enviroment

Where?

Worming around…

IMG_2596Aye aye, foo’s yer doos? as they say here in Aberdeenshire.

Worried at the prospect of boring you all with tedious wormy facts every month on our blog we tried to imagine what we would like to read in a newsletter and we came up with the following;

Juicy Words of Wisdom : The process of most things in life is more important than the results.
Starting our wormery was the result of idle pondering in some spare time. In fact with no idea where we were going with the idea but seeing what happens along the way. And let’s face it, any form of composting takes time. Had we known in the begining what a rich, friable soil would be produced along with a concentrated, fertile, black liquid which trickles out of the wee (yes it is indeed kind of worm wee!) tap at the bottom of the wormery we would have started our experiments waaaay before 2008.
If you are still reading I expect you are thinking ‘nip on will you and stop your pondering’. This month we will discuss WHERE

Site : it is important to have somewhere suitable to position your wormery or else you will be looking at a worm mortuary which is completely heartbreaking. These delicate critters require a stable, ambient temperature somewhere between a cardigan in the summer and an overcoat in the winter. A garage or shed would be ideal as long as it is not too bright and in a dry, shady position.

Here, at The Hair Shop we have been blessed with a dark dingy basement in the bowels of Kemnay High Street. A mucky place full of spiders and random stored items that may come in useful at some point but in reality, of course never actually does. It is a hellish place for a cool, happening and well groomed hairdresser but perfect for a small worm. So, nestled somewhere between the Christmas decorations, curlers from the 1950’s and some weird luminous hair gel from the 1990’s (which did in fact make your hair glo under a night club ultra violet strobe but unfortunately brought the wearer out in an unpleasant, nasty rash. Not everything is as it seems in life, which, incidently happens to be another of our favourite life quotes) However, we digress. Yes, stored between these random items proudly stand our two wormeries.

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Next month we shall discover the inner workings and management of a wormery.
Sarah x

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The early bird catches the worm

If you saw the words Haircutting and Vermicompost in the same sentence you could be forgiven for thinking we were losing the plot.  However, The Red Wiggler is a type of earthworm adapted to decaying organic matter, they are rarely found in the soil but thrive in rotting vegetation and as we have observed, composted human hair.

Ten years ago we ordered a packet of worms which duly arrived in the post and our hermaphroditic wiggly friends have been reproducing ever since in their stable, protected wormeries. Don’t ask us how long they live for as they all look the same to us but suffice to say they all look fairly contented and appear to be multiplying.

During 2018 we shall keep you regularly updated on Vermicomposting (the process of composting using worms) which is our unique way in disposing of our main waste product, the snippings and clippings of human hair.