My birthday present turned up a few days early: a worm composting kit, but not just any worm composting kit: the Can-O-Worms with its superior tray system for easy compost production (yes, I suspect such language indicates I am turning into the Jeremy Clarkson of the composting world - shudder).
I guess for some this would be an eccentric gift but it's absolutely spot on for me. I have wanted a wormery for years and have only been held back by - well, I am not quite sure what has been holding me back other than the expense and hassle of setting it up. The setup took about five minutes, and it cost about the same as a slap-up birthday meal - and I know I am going to get a huge amount of pleasure from observing the worms at work, as well as the benefits of the resulting compost and liquid feed.
Like any blogger worth her salt, I shall be blogging my photos of the whole Can-O-Worms setup experience, once I have got the camera cable from the nursery when the baby's awake.
And my first question for any experienced worm composters out there - how strictly do I have to follow the no citrus rule? Presumably the occasional stray satsuma segment won't hurt?
If you're new to worm composting there's an excellent FAQ here.