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Worm Composting

Vermicomposting, or worm composting, is a fun and easy way to compost food waste.

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Vermicomposting utilizes worms to convert organic matter into nutrient rich vermicast (compost). The worm castings (worm poop) contains highly-concentrated nutrients that are valuable to garden and house plants.  Vermicomposting can be achieved both indoors or out. With vermicomposting, a yard or a compost pile are not even necessary.

When added to soil, vermicompost has many benefits that include:

  • enriching the physical structure of soil
  • enhancing crop yeid, germination, and plant growth
  • increasing nutrients associated with the higher presence of micro-organisms found in worm castings
  • retaining water so that the soil holds moisture efficently
  • improving soil aeration, drainage, and stability
  • preventing nutrients to be washed due to the presence of residual worm mucus
  • reducing pathogenic bacteria which is harmful to humans and animals/pets
  • elevating antibiotic properties and natural plant growth hormones

The most common worms for vermicomposting are red wigglers (Eisenia fotida). These worms can double their population in three months; however, they can self-regulate as to not over populate the area, but can also be successful in a slightly over-populated environment. Red wigglers are able to eat about ½ of their weight per day. One pound of worms can eat ½ pound of food per day. In addition, red wigglers love the dark (and hate the light) escapees are a rare occurrence.Buy Worm Composters