Worm Composting – 10 Basic Facts You Should Know About Worm Composting

Worm composting, or Vermiculture as it is sometimes called, is growing in popularity from day to day partly because of its superior product, its ease of management and its suitability for confined spaces. It is excellent for apartment dwellers and those among us with small gardens. It is even possible to run a worm farm indoors, but you could prefer to keep it outside in sheltered spot, out of the full sun, on a deck, or in a garage. (You may need to move it if you have extremely cold winters or truly hot summers, though.)

While it is true that vermicomposting is good for the average urban-dweller, back-yard composters also will gain benefits from this system. The vermicompost produced by the worms is an excellent additive to an out-door compost bin. It boosts the action within the bin and improves the quality of the end product.

Here are 1 or 2 points that you may like to consider if you are thinking of starting a worm farm.

– Worm composting is a really efficient way of re-cycling kitchen waste and will help to cut down on your contribution to land-fill. (Depending on where you are between 30% and 58% of your rubbish comes from food waste.)
– The most usual composting worm in Britain is Eisenia Foetida, followed by Eisenia Hortensis. Commonly known as red wigglers, red worms, tiger worms and possibly other names around the globe, you can obtain them from most worm farm providers or from firms that breed worms.
– Bins for worm farming are simple to make yourself, or you can buy one of a variety of designs that are made commercially.
– Your worms will need warmth, darkness, food, and moisture.
– The compost made by worms is usually thought of as the best compost available , mainly because the way that it is produced makes the nutrient elements in it easily accessible to the roots of your plants.Use it together with conventional compost for the best end result.
– If you do not have a garden, you might use your worm compost in your pot plants with glorious results, or you may give it to a gardener pal who would welcome it.
– The liquid from worm composting is sometimes known as Worm Tea and, when watered down at a ratio of roughly 10:1, makes a good fertilizer both for immature and adult plants. It offers the additional benefit of shielding your plants from specific diseases and controlling a variety of pathogens while promoting robust root development.
– Children enjoy worm farming also , once they get over the worms. It makes for a great hobby and looking after the worms helps them to develop a measure of responsibility.
– Composting with worms is a far faster process than traditional composting. Adding worm compost to your garden bin will have the effect of accelerating the composting process there as well.
– Days away are no problem – your worms can hold out for at least 2 weeks without being fed. Just be certain they will not dry out or drown if there’s rain while you are away.

Good luck with your new venture, if you choose to go ahead. There are a large number of good web-sites that can offer comprehensive details of what you have to do.

Just go to it!

Barbara Moss has just recently moved from NZ to Britain and spends a lot of her time researching and writing articles for her website on making compost in all its aspects. She is especially interested in worm farming (vermicomposting) in a domestic situation. (Read more for more information about this.) She is getting ready to start her first worm farm in Britain and is looking forward to harvesting her first lot of vermicompost before long.

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