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Worms Vs The Daleks!!!

It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that a council supplied and heavily subsidised Dalek compost bin is an excellent little back yard composter.***

But is it as efficient and effective at composting as a worm bin?

Enquiring minds want to know!

Earlier today, I took two standard sized bananas:

The one on the left is for the Dalek - the one on the right for the worm bin

The one on the left is for the Dalek – the one on the right for the worm bin

And after eating the contents:

...and they were yummy

…and they were yummy

Proceeded to add one of the skins to the Dalek:

The hungry compost Dalek with additional air vent covered with a piece of old nylon

The hungry compost Dalek with additional air vent covered with a piece of old nylon

Which was showing a respectable 40 Degree C:

40 Degree C at the centre of the Dalek

40 Degree C at the centre of the Dalek

This skin was placed at the centre of the bin where it's hottest.

This skin was placed at the centre of the bin where it’s hottest.

And added the other banana skin to one of my home made Two Minute £5 worm bins:

Two minute £5 worm bin

Two minute £5 worm bin

Which was showing a comfortable (for the worms!) temperature of 15 Degree C: It looks like it’s reading 17 degree C but that’s due to the angle the photo was taken at.

Nice and snug for the worms

Nice and snug for the worms

I buried the banana skin about 12cm down in the bin:

Worm bin with banana skin added

Worm bin with banana skin added

And now we watch and wait!

I placed these banana skins in situ on a lovely sunny day on the 6th June 2013.

I’ll take a photograph of each skin every week and publish it here, documenting the progress of each bin – until a clear winner emerges.

Release the Microbes and let the games begin!!!!!!!

Londonworms
(with thank’s once again to the superdooper photographer Sorcha for her patience and skill in taking such great pics)

*** I received a Blackwall 220 litre composter from this company some years ago for the sum of … wait for it …. four, yes that’s four, of your finest British pounds!!! Four quid – can you Adam N’ Eve it!!!!
£4 because they are hooked up with my local council and provide heavily subsidised composters to residents of the borough.

I am not now, nor have I ever been, in any way, shape or form associated with this company nor do I know anybody who is. I am highlighting them here because of my experience with them which is very positive.

If you haven’t got the space, time or inclination to make a compost bin of your own – which I am all in favour of and would prefer – using recycled materials – then at least go to their website and simply enter your postcode and  find out if they’re partnering with your local council and grab yourself a bargin. With a price like that, you really have no excuse not to be doing some back yard composting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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