Any gardener who knows his craft knows the importance of soil quality. Soil health bears heavy influence on whether plants grow as green as they can or become a stunted thing as if autumn came early. Commercial fertilisers advertise their potency to deliver incredible growth rates in plants but are also often scrutinised due to some harmful ingredients mixed in them (like petroleum products).
Compost plays a large part in giving the soil the nutrients it needs to support plant life, but without the unsafe properties. Traditional composting can prove time-consuming though, as it requires significant amounts of organic material, and then “cooked” in piles.
Vermicomposting, on the other hand, produces the same results but is doable on a smaller scale. In fact, households would do well to adopt vermicomposting for a more convenient production of soil boosters in their garden.
Vermicomposting is using worm waste to create compost. The process happens in what’s called a worm bin, which is where actual worms are fed food scraps and waste, producing valuable compost. The size of the bin depends on the food waste generated by your family.
Certain red worm species are considered the ideal composting ingredient. You can also look up other worm species online to find out which one works best or is most accessible for your vermicomposting project. The process works well indoors, as it does not require excess heat.
Getting rid of food waste is so productive with vermicomposting, Naturalflow even says you can integrate it as part of your wastewater treatment system. It can work by installing a larger worm in the treatment system, eating food scraps and other kitchen waste and then funnelled towards the garden.
Despite their creepy-crawly nature, worms have an incredible capability to help your garden thrive and eliminate food waste at the same time. If you have doubts on that heavily-advertised fertiliser or too busy for traditional compost, give vermicomposting a try.