There are two main types of wormery available and choosing between them is not much more than personal preference. All of our wormeries work well from a technical perspective. They all do the same job and do it very well, but you may find one is more suitable for your needs than the other. Additionally, you will need to consider size and location.
The two types we offer are our classic range of all-in-one wormeries (The Original, Junior & The Midi Wormery) and the multi-tray Tiger Wormery.
The Original Wormery is the first ever commercially available domestic wormery and has remained our best seller for a very long time (although it has gone through considerable development, improvement and refinement over the years). With its all-in-one design, the waste and liquid is all self-contained inside the bin, with an internal drainage platform separating the solids from the liquid and allowing you to catch and tap-off the leachate liquid feed.
It works well because the worms are surface-feeders. That means that even as the top section of the bin (where the solids are) fills, the worms tend to remain close to the surface – turning the waste into compost which they leave lower down. That means that emptying it is relatively straightforward when full. You simply trowel off the top few inches and put this to the side. Empty the worm compost out from underneath then pop the top few inches which you have put to the side back in the bin at the bottom.
Our multi-tray system removes this element of initial separation by using multiple trays to house the compost and waste. Each tray has a perforated base which allows the worms to move freely between them. You start off feeding your food waste into the bottom tray and as each tray fills, the worms move to the waste in the next tray upwards, leaving behind compost as they work their way up through the trays. So, by the time the worms have moved up to the top tray, the bottom tray should be ready to harvest and can simply be removed and emptied before being placed back on top.
So, you can see that each wormery works in exactly the same way, but the method of harvesting the compost is different. Whichever wormery you think will be easier for you to use is the one to go for and if you’re still not sure then you might be reassured by the fact The Original Wormery has been our best-seller for nearly 20 years.