Worm Composting Basics
Worm Composting is a Great Way to Care for Your Yard and the EnvironmentIndoor worm composting is a fantastic way to increase your home composting operation. How does worm composting differ from regular composting? After all, aren worms involved in regular composting? Don most outdoor compost piles have lots and lots of earthworms all nike mercurial superfly throughout?
Yes, common earthworms are an important component in normal composting. However, worm composting, or vermicomposting, is a bit different. These are some of the key differences:
As stated, your typical earthworm you find in your yard can be used. Both are commonly referred to as red worms, in the composting business.
The easiest way to obtain these worms is to buy them. When purchasing, assume two pounds of worms will eat about one pound of food waste per day. They can be purchased online or at nike mercurial superfly a composting specialty store. Compost stores are hard to find, though. On line is most likely your best bet. What more, they are a very competitive price for worms, at 22% off the retail price! There were a couple negative reviews for these worms earlier in the year. However, most of the reviews, especially recently, have been very positive, with 4 5 stars.
Building your own worm system is not difficult. The following are things to keep in mind if you do so:
Worms need a warm, dark, moist environment. An opaque, enclosed plastic container indoors, with air holes for air flow is the ideal situation. The moisture should be like a wrung out sponge. A plastic tub works great for the DIY composter.
The majority of the contents in the container should be bedding material. This is made nike mercurial superfly up of coarse, high carbon materials, such as shredded paper or cardboard, shredded leaves, chopped up straw, pulverized egg shells or peat moss. The bedding provides protection and living space for the worms as well as good compost balancing material. The food scraps you should include are mostly fruit and vegetable scraps and peels, pulverized egg shells, tea bags and coffee grounds. Don include meat, dairy products, oily food or grains. When you add the food bury it under some of the bedding material.
Fill the plastic container about full of bedding. Add food scrap nike mercurial superfly s often enough to keep the worms well fed. If you do this you should be able to harvest a nearly full container of compost in 3 5 months. Once you harvest the compost use it immediately in your flower beds or mix with potting soil.