Do’s and Don’ts of Worm Composting
Using worm composting (Vermicomposting) allows you to turn your everyday kitchen scraps into rich, nutrient-filled soil that is perfect for growing your own organic vegetables and herbs. However, for many people, this can seem a little overwhelming at first. I mean, WORMS!?! Don’t worry, we put together this quick list of Do’s and Don’ts for your Garden Tower experience.
Worm Composting DO’s
DO use Red Wrigglers or Manure Worms
It might be tempting to use your everyday, run-of-the-mill, earthworm in your composter, but you need to watch out! Not all worms are created equal when it comes to transforming kitchen scraps into organic gold. Many worm varieties simply will not help your ecosystem. You can visit Cathy’s Composters for all kinds of great information about these little crawlers.
DO give your worms a nice bedding
When you first start your worm compost, it’s important that you provide a good bed to start your worms off. Most commonly, we just recommend that you use shredded newspaper that has been soaked in water, but you can also purchase pre-made bedding. It’s also important to include something gritty like sand or cornstarch to help your worms’ digestion.
DO follow the 2:1 ratio
Red wrigglers are hungry little buggers and they can eat quite a bit! We recommend starting with 1 pound of worms for every half pound of kitchen scraps a day. However, it’s important to remember that worms breed quickly (90 days to double population) so keep in mind that their needs will grow over time.
Worm Composting DON’TS
DON’T use meat or meat by-products
Although meat is sometimes included in composters, it is not a great fit when using worms. Not only will it attract flies and other critters, it often acts as a deterrent to the worms. Stick to scraps like veggies, fruit, coffee grounds, etc.
DON’T overfeed your worms
If you see that your worms are not completely consuming the scraps you’re giving them, you’ll have to cut back. Overfeeding the worms can lead to the development of different forms of bacteria that can destroy the balance of the ecosystem you are creating.
Vermicomposting is fun and exciting! Sure, you’ll probably make some mistakes at first, but you’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly. In a couple of weeks, you’ll be your own worm compost specialist!
I know this is just a brief overview of all the possible advice to give new composters, but I tried to avoid rambling! Feel free to add your favourite tidbit of information in the comments below, I’d love to hear them!