 10 Celsius or lower and temperatures over 30 are to be avoided.

If you do not have a shed or garage, you are able to keep it out of direct sunlight and rainfall in a bush or under suspended tarpaulin if you need to keep it outside. Anywhere that is not in direct sunlight and there is nothing tight covering the Wormery (they get oxygen from the little holes and gaps built in) is perfect.

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Organic Living


Many of us have started being more cautious about the plastic we use and how to save water and electricity, some may have started composting too. The more we do to become eco-friendly, the more we think about what we can do next. You may even already compost, or at least send food waste with your bins, but composting does have another level. Wormeries create liquid feed for plants and a rich vermicompost that is perfect for helping plants grow. It is really is the most natural way to grow in your garden.

Have you started a Wormery and want to share your story with us? Why not inbox us on Facebook or tag us in your photos on Instagram and Twitter. We’d love to hear from you.

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