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Simply put, vermicomposting is composting with worms. In what might be called “standard” composting, plant scraps (leaves, fruits, vegetables, etc) and other plant-based items (cardboard, paper) are placed into a large outdoor bin, wetted with water, and turned every so often. In this type of composting, the reliance is upon tiny microbes and molds to consume the organic matter and turn it into a rich humus material, full of nutrients. While excellent, it is impossible to continue when the weather turns cold, as the compost will freeze and the microbes and molds will become dormant.
So what to do with all the fruits, vegetables, and compostable paper scraps during these cold months? Small countertop units are available, but the composting process is slow, and often the small bins just can’t handle much material. A wonderful alternative is to compost with worms. In vermicomposting, the worms do a great deal of the work, and produce a rich organic fertilizer in the process.
A “worm bin”, as they are commonly called, is a great place to put kitchen scraps, especially during the colder months. It is also a great way to make a very rich fertilizer, for both indoor and outdoor use (what a great way to add nutrients to your organic vegetable garden!)
Check out our page for information on starting up your own vermicomposting bin!
Vermicomposting (composting with worms)
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