Having just moved house, I've been enjoying such mundane eco pleasures as switching to a green electricity tariff, swapping out IKEA halogens for LED ones and getting a water meter installed. It's been a riot. Adding to the fun, our new Can-o-Worms womery turned up at the weekend. As well as being very popular with our cat Boo - see pic, top right - and made from 100 per cent recycled plastic, the thing that struck me is how superior it is to Blackwall's one.
It's sad to admit it, but I should know: I used to own the Blackwall wormery, thanks to a Hacknery council subsidy. The rivals come with a fairly equal pack of 'accessories' (bedding, lime mix etc) but the Can-o-Worms' advantage is that you can actually see the worms in action due to the wormery's clever stacking system. Worm-watching is no great spectator sport, but it's helpful to be able to see how they're getting on: I caused my Blackwall one no end of trouble by over-feeding the blighters with the peelings of my old veg box. The stacking design also looks likely to make it a lot easier to remove the compost - 'worm poo' if we're going to cut to the chase - once it's ready after six months. In fairness to Blackwall, its wormery is nearly half the price of the Can o Worms at £45. Expect more hot worm posts soon.