I’m no expert, being on only the second wormery of my gardening career, but I do know one thing. The contents of a wormery is not the kind of thing you want spilling all over your garden, let alone your shoes, trousers etc… so it is rather crucial that the legs stay on the thing at all costs. What you don’t want to be doing is lifting a tray up to see how the little loves are getting on, only to find that not only have you lifted the entire thing off the ground, but the legs have also fallen off it. Or more likely, one of the legs has fallen off it, meaning that you can’t even put the trays down and sort it all out, because three of the legs are still holding grimly on for dear life, and so the whole thing is just massively unstable. And extremely heavy.
This is precisely what happened to my Worm Factory the other day. The legs are really rather pathetically attached with a few little plastic clips, and once they have a few thousand worms and several kilos of soil to bear, they are utterly useless. They fall off at regular intervals, and it is extremely difficult to put them all back, without one of the others falling off, and by then all the neighbours are looking out of the window at you, and wondering whether it’s time to call the men in white coats in. Again.
Consequently, the entire thing is now up on bricks, and this is extremely satisfactory because you know where you are with a brick. It’s not feeble mindedly going to make a bid for freedom just when you least expect it, it will stay put; and along with its colleagues, provide a trustworthy platform for all your worming antics.
I haven’t tried the Worm Factory’s successor, the Can O’ Worms but I wonder whether this is one of the design flaws they fixed. I’d be interested to know if anyone has one.
The other design flaw I should mention is the one that caused the downfall of my ‘Original Wormery’. This was essentially a large gray bucket with a tap at the bottom. I made the first mistake, which was leaving the tap closed for most of the time, which resulted in a very upsetting drowning incident, in which I lost my whole… colony?…pack?…tribe? Well anyway, the poor things all perished and I don’t want to think about it any further.
Then the additional flaw with the ‘bucket’ design is that you can’t separate compost from waste in a dignified fashion, without getting up to your shoulders in the stuff. And really and truly, the tray system is the way forward on this one.
I’d love to hear other people’s experiences, what other design flaws are there, and is there a wormery which has solved them all?