Hearing about the wonders of compost heaps really frustrates me. Our garden is so tiny (& paved) that there isn't really anywhere obvious for one to go. So instead we have a wormery hidden away in a corner by the kitchen wall.
|Wormery artfully hidden by a bag of potatoes...|
Utterly convinced that it would smell terrible, I was extremely sceptical at first. I was wrong, it doesn't smell at all & now I wouldn't be without it.
We feed the worms all the vegetable peelings, old tea bags, coffee grounds, egg shells & shreddings from the paper shredder. The pretty pink tiger worms happily munch their way through the contents, breaking the food remnants down as they chomp their way through the various layers of the wormery...They are quite old-fashioned in their tastes & turn their noses up at onions, garlic, chilli or citrus. (Do worms have noses?)
I regularly drain 'worm tea' from the base of the wormery & dilute it with 10 parts water to use as plant food.
Every so often I'll empty out the bottom layer & spread it on the garden as fertiliser.
In addition to this we also collect free soil improver from our local recycling centre (as long as we take our own shovel & bags).