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Angus Stewart



Reln Garden are so pleased to have partnered with Angus Stewart - Angus is a popular TV presenter, he appears regularly on radio and is an award winning author. Angus has extensive knowledge on composting and worm farming and here you will find some of his great tips and ideas


Composting is one of those activities that most of us would like to do regularly to not only reduce our environmental footprint, but also to improve our gardens. However, the pressures of modern life as well as the diminishing size of suburban gardens have made it harder and harder to find the time and space to build the traditional steaming hot compost heap. The good news is that a host of innovative composting solutions have been developed so that even in a high rise apartment it is possible to recycle organic materials that you generate each day.

Our aim at Reln Garden is to show you practical ways to turn a variety of what some consider to be waste materials into one of the most valuable of all resources on the planet, beautiful, nutrient-rich humus. The best way to then use this resource is by growing wonderful organic produce that not only tastes great, but is also a health tonic for you and your children, as well as being part of an environmental education. To help you on this very satisfying journey I will be providing you with practical tips and videos to take you through the loop from composting as much of your organic wastes as possible to using this to grow your garden, from the smallest pot or window box to a large landscaped garden. Enjoy the journey!

Angus Stewart

Below are some of Angus' fantastic blogs giving invaluable tips on composting and worm farming

How do I know if my worm farm has the right moisture content?

One of the keys to a successful worm farm lies in maintaining the correct balance of water and air in the system. Worms are very sensitive to drying out as their skin is designed to be constantly moist. So, too little moisture will kill them but we must also realise that they also need to be breathe, so too much moisture will cause them to drown. You may have seen worms on the surface of your soil or lawn during extremely wet periods when the soil gets is constantly waterlogged.

How do you tell if the worm farm is too dry and how do I fix it?

Take a handful of the compost in your worm farm and give it a good squeeze. You should be able to extract a few drops of water but not torrents. Another telltale sign is a general decline in the number of worms in your farm. To fix the problem I recommend you pour a 10litre watering can full through the worm farm straight away and repeat this whenever you notice things drying out or if you are going through a heat wave.

How do you tell if the worm farm is too wet and how do I fix it?

The first sign that your worm farm is too wet is a disgusting smell when you take the lid off . This can sometimes happen if you are adding wet materials such as kitchen scraps at too fast a rate for the number of worms that are there at that time. The bad smell comes because a whole host of microbes that can live with little or no oxygen invade the worm farm and give off smelly by-products such as methane and rotten egg gas (hydrogen suphide) Also, perform the squeeze test on a handful of the compost in the worm farm and if lots of water can be extracted then you are on your way to the worms drowning or trying to escape from the bins. Another indicator that things are too wet is the appearance of segmented white maggots that are the larvae of the soldier fl y and they prefer very sloppy conditions. The solution if things get too wet is to add some coarse material such as hay, straw or shredded newspaper and mix it with the sodden compost and in no time the worms will be back doing their work again.
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