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Worm Composting: Nature's Little Helpers

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When you see a worm, what do you think about? Do you think that it is a good day for fishing? Or are you disgusted and run the away? How about composting? Worm composting is an easy but productive way to get the most out of your rubbish.

Worm composting is using worms to transform table scraps and kitchen leavings to valuable soil, vericompost, castings, or vericast. This is achieved by worms eating the compost ingredients, passing it through their body, their digestive process takes a few nutrients and then it passes the rest of the materials out the tail as compost. This valuable worm compost material can be added directly to your garden or add it to your other compost and enhance the nutrient content. The vegetable and fruit peelings have a high nutrient content and the worms love to eat them, so why not feed the worms your garbage and let them produce some high quality soil. This soil will help you grow more vegetables and fruits.

Having a worm composting farm can be an easy way to help your garden. The little wigglers take little maintenance. They are going to eat what you were going to throw away anyways. A couple things you will need are:

• A container – This can be made of plastic, wood, or glass; it is up to you. The container does not need to be as deep as it needs to be long because worms only live in the first six inches of the soil. A cover for the bin that allows for little light but air is important too. Make sure you make holes in the bottom of the container for drainage – you do not want to drown your new investment. The container is considered to be the heart of worm composting.

• Worm bedding – You do not need to tuck your worms in but they do need suitable materials to live in. Moist paper strips are the best materials to use. You can rip newspapers but another good idea is shredded paper. If you have a paper shredder or know someone who works in an office then your worms will make great use of it all; just be sure there are not staples or plastics in the mix.

• Worms – You need the star attraction. You can go to your local farm store or search online for your best option to get this process going. Worms are considered to be the soul of worm composting.

Worms are hard workers. They work around the clock by putting the garbage through the front and disposing nutritious soil out the back. Why not let your garbage work for you with worm composting.



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