Teresa Griffith
This is my 3rd delivery of Internet Reptile mealworms. I bought them initially for our garden robin - but now the Great Tits have muscled in! (Robbie still calls me when they are low - and I drop almost everything to feed him. He sings so sweetly!). Two days ago I received a card from the post office - parcel returned to depot. I was fuming. My normal postman used to leave the package in the (admittedly blisteringly hot) porch. I completed the redirection form on my phone, requesting that it be placed in the shade by the pond - phew! That's where they were when I got home from work. New postman just knocked on door to explain - I showed him the worms and my preferred place for them to be left if I am out. (I don't know why but he seems to expect me to complete a redirection form every week now - the previous postman would have just left them where I asked! :( I mix 50:50 powdered linseeds (bought for a friend's horse but no longer required) and wholemeal Chappati flour (£5.25 for 10kg from Tesco) - add a couple of tablespoons of organic milk powder, (when I remember, a dash of brewer's yeast and wheatgerm). Mix by hand in a bright yellow builders' tub, throw them in - I do this in the garden - as they arrive in a sort of mesh bag with a large piece of crumpled paper inside and it's hard to get them out without dropping any. They also have the odd jacket potato/mash or chips that didn't get eaten, For moisture I give them cauliflower leaves, cucumber and potato peel, carrots - sliced by using the potato peeler, any soft fruit that seems a bit too squishy for us, banana skins. I have a nesting colander* - both it and the bowl it nests in have a handle which I can hang over the builders' tub in the shed so they are out of the way but don't squash the worms. You can shake off the powder, tip the worms into the bowl, pick off the cabbage and peel to allow birds to feed without making too much mess. The potato peel, lettuce, carrot, etc becomes dry and crispy after a few days, it can then go into the garden compost where the garden worms break it down. I think the mealworms drying out the peel before it goes into the garden compost makes it easier for the garden worms to deal with. I hope putting their waste linseeds, etc into Bokashi compost will work as well. *(https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B09JC2FX1W/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1)
3 months ago
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