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The Dirty Truth About Composting With Worms

Composting with worms (a.k.a. vermicomposting) is truthfully a win-win situation. It will provide you a convenient way to dispose of your organic waste, such as vegetable peelings. It will save space in the county landfill, which is so beneficial for our environment. It also will give some worms a happy home and all the free eats that they desire. For those that have gardens or even potted plants, homegrown compost is the most beneficial way to feed and nurture all of your plants.

Vermiculture, which some advocates have dubbed the organic garbage disposal, recycles food waste into a rich, dark, healthy soil conditioner. You can purchase worms for your current compost bin or you can purchase a composter designed just for the worms!

And despite its reputation, worm composting does not need to be a smelly endeavor. When you take care to set things up correctly, your compost bin wont be stinky.

Vermicomposting is becoming more and more of a way to help our environment and reduce waste. The City of Oakland in California has a recycling program set up just for food waste. (It supplies the bin and you supply the organic waste.) The City of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada, supplies residents with worm bins and even has a hot-line you can call to find where to buy worms. Spokane, Washington constantly provided information on how to get started composting with worms to encourage residents to try this environmentally friendly way of disposing of their garbage.

Tip: With the right worm composting equipment turning table scraps into valuable vermicompost is a cinch!  It is important that you do not go out and dig out night crawlers that live in the soil by your home to populate your compost bin. Night crawlers tunnel through dirt to eat and survive and they are not able to live on vegetable waste. Instead, you need redworms  Eisenia foetida (also known as red wiggler, brandling or manure worm) and Lumbricus rubellus (manure worm).

If youve got the time and the access, you can also find a horse stable and pick out the worms from horse manure or ask a farmer to ransack his manure pile for worms. This sounds like and unpleasant way to gather your worms to me. If you look online you can find places to buy them. Another idea would be go to your local hardware store and ask if they have any in their composting area. Also if you have firends that compost them may have some extra for you. How ever you get your redworms is fine, just get started saving our happy earth.


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