Vermicomposting: 3 Big Advantages
Many people think vermicomposting is just another buzz word but this art has been around for longer than you might think and has many hidden advantages over traditional composting as well as synthetic fertilizers. Vermicomposting is the process by which gardeners use worms to break down organic waste such as kitchen scraps, leaves, grass cuttings, etc. So what are some advantages of making your own worm compost? Well, there are a ton of different ones, but here are three big ones that we think stand out:
Vermicomposting is an organic process
Vermicomposting is a 100% natural process that allows gardeners to take advantage of the benefits of using nutrient rich soil without having to rely on chemical products that can be harmful for their health. Breaking down organic waste is literally one of the most important processes in the natural food chain and vermicomposting is just taking advantage of what nature has to offer!
Plants grow faster and healthier
It’s proven that plants that abide in soil rich in nutrients grow faster and healthier than their counterparts. Using a vermicomposter allows you to transform your regular kitchen scraps into such a soil without any additional products or work. In fact, vermicompost can contain up to 5 times the plant nutrients of the average potting mix!
Better Water Retention
Vermicompost provides you with a soil that can retain enormously more water than your typical soil (1103 grams per kg VS 361)! This is fantastic news not only for gardeners that live in dryer climates, but also for those who do not want to constantly have to water their gardens.
The Garden Tower
The entire central pillar of the Garden Tower is a built-in vermicomposting system! All you need to do is add your worms (red wrigglers or Canadian night crawlers) and keep them fed with vegetable scraps from your kitchen. We’ll be putting out a quick blog soon explaining the exact ratios for your Tower, but for now a good guideline to remember is that most worms will eat at least half of their weight a day in organic waste! For more information about vermicomposting, check out Cathy’s Crawly Composters.
Have you ever tried using worms for composting? If so, what are your feelings towards this process?