Worms, worms, worms!
August 22, 2013
Author: Neighborhood Farm Initiative
Category: General News Growing Knowledge
|GEP instructor Joe shows off the worms feeding off scraps under a layer of coffee filter.|
My somewhat smelly, often chunky “lazy compost” was absolutely no comparison to the fine, odorless worm dirt! When Joe told us how much more nutrient-rich worm castings were than regular compost, and how they release the nutrients in a slow, balanced way, I was totally sold.
I went home that same day and began to research red wigglers, the most common type of worm used for vermicomposting. I purchased two pounds of them on a “Summer Sale” at nearly half price, and they arrived in my home last night. I was so excited to put them in their new home of peat moss bedding, and I can’t wait to start feeding them food scraps.
The worms can eat up to half their body weight in a day, which means that my household should be feeding them a pound of scraps per day. In two or three months, I should have some castings to add to the new garden. And in three months, the worms should double their population, meaning I can start new bins or give some away to friends!
So, my advice to those of you who are interested in vermicomposting… hesitate no longer! Do a little reading, get a bin, some peat moss, and some worms, and get started. Your veggies or flowers will thank you!
Jenn Svetlik is a member of NFI’s Garden Education Program for the 2013 season. She’ll be reflecting on the experience throughout the summer.