Who should Compost with Worms?
Vermicomposting is a way to take the food waste, paper waste, and even yard waste and recycle it. The result is a soil amendment that far exceeds any fertilizer that can be bought at the store. But farmers, on farms compost with worms, right? Not when we compost with worms, anyone in almost any situation can do it.
Anyone Who Grows A Garden or Potted Plants
If you grow your own food garden and/or flower garden you will love the benefits you get from composting with worms. You will never need to buy fertilizer again because the worm compost is better than any fertilizer you can buy. If you keep a few potted plants around the house, the worm compost (aka Vermicompost) can be used to make the best potting soil around. One of the advantages of using Vermicompost is you can’t overfeed your plants, and it will not burn they like too much fertilizer or “hot manure”.
For your potted plants, we recommend a 1 part Vermicompost, 3 parts Peat Moss, and 1 part Perlite or Vermiculite. This is an awesome Potting Soil. Most studies show that there is little to no benefit from more than 20% Vermicompost.
For your food or flower garden, we recommend 2-3 inches of Vermicompost placed on the surface and worked into the soil. A more efficient way to use Vermicompost in the garden is to place about 2 tablespoons into soil, with the seeds when planting. After this feed each plant about ½ a cup every 2 months.
Anyone Who Desires to Help Reduce The Waste Going to Landfills
When Organic Material such as food scraps and green waste is put in landfills, it is generally compacted down and covered. This removes the oxygen and causes it to break down in an anaerobic process. Eventually, this releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Worm composting your food scraps and green waste eliminates many of these problems. Vermicompost is organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow. Food scraps and yard waste currently make up 20 to 30 percent of what we throw away and should be composted with worms instead. In addition, you can also compost with worms most of your paper products, adding to the total percentage of recoverable material.
Anyone Who Wants to Help Reduce the Problem of Topsoil Erosion
Soil erosion is a naturally occurring process. In agriculture, soil erosion refers to the wearing away of a field’s topsoil by water, wind as well as farming activities such as tillage. Topsoil, which is high in organic matter, plant nutrients and microorganisms is of tremendous value and is necessary to grow our food. Half of the topsoil on the planet has been lost in the last 150 years. A rough calculation of current rates of topsoil loss suggests we have about 60 years of topsoil left. Approximately 40% of soil used for agriculture around the world is classed as either degraded or seriously degraded. Degraded soil means we will produce 30% less food over the next 20-50 years. Seriously degraded soil means that 70% of the topsoil, the layer allowing plants to grow, is gone.
Worm Composting, which produces a material that is loaded with organic matter, plant nutrients and microorganisms, can increase both the quantity and quality of our topsoil. When we add vermicompost to our existing soil instead of using man-made fertilizers we enhance the soil in all the ways it needs. Also, other earthworms thrive in this enhanced soil and help maintain its quality.
Anyone Who Wants to Grow Their Food Organically
Vermicompost is far superior to conventional compost. It has nutrients that are 97% utilizable by your plants and the castings have a mucous coating which allows the nutrients to have a “time release” effect. Vermicompost is 100% organic, is produced on your own farm, at a much faster rate than hot composting. And without all the work of turning the compost piles to aerate them typically required with hot composting. This worm compost gives your organic crops the best fertilizer available.
Anyone Who Always Wanted to Compost But Never Had Enough Space
It is typically recommended that for effective hot composting you need a bin at least 3 feet by 3 feet. This is because it requires a large enough quantity of material to generate and maintain the heat needed. Therefore, to effectively hot compost you have to have a sizeable quantity of compostable material. And you have to have the space for the bin as well as additional space to turn the material for aeration. This would be near impossible to do indoors. And it also is often not allowed or at least undesirable in residential areas.
Worm Composting, on the other hand, can be done just about anywhere. It can be done easily indoors, as well as outdoors. We can compost with worms in a classroom, or even in a business office. It can be done in a simple plastic or rubber storage bin. Or it can be done in a more attractive commercially available stacking system. Probably the most efficient system for indoor use is a system like the Worm Inn or the Worm Inn Mega.
So, as you can see, almost everyone would benefit from composting with worms. The versatility, ease, and benefits make it an option for anyone, even someone living in a small apartment. Why not give it a try. With a pound of Red Wigglers, a container, and some knowledge you’ll have “black gold” before you know it.