Sunday, April 18, 2010

I have Worms!

I'm so excited. I have worms for vermiculture or worm composting. For you suburban gals composting your table scraps, some paper and coffee grounds would be easy and not a big deal. However, if you live in the city and have no yard, composting is nearly impossible. Unless you use worms!

I've wanted to do this for years. My first house didn't have a basement or warm garage so no way for a worm composter. My second house things were a little crazy. But in this condo I have a basement that is warm enough for the worms.

My brother had been doing this for awhile and his worm colony had become too large so he split it into 3. One for him to keep, one for me and one for his Sister-in-law. He's spreading the worm love.

The worms are kept in two stacking large totes with holes in the top and bottom of the top tote. You feed them paper, egg shells, coffee grounds, banana peels and all sorts of table scraps (except meat and dairy - you don't want to attract the wrong type of critters). They eat it and poop out a wonderful fertilizer called castings, which kind of looks like dirt. I'll use it for my house plants. The castings and other stuff produces a liquid in the bottom tote called tea that is a high powered liquid fertilizer. This is good stuff! My plants will be so happy.

The worms don't smell, don't attract bugs or fly's, won't escape their box, require only a small amount of work, are good for the environment and just kind of fun to have around. Composting whether it's with worms or in a bin outside and recycling is just good earth stewardship.

For more information on how to compost with worms go here.

1 comment:

  1. That great! Good for you for making it work even in a condo!

    Let us know how it goes!


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