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Useful Tips for Getting Started with Vermicomposting at Home

Composting with worms or vermicomposting is an excellent way for composting scraps. There’s a growing interest in how to vermicompost. This article discusses about vermicomposting and gives tips for composting worms.

Vermicomposting

If you are wondering about the reason behind the increasing interest that people have been showing towards vermicomposting, here are some interesting facts. This growing interest is partially due to the great eagerness for green living, growing one’s own food, and other such things. It is also because almost everyone can make use of worm composting. Add to it the fact that you can even sell worms to those who need live baits, especially those who love to go fishing!

What is Vermicomposting?
Vermicomposting is a natural method to divert a part of the waste from the landfills and convert it into a resource that is rich in nutrients.

Well, to start with the process of vermicomposting with worms, first get a vermicomposting bin. A 3-bin vermi-composter is recommended for the purpose. Once you get it, the next thing is to get few red wiggler earthworms. Now, you are all set to make the compost. The bin will include a manual with guidelines on how to begin composting. Fundamentally, you have to perform 3 things so as to be successful.

Prepare the bin by integrating a bedding layer
Coco peat or coir is the bedding layer that has been known to be the most effective one. Shredded newspaper is also a good choice; however, just ensure to skip any kind of color prints or inserts. Dampen the bedding so that it is of a well wrung-out sponge’s consistency.

Adding Scraps
Now, it’s time to add the food scraps. Avoid scraps like fats, dairy, and meats as these can lead to problems by attracting rodents. The worms inside can eat all vegetable and food scraps, though few individuals have reported problem with garlic, onion, and citrus fruits. Cut these scraps into cubes of around two inches each and bury the food in the layer of bedding. As you add extra food scraps, ensure to bury them slightly away from the previous site. After the bin’s end is reached, you can get back to the site’s beginning. Continue doing this till the bin is 3/4th full. Later, keep a layer of shredded, moistened newspaper above and make your next bin.

Reap the worm castings
Once the bin is 3/4th full, cover it with a moistened shredded layer. Position the nest bin above and get it ready the same way as you did for the first. Don’t add scraps of food to this bin for some days since the worms have to consume all the food in the bottom bin. After you start to add food scraps to the next bin, these worms will make way to the second bin. Then, you can remove the bin at the bottom and also the castings so that you can use them in your potted plants or garden.

That’s it! You will get nutrient-rich, high quality soil improvement from your scraps. Proving the old proverb, the trash of one man is the treasure of another is true in this case.

On the Whole
The secret to worm composting lies in successfully providing your worms a good blend of food items to work on, including but not limited to fruits, vegetables, bread scraps, tea leaves, egg shells, and coffee grounds.

The area should also be kept ventilated well. You also have to keep an eye on them to ensure that you are not underfeeding or over-feeding them. You can get great worm compost this way.

Author Bio:
Aaron Barclay
is a social worker, whose hobby is to contribute his bit towards a greener world. He does all that is possible to save the environment right from making use of recycled products, and some handy vermicompost tips too.

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