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Why You Should Worm Compost

By Edited Jul 4, 2016 1 0

Several stories that led people to Vermicomposting

Adding the Composting Worms
Are you interested in learning to compost but not sure how to get started or even what type of composting would fit your family the best?? Worm Composting (vermicomposting) may be the exactly what you need. This article will introduce you to the idea of vermicomposting at home and help you determine if it is the right system for you.

Two primary reasons to compost at home:
  1. To responsibly dispose of our organic waste (food scraps, grass clippings, leaves, etc). Taking responsibility for your own organic waste positively impacts the environment in several ways: it keeps food scraps out of the land fill where it creates harmful methane gas and it saves the gas and pollution needed to run garbage trucks. Imagine how few garbage pick ups would be needed if no one put food scraps in the trash can.
  2. Compost is valuable! Adding compost to any plant will make it healthier. Compost is especially useful for vegetable or flower gardeners but it can also be used by anyone that wants to make their house plants healthier or even their lawn grow thicker and greener.

One or both of these reasons to compost may interest you but you still may be confused as to what type of composting is right for you (there are several different ways to compost).

Vermicomposting (worm composting) is a form of composting in which you feed your veggie food scraps to a specific type of earthworm, red wigglers. Vermicompost (worm poop) 

Vermicomposting (worm composting) bin
is better for plants than almost any other type of compost and is worth about ten times as much as compost from a pile. Adding worm compost to your plants or garden will make them grow bigger, healthier, and give you a larger harvest. The worms are kept in a bin (some sort of container, a storage tubworks great). The bin is filled with moist bedding which can be made from any carbon source (shredded paper, cardboard, leaves, etc). I use shredded newspaper and it works great. Once a week or so food scraps are buried in the moist bedding so that the worms and invisible microorganisms can eat them.

Here are a couple of stories that led people to vermicomposting:

A young mom had never composted before but wanted to start and to engage her young kids in composting. A large outdoor pile would not have been very engaging for her young kids but they love feeding, playing with, and showing their friends their worm bin.

A couple recently moved from their house to a condo. While in their house they composted their food scraps in an outdoor compost pile in their backyard. Wit
hout a yard at their condo they needed a alternative method for composting. Worm composting is perfect for this couple because it can be done in a small space (indoors or out) and provides very nutrient rich compost that can be used on house or patio plants.

After composting for years at home, a young man couldn't bear to toss the coffee grounds from the employee break room in the trash. He tried taking them home to compost but quickly grew frustrated transporting wet coffee grounds (even though his car smelled great!). He learned how to worm compost and started keeping a  worm bin under his desk at work. He eventually told his boss and co-workers and the whole office started saving the scraps from their lunches to feed the worms.

As the above stories show, worm composting is:

Easy: Children can easily manage a worm bin with little supervision from adults. Once a week or so the worms are fed by burying the food scraps under the bedding. Once a year or so (you can do it more often if you need the compost) the bin is harvested and restarted so that you can use the good, nutrient-rich worm compost.
Composting Worms

Convenient: Worms can be kept inside or outside (in the shade). A shed or garage is a perfect spot for them which makes it convenient to add the food scraps.

Good for the Earth: By worm composting you can avoid throwing your food scraps in the trash can and sending it to the land fill to create harmful methane gas.

Good for your Plants: Whether you grow a veggie garden, a flower bed, or just some indoor house plants, your plants will benefit from the addition of your homemade, nutrient-rich worm compost.

FUN: Keeping worms is fun! Kids and adults love caring for worms and it makes a great conversation starter!

For all the above reasons, you may find that vermicomposting is right for you. It’s time to be proud to say “I have worms!”
Are you ready to learn more about worm composting? Then read, Getting Started with Worm Composting

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