Composting: Vermicomposting Basics

 

What is vermicomposting?

Vermicomposting (composting using worms) creates a nutrient rich soil amendment using kitchen scraps, cardboard, newspaper, dried yard clippings and other organic material that would otherwise be tossed into the garbage.  Worms, with a little help from microbes, eat the organic waste and produce castings  (vermicompost, aka worm poop) that are used to enrich your planting soil.  Worm castings are often called “black gold” by farmers.  Add worm castings to your garden and watch your plants flourish.

How is vermicompost used?

Use worm castings in a 50/50 mixture of worm casting and planting mix to start seeds. Mix vermicompost with potting soil for a nutrient dense container planting mix.  Use it in your vegetable and flower beds.  Use it as a top dressing/fertilizer for existing plants.  You can use vermicompost to fertilize all your plants without worrying about measuring powders or liquids, using toxic chemicals, or possibly over-feeding your plants.

Ready to get started?

Here are the seven basic steps for starting and maintaining your worm bin.  Click on each step for more detailed instructions.

1.  Select a bin

2.  Gather material for bedding

3.  Order worms – coming soon

4.  Save organic waste – coming soon

5.  Start the worm bin – coming soon

6.  Feed worms and add bedding – coming soon

7.  Harvest compost – coming soon

 

Resources

Vermicomposting FAQ & Troubleshooting:

www.ecobuzzla.com/composting-vermicomposting-faq-troubleshooting

 

 

Books:

 

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