Make a change: Green tip #6

Posted by Laura Grant on January 8, 2008
Posted in Green tips, Lifestyle

It really is a waste to throw kitchen leftovers into the dustbin when, with the help of a few worms, it could so easily be converted into nutritious organic fertiliser. And, before you turn your nose up at the thought of keeping a bucketful of little wrigglies as pets, consider this: Cape Town’s famous, five-star Mount Nelson Hotel has a wormery and it’s causing such excitement that it’s even been on TV.

A wormery is ideal for people who don’t have space to make a compost heap and it doesn’t appear to be that complicated to set up and maintain one. Wizzard Worms, based in KwaZulu-Natal, offers to deliver just the worms (by courier – who’d have thought?) or they can deliver a complete wormery (they cost just under R600, including delivery); plus the organisation offers ongoing support and information.

If you want to know more, Wizzard Worms’ website has tons of information on how a domestic wormery works and how to set one up yourself.


3 Responses to “Make a change: Green tip #6”

  1. Dwayne Bailey
    January 11th, 2008 @ 7:39 pm

    I just bought some worms from Wizzard Worms. Its does seem a bit weird to get worms couriered to your door. Mine arrived unscathed and quite quickly. They are now installed in their wormery and munching away.

    I have to admit that most people look at me odly when I say “I’ve got my worms”.

  2. Allan Stagg
    January 17th, 2009 @ 2:11 pm

    I also had the same experiece, i went to Greytown to meet Don Blacklaw from Wizzard Worms, he is a wonderful man who is very knowledgable and we spent some time just talking with him.

    My wife was my most severe critic, she said i was basically wasing my good time and money, I had got plans for a worm condo from Australia, so had a vision of where I wanted to go, I bought my worms, brought them home, and started a basic wormery, to grow my worm population. I also wanted the magic worm tea.

    I had my eye on my wifes yesterday, today and tomorrow bush, this was an absolute disaster bush, only a few motley flowers, every summer. I started the worm tea 10 to 1 concentration, the first year, we had about 50 blossoms.

    I dug a condo into that garden and put the worms into the garden about 4 feet from the bush, you should see that bush now we have to continually trim the bush it thinks it is an oak. the whole bush is covered with flowers, my wife tells her friends how she discovered these wonderful creatures that work so well for her.
    What can I say, they are wonderful creature both earthworms and women.

  3. Norm of Worm Farm
    October 30th, 2009 @ 11:28 am

    I agree with you Dwayne it’s really weird to see your carrying worms but worm farming is really a good way for composting. You can also check out some tips on worm farming at

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