I sent this email to Wiggly Wigglers today:
Hi Wiggly Wigglers
Just wanted to trouble you with a small inquiry. I was bought a Can O Worms for my birthday last Feb – my first wormery. I have been very happy with it on the whole, except for one thing – I have found the tap at the bottom just isn't strong enough. Within weeks the plastic “handle” to turn it on broke off, making it very hard to move at all. In trying to turn the tap off and stop liquid feed pouring all over my patio, I then managed to damage the tap further, causing a leak. As a result I now have an old washing up bowl under the tap collecting the liquid, which isn't ideal as my toddler thinks it's a wet play area set up just for her! My only other quibble is the legs, which could do with being a tad sturdier in my opinion: when the wormery's full they got dangerously close to buckling, which was a bit alarming.
I should balance this out by saying that I love the “tray” system and have found the Can O Worms easy to set up and use. The worms seem pretty happy with their home too. I find an old woollen jumper works brilliantly as a “moisture mat” (and breaks down amazingly speedily) and the anti-lime mix and worm feed keep my wiggly charges on top form.
So I wonder if you could send me a replacement tap?
Has anyone else experienced the same problem with their C'O'W?
I got an email yongs ago from George Pilkington, pointing out that although Wiggly Wigglers gets a lot of press attention, there are other wormeries on the market, including his very own Waste Buster, which is made of FSC-approved wood in the UK - not something the C'O'W can boast. He also sells a wormery with a viewing window, which sounds like a brilliant idea for classrooms. As the author of a book about worms, George knows a thing or two about vermiculture. One can never have too many wormeries, in my opinion, so I might have to put a Waste Buster on my Christmas list.