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Solve your waste problems through Vermicomposting

Updated on August 2, 2016

What is Vermicomposting

Vermicomposting uses red wriggler worms in turning organic wastes into nutrient-filled compost (also known as worm manure or castings). These helpful worms have the necessary skills when it comes to plowing, aerating, hydrating, and fertilizing your soil and plant produce. They have also successfully made this process possible by feeding and turning organic materials (your kitchen scraps) into very high quality worm castings. The end result of this production turns into a valuable natural fertilizer; and can also be used as a conditioning agent for your soil. And to start with your own worm composting project, you can always find red worms for sale in several markets today.

Benefiting from your everyday kitchen waste

In our everyday lives, it is inevitable to see that you have used up so many organic materials in your kitchen, and not all of their parts are used for your cooking needs. There’s your potato skins, some rotten parts of your string beans, or even a sliced part of your cabbage head or tomatoes, just thrown off at the side. Although you have already thought of these as useless materials, this in turn can still be used in making a better waste disposal system. And this is where vermicomposting comes into the picture.

How to benefit from vermicomposting

When red worms feed on organic waste, they in turn, will provide you with a quality-made, natural fertilizer. But always make sure to provide them a comfortable surrounding where they can be best at work and for reproduction (make sure that you feed them properly as well). Take note that there are an array of choices for worm bins or containers to consider (made in materials like plastic, wood or rubber) in the market, as well as other materials used for worm composting (like shredded newspaper, moist peat moss, and other organic waste).

And if you’re into making your garden look more presentable, or into farming and planting crops, castings from red wigglers will definitely help in revitalizing your plants, and your soil. These worm composts are not harmful to your health (unlike other chemical-based fertilizers). These are in fact, odorless too. This process of vermicomposting can definitely lessen organic waste significantly, and can progressively help solve the problems landfills of waste. You can start solving this problem from your home.

Vermicomposting in India

India’s coffee farmers are being provided with financial support just as long as they are using eco-friendly equipment on their coffee farms. Now farmers who are using eco pulpers and worm castings beds have been prioritized more when it came to subsidy requests. Putting this into perspective, farmers who use worm humus on their coffee will certainly harvest chemical-free produce.

The value of worm compost in organic farming

Worm humus is an organic resource; and it is produced naturally by a select group of worms (red wigglers or European Nightcrawlers for instance). Now, these worms, along with a several other live microbes, make up the final composition of the compost. For more proof of its value in organic farms, the coffee farmers of India have proven the effectiveness of worm humus when applied as an organic fertilizer on their coffee. The worm humus itself helps to preserve the quality and health of the soil (enriching it further).

Worm compost as a soil amendment

You can use worms for composting to help you to produce a free garden resource. Now, other than its function as an organic fertilizer, castings from worms can also be used to amend the soil. So for farm beds that are of low quality, or eroded even, will benefit from a generous application of vermicast. Compost worms make it possible for their castings to be nutrient packed, as they acquire every available nutrient from the food that they eat.

What does the Colloidal Effect have to do with worm compost?

The use of worm compost on worn out soil can also help in improving its resistance to certain diseases. Furthermore, vermicompost also helps to improve the structure of the soil, enabling it to retain more moisture and nutrients into its system (allows for proper aeration and drainage). This is also what you call the colloidal effect. Now, the compost that is produced by the worms is able to retain at least 9 times its own weight in water. It can basically hold in moisture and nutrients for plant roots to take in, for as long as it is available.

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