Vermicomposting: If I can do it, you can do it!

By Araba Taylor | EcoFellow

I’ve never composted on my own before. Yes, my college had a separate bucket where we put our organic waste, but that was the end of my involvement in the process. So I promise, if I can do it – it’s not hard. I chose vermicomposting. My method is the easiest one I could find and I have lots of compost and lively worms, so it seems to be working. First, I looked for red wigglers, the go-to composting worms. This was easy for me since a relocating coworker offered me lots of worms in addition to a great home for them (check out findworms.com for a local source). The home was actually two stacked plastic bins with holes drilled in the top for breathing. I put them into a cozy corner in my basement.

Where they live

The worms like to eat veggies, egg shells, and paper. They aren’t a fan of dairy or oils and I don’t feed them meat because I don’t want rotting meat in my basement. It’s important to balance “greens” (organics) and “browns” (paper-substances) so that your bin will not smell or attract any extra pests. But really, what home doesn’t have extra newspaper, cardboard or egg cartons to spare? It’s also important to keep the bin moist but not soaking wet. This is the inside of my bin:

inside of compost bin

 

I feed them twice a week to let them eat and after a couple of months…

vermicompost

 which makes this

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There are so many benefits to vermicomposting. It’s an easy way to produce all-natural fertilizer for plants, to accelerate composting that you’re already doing, to produce less waste for land-fills, and it’s fun! Finally, it’s a great way to be conscious of your own consumption and waste. We’re all guilty of purchasing and throwing out more than we need to and this is good place to start.

There is lots of information available with more specifics on vermicomposting, so give it a quick google, and just remember that if I can do it, you can do it.

 

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