The Real Scoop on Vermicomposting


| 7/3/2018 3:21:00 PM



Vermicomposting is a composting process that uses earthworms, usually red wrigglers, and a mixture of decomposing food waste and paper bedding materials to produce vermicast—a fancy word for worm poop—and one of a plant’s favorite foods! It’s an amazing form of organic fertilizer that will produce wonderful results in your garden. 

Why Vermicomposting Is Right for Your Garden

Vermicompost is a water-soluble, nutrient-filled, bacteria-rich organic fertilizer and soil conditioner for your garden. I like to think of it as “black gold” because it’s extremely valuable in promoting healthy plant growth. The process is all-natural and works in tandem with Mother Nature, only in a controlled environment. Controlled, as in you control the critters. Earthworms run wild in nature and tend to come and go as they please. Wouldn’t it be great if you could maintain them as a captive audience, producing continuous and copious amounts of organic fertilizer free of charge? Sign me up!

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Worm Bins Are a Super Way to Help the Environment

Think of this as the ultimate in recycling for those fruits and vegetables you’re growing and consuming but can’t quite finish. Flowers and leaves can be included in the mix, even newspaper and similar materials you might be using around your home. Most anything you throw into a compost pile you can instead, feed to your earthworms. They’ll gobble it up and poop up a storm, leaving you piles of luscious vermicast.

As nature intended, this poop will be returned to the earth, infusing your plants with amazing energy and superb nutrients. You can purchase a specially-made worm bin from a supplier or build your own by recycling a couple of old plastic storage tubs.



Now I’ll confess, I’ve had my issues with vermicomposting. While I’d love to be “up to my elbows” in fabulous vermicast, scooping piles of the black gold for my garden use, I ended up cleaning out my bin due to failure.

Dianne Venetta
7/16/2018 6:58:22 AM

Thanks, Kathleen! I can't wait to get started again this fall, once the summer heat of Florida eases up. Happy gardening!


Kathleen
7/12/2018 3:20:45 PM

Love this article. I started doing vermicomposting several years ago in a two-tier compost bin, and I've found that once the set-up is established it's very low maintenance. I put in food scraps every few days and I harvest the 'liquid gold' about twice a year to put into the garden. Super easy with great results!