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What Are the Benefits of Vermicomposting?

by Byron Berger
  • Overview

    Worms process organic waste.
    Redworms and other organisms break down non-meat wastes to create a rich fertilizer that can be used to amend vegetable gardens or potting soil in an environmentally friendly way.
  • Definition

    Vermicomposting refers to the processing that redworms and other organisms perform to transform organic waste into great natural fertilizer. This natural fertilizer is called vermicompost. Vermicompost comprises worm castings, good aerobic compost from other worm bin organisms and other waste.
  • Simplicity

    Vermicomposting is beneficial because it is easy to do. Just about anyone can do it. Find a simple box or make a basic container to house the worms and decomposing food. Keep the worm bin indoor or out, depending on your needs and preferences. Add non-meat food scraps as available.
  • Environment

    Vermicomposting benefits the environment because it keeps food scraps out of landfills and recycles nutrients that would otherwise be wasted.
  • Health

    Using vermicompost instead of artificial fertilizers filled with chemicals grows organic healthy fruits and vegetables.
    Vermicompost is great for fertilizing organic gardens.
  • Potting Soil

    Mixing vermicompost with coconut husk fiber, other compost and vermiculite in equal amounts creates a good potting soil.
    Vermicompost is a good component of potting soil.

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