Backyard Vermicomposting Essentials

Vermicompting essentials


Now Vermicomposting is a type of composting in which certain species of worms are used to enhance the process of organic waste conversion and produce a better end-product. It is the process of using worms and micro-organisms to turn kitchen waste into a black, earthy-smelling, nutrient-rich humus. Small-scale vermicomposting is well-suited to turn kitchen waste into high-quality soil amendments, where space is limited. It is easy to do and set up in either wooden or plastic worm boxes appropriate to your given situation.

Although some studies showed that the worms can be alive in some higher or lower pHs, the recommended pH for vermicomposting is around 6-7. You want to be sure to get composting done at a faster rate and have rich, dark soil? Then vermicomposting is right for you.

Red wigglers

Red wigglers are considered by many to be the best compost worms and are recommended by most vermicomposting experts. This because they have some of the best appetites and breed very quickly. Adult red wigglers are characterized by the formation of their bulbous clitellum. They are hermaphroditic but not parthenogenic. Although Red Wigglers are considered surface or shallow dwellers they will want to move away from light.

Red Wigglers are the best composting worm you can use in any composting system. They will eat up to their body weight daily in optimum conditions. The wigglers are the KINGS of composters, and are the most commonly used worms for Vermiculture and Vermicomposting in the world. They are also one of the most popular worms for excreting worm castings.

Worm castings

Worm castings are top of the line in the world of composting. These castings are the richest natural fertilizer known to humans and are known for their ability to replenish the soil with essential nutrients. They also provide a defense against disease. The castings are tiny, roughly elliptical worm manure particles loaded with beneficial soil microbes capable of re-booting the soil food web. Worm castings are ideal for houseplants and around the garden, because they are completely odor-free and easy to apply. They are also packed with minerals that are essential for plant growth. Such as concentrated nitrates, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and calcium. Worm castings are non-toxic and do not require any special care and handling. Understanding the vermiculture process makes it clear why worm castings are approved for use by all Organic Certification organizations.

Tumbling composters

A Tumbling Composter is very affordable. It is a great product option if you are shopping on a budget. The tumbling composter is great for those with back problems or who have other difficulties when it comes to turning traditional compost heaps and bins by making compost aeration quick and easy. This type of composter is more dependant on constant aeration to keep it active. A tumbling composter is perfect for those with smaller gardens or who struggle to aerate traditional compost bins. Using a tumbling composter is a great way to produce your own nutrient rich compost. This will enhance your plants growth and help your garden fulfil its maximum potential.