Ramble with Bramble

The children at Portland House have started their exciting Eco learning adventures with ‘Bramble’ our Green ECO teddy bear.

Bramble is teaching the children how to care, protect and nurture our environment as nature is always changing.

Today Bramble visited the bottom of our garden with the Buttercup babies to explore our new wormery and they also checked out our new water butt for collecting rain water which we will be using to water our home grown herbs, plants and vegetables that we are planting over the coming months!

The Preschool children worked hard to help Lawrence set up the wormery yesterday; the Wormery composting worms are different species to the earthworms you see in your garden so our new worms are called tiger worms.

Worms have evolved into efficient, natural composters, they never sleep so are producing compost all the time. They can eat and digest half of their body weight in a day. They do an important job converting plant wate into nutrient- rich worm casts which quickly reduces the bulk of organic waste by up to 80%

What do worms eat?

We are learning about the types of food and products that we can put into our wormery…

You can put most types of organic kitchen waste in a wormery, for example:

  • many kinds of fruit and vegetables, peelings, cores (as long as they’re not too big and hard), but see below for some exceptions;
  • tea leaves and tea bags, coffee grounds;
  • flower heads and soft leaves (not the stems or hard leaves);
  • torn up paper and cardboard (but not shiny), and it should be moistened first; this provides fibre and roughage and helps prevent the compost becoming slimy. If you’ve got a paper-shredder, this is ideal to cut up paper;
  • pasta, cereal, bread
  • small quantities of straw, leaves or grass cuttings
  • hair; human or animal;
  • lime mix, every couple of weeks or so (commercially available) or fire ashes;
  • worm treats (commercially available).

What’s not good
Avoid the following, either because the worms don’t like them or they may harm the worms:

  • all citrus fruit and skins, for example oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, clementines, satsumas, mandarins etc (they are acidic);
  • onions and garlic;
  • you shouldn't put potato peelings in;
  • food containing fat (a little bit of vegetable oil won’t hurt) or vinegar;
  • meat;
  • animal manure, unless you are certain that it does not contain any vermicides (to kill parasitic worms in the animal) as this will kill your worms.

We have all been learning a song all about worms, if you would like to practise it at home too here are the words….

There's a worm at the bottom of my garden

There's a worm at the bottom of my garden
And his name is Wiggly Woo
There's a worm at the bottom of my garden
And all that he can do -
Is wiggle all night...
And wiggle all day...
Whatever else the people do say;
There's a worm at the bottom of my garden
And his name is Wiggly
Wig wig Wiggly
Wig wig Wiggly Wooo-ooo!

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