Worm composting isnot anything new, but it sure is smart. Composting with worms is a option to recycle leftover foods into a very beneficial soil conditioner. Understand that, not only can worm composting produce the most amazing lawn you’ve ever cultivated, it’s also a wonderful way in contributing to the earth in cutting down on garbage bags over saturating landfills. This is because much of the contents in our kitchen garbage bags is food parts.
One of the wonderful benefits of worm composting is that it can be done inside and outside. This allows us to compost live in apartments a way to compostalso. And, just in case you’re furrowing your brow right now, the compost smells like rich soil.
Red Wriggler Worms
Wriggler Worms can eat up to 1 and 1/2 times their body weight a day. As you add your food waste to a compost bin (that has red wriggler worms in it), the worms make their way through the food matter by feeding it. As they travel throughout the day, they excrete what are called worm castings. Yep, worm poop. Again, don’t worry about the smell, it smells just like rich soil. The castings are high in phosphorous, the castings are also a neutral pH. This means, if your soil is too acidic or not acidic enough, the castings help by providing natural balance.
So what do you need to start composting? A compost bin, worms, and food. Mobile bins are nice as they can be moved around. If you live in an area with mild temperatures you can keep your compost bin outdoors and when the weather gets bad, simply bring it inside. The bins shouldn’t be left in the sun nor in rain and if the temperature drops below the 40’s, the bin should be taken inside or in a storage area outside provided it is well insulated. Other than that, it’s easy as can be.
Cleaning? What Cleaning? If you have the proper ratio of worms to food, you really won’t have much to do. Just keep adding food. After a few months you’ll notice that the worm bedding you had in the bin is gone and what has replaced it is worm castings. The castings can be mixed with potting soil to be used with indoor plants and makes ideal mulch. Use it directly in the garden and on the lawn. The end result will be healthy soil, beautiful dark foliage, more fruit, and more flowers Red Wiggler Worm