This long awaited tour for novice worm-keepers got off to a prompt (10.00) start at Coastguard Cottage (Sue) with excellent coffee & scones from the bakery. The 8-bike convoy and 2 lab dogs then made two stops at long gardens on either side of the High Street (Philip’s and Gail’s) before two further calls in Bayswell Park (Steve/Alison) and Clarissa) where more tea and bikkies were enjoyed.
Quite apart from visiting five very interesting and quite different working gardens all worm boxes and their healthy colonies received nods of approval from those in the know, with the two longest established colonies revealing the most amazing healthy compost and masses of very happy looking worms. Sue explained how she mixes a scoop of compost with a bucket of water to watering her vegetables, with excellent results that she likened to ‘Miracle Grow’. All wormeries were showing happy and productive societies, despite differing care strategies adopted by the novice worm-keepers. By 12.30 people split to attend to more usual Saturday tasks. The three children -Holly, Sam & Emily who came along are looking to secure worm expertise for the future.
It all amounted to an enjoyable morning with lots of sharing, a highly recommended experience for novices. There are now 40 or so worm colonies within Dunbar and whilst it would be impossible to mount a comprehensive all inclusive tour, more smaller meet-ups as above should prove valuable and inspirational.