Why Not Try a Worm Composting Bin?
Worm composting or vermicomposting has been gaining in popularity in part because of the ease of set up and maintenance thanks to the development of the modern worm composting bin.
A worm bin is easy to set up and maintain and takes up only about two square feet of floor space. Your worm farm can be located indoors or out.
If you are new to vermicomposting, or even if you already familiar with making compost in your backyard, there are some very good reasons to take a serious look at a worm composting bin.
A Worm Composting Bin Fits Anywhere
Because of their small footprint you can keep a worm farm in a closet, on a patio or deck, in a car port, basement or virtually any unused space. The only caveat is to keep them from freezing and from getting too hot so the red wigglers inside can do their job. Worm composting bins should be kept between 40° and 80°F.
So if you are a city dweller in an apartment or condo setting up a worm bin can provide you with a rich source of fertilizer for your houseplants. Many people even keep their worm composters in their kitchens.
You Can Make Compost Year Round By Vermicomposting
Many people who are backyard composters are also taking up vermiculture. There are several reasons why. For one thing a worm bin can supply a year round supply of worm castings and also worm tea for watering and feeding plants.
Worm Composting Makes The Best Compost
Worm composting also produces a superior product compared to conventional backyard compost. In fact worm compost products and vermicompost are showing up commercially in many garden supply centers and they are expensive. Why pay for something you can make for free?
Worm bins create compost aerobically and without the heat or odors of standard composting methods. As a result worm compost contains far more micro organisms. Vermicomposting also locks in more nutrients and because the compost is moist, nutrients are more readily available to plants.
If you are not composting at all then setting up a worm bin is an excellent way to start, regardless of your living situation.
Kitchen waste makes up about 30% of our landfills. As these become full and establishing new ones becomes more difficult. Composting and recycling is now more important than ever. Even if you are not interested in saving the environment a worm composting bin can give you better healthier plants and save you money on fertilizer.
There are basically two ways to get started worm composting. You can build your own worm bin or you can buy one. You can make one from just about any shallow rectangular container with a lid. There are many articles and videos on how to build your own worm farm.
Most homemade worm composting bins lack two essential elements however. They are not stackable or do not stack tightly enough and they don’t offer an easy way to separate the worms from the finished product. If you are an avid do it yourselfer you might want to give this a try although in the end after considering your time and material costs you may find you really didn’t save much money.
Most people will be happier buying a worm composter designed for that specific purpose. These worm farms, like the Can O Worms or the Worm Factory 360 will provide you with the easiest and lowest maintenance.
They have proper aeration and drainage. They are compact and stackable which allows more red wiggler worms to be kept and increases the amount of compost you can make in a given area.
They will provide a spigot to draw off worm tea. The trays are able to be rotated. As the red worms feed they will move up through the trays towards the top, leaving finished worm compost behind in the lower trays.
Whatever path you choose to take I encourage you to take a serious look at setting up a worm bin and start enjoying the benefits owning a worm composting bin offers both to your plants and to our environment.
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