Worm farms rock
A worm farm (or wormery) is a highly efficient, year-round way to dispose the organic waste your household produces. It's ideal if you don't have much of a garden or you live in a flat, and if it's working well, doesn't smell or attract flies.
The worms eat the waste and excrete it as 'castings' - a fancy name for worm poo. It can go directly onto your pot plants or garden, or be made into home-made liquid fertiliser, simply by mixing it with water till it looks like weak tea.
A wormery is a self-contained composting system that retains most nutrients for reuse. The digestive system of the worm helps produce concentrated compost with about four times the plant nutrition of ordinary compost.
You'd be surprised how much waste worms can get through. In fact, even a small wormery can dispose of all the fruit and vegetable waste produced by a household of four. The worms compact the rubbish they eat, down to a tenth of its original volume.
You can buy worms from a number of sources -
You can also buy worm bins. They come in a variety of sizes - look for them in hardware or gardening shops.
Worms are big eaters and will deal to a surprising variety of things - even hair! Remember however they don't have teeth, so you need to keep the scraps small. Things you can give them include: