What is Vermicomposting?: An Introduction

Updated: Feb 13, 2019

Jessica Panicola

If you're new to the world of composting, it's normal to have a lot of questions. After all, who knew that throwing your food away could be so complex? If you want to be successful at composting the first time around, then you'll need to get familiar with a few key terms, one of the most important being "Vermicomposting."

Try saying that three times fast!

What is Vermicomposting?

So, let's get right into it. Vermicomposting is a process where worms break down decaying organic material - which would be your compost and soil - along with other bedding material, into something called a "vermicast." Simply put, a vermicast is a nice way of saying "worm poop."

But, not just any worm poop.

This worm poop - or, vermicast - has many essential nutrients for plants to grow strong and healthy. It's basically the bee's knees of soil!

By starting your journey towards living a zero waste lifestyle, you will be directly contributing the vermicomposting process, which will all take place within your Compottery ecosystem. these worms will be having some party to celebrate!

Why Are Worms Necessary for Vermicomposting?

When somebody says "worms" it's normal to have a rather cringe-worthy reaction, especially when you think about the idea of these worms living in your home. But they stay in their bin and cause no trouble. you won't even have to look at them if you don't Want to.

Either way, worms are necessary for vermicomposting, and there's no other critter that can take on the job. because of the worms, the composting process happening inside your Compottery will occur that much faster.

unlike a more traditional method of composting - hot composting (a method of composting that breaks down a compost pile over a period of time) - vermicomposting is quick, simple, and it produces a richer soil in the end.

Basically, that's a lot less time you'll have to wait to see the results of your compottery!

What Kind of Worms are They?

If you're going to be willingly inviting worms into your midst, you might want to know what kind of worms you'll be dealing with. In your compottery, you won't be seeing the kinds of worms you can just dig up in your backyard. Instead, These are worms with a single fighting purpose. and, that purpose is to break down decaying organic material.

if you want to impress your friends when they ask you more about compotterty and the new roommates you have living inside, you can tell them that The worms' scientific name is "Eisenia fetida", but, that they are more commonly known as "composting worms," "red worms," or "red wigglers."

Or, you can just name your worms - bob, jane, joe, cathy. Whatever works for you!

What Food Do The Worms Eat?

You can think of your red worms as vegetarians. Of course, if you are a vegetarian, than you'll have many more edible scraps for composting that you can give to your worms. Red wigglers eat:

  • Fruits and Veggies- with some exceptions. For instance, Citrus isn’t supposed to be fed to the worms, though, you can feed them orange pulp from a juicer, and they always eat it. However, do not feed the worms orange peels, avocado peels, or potato skins because they won’t eat it and it will just sit in the bin untouched.

  • Pasta and grains- Feed them pasta and grains in moderation. This includes bread an rice. interestingly enough, These foods will also develop mold faster than fruits and veggies, so, if you add this to your worm bin, be careful that you don’t give them too much. just like you and me, portion sizes are important when it comes to carbs!

  • Meat and dairy- Never feed worms meat or dairy. Worms don’t like this and it will make your home smell bad. it may even attract some uninvited guests to your compottery if you keep it outside.

  • Solids and semi-solids - avoid giving the worms anything too liquidy.

Compottery is a sustainable vermicomposting tool you can easily put anywhere in your home. to learn more, contact Jessica today!

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