Composting with Worms
Just what is Vermicomposting ?
Simply put Vermicomposting means
composting with worms instead of traditional composting in a compost pile or bin.
Vermicomposting worms and other micro-organisms break down organic matter, such as kitchen vegetable scraps, garden
waste, leaves, and animal manuere into odorless worm castings (worm manure) to carry out the composting
Not sure what composting means?
Composting is nature’s way of breaking
down all organic matter into highly nutrient rich soil. Organic matter includes plants, trees, vegetable, fruit,
animals, and even us!
Anything that was once alive will ultimately decompose and break down into fertilizer, food for plants, to be
reused by mother earth.
Vermicomposting worms are not common
earth worms; instead they are specialized breeds that thrive while living in colonies. The most common
are red wigglers, European night crawlers, and African night crawlers. See our Composting Worms page to learn all about various breeds.
Composting worms actually prefer to
make their home in decaying organic matter. As a vermicomposter we provide them a home in an indoor or outdoor worm
bin; we also provide them with trash food scraps, and bedding made of organic material like shredded paper or
As naturally occuring microbes eat
food it softens and breaks down into a soupy nutrient rich mush where microscopic organisms live. The worms eat
this slurry of microbes, bacteria, and bits of food. This beaks down food waste much quicker than conventional
In return our composting worms give us
worm castings; sometimes called "black gold." In reality its worm droppings, that’s right worm poop. Not to worry,
it's nearly odorless and is the finest fertilizer you can get for your plants, vegetables, and flowers.
Should I Vermicompost?
Vermicomposting makes a lot of sense
for many reasons and is often easier to do than regular composting.
1. Its ecofriendly- Food waste accounts
for about 30 percent of landfill material. Vermicomposting can reduce you household waste significantly and keep
tons of material out of the landfill.
2. Valuable Worm castings are all yours -
There's a reason worm castings are called black gold. Pound for pound Vermicompost worm castings are one of the
best fertilizers available. A 5 pound back fetches around $10.00.
3. It's environmentally safe -
Vermicomposting produces an all-natural fertilizer that lawns, vegetable gardens, and house plants absolutely
Brew some Worm Tea -
No you don't drink it. Worm tea is the liquid that collects in the bottom of your worm bin. Dilute it
with water and spray it on your lawn or house plants and watch them take off. Worm tea is also pretty
expensive to buy.
5. Raise your own Fishing Worms - Once
your red wigglers or night crawlers start to multiply your worm bin will have plenty of extra worms for fishing, or
for selling to anglers.
6. Soil Improvement - Vermicomposting
worm castings added to lawns, flower beds, vegetable garden beds, and potting soil enrich soil with vital nutrients
that help plants fight disease and grow strong.
some money - Once you get into vermicomposting don't be surprised if friends who fish want to buy yo ur worms; or
local gardeners want to buy your castings or worm tea.
Start a Business - There are many ways to make money with worms. You can raise fishing worms,
sell composting worms, and market worm castings. These are just a few ways to make money with a
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