A worm composting bin, or a vermicomposter, is a composting system that turns food waste into fertilizer. It’s fairly inexpensive and easy to maintain. More and more environmentally conscious homeowners have started collecting food scraps from vegetables, fruits, coffee grounds and bread, in food scrap containers to later recycle their rich organic waste with the aid of compost worms.
This is quite a clean and natural process if done correctly. When executed badly, your worm farm will start to release foul odors. Here’s how to take good care of your indoor worm composting bin.
What Can’t You Feed the Worm?
Worms can eat any organic matter that was once alive. While some food may harm worms by changing the pH levels of the soil, other foods may simply stink up the bin when put in.
To maintain a healthy composting bin, one of the first things you need to figure out is what not to put in it. We suggest you avoid feeding your worms meat, bone remains and processed foods.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, worms take longer to process woody items, so the outer layers of onions and stems of vegetables should also be avoided. Worms will eat thin pieces of paper; however, they cannot digest plastics and fabrics.
Knowing what to put in your composting bin goes a long way in helping you maintain it.
Stop Other Insects from Entering
The purpose of keeping your compost smelling fresh is two-fold. Firstly, it prevents foul odors, but more importantly, it doesn’t attract other insects. We strongly suggest that you check your compost to make sure flies aren’t breeding in it.
Keep the lid of your compost bin firmly shut at all times and make sure the air holes don’t allow any other critters to get in.
Draining Excess Liquid
It’s advised to drain the liquid that’s collected at the bottom of the compost. This will prevent your worms from drowning, and will also prevent foul smells.
While some people choose to scoop this up, we find that an easier way it to attach a tap to the bottom of the compost and turn it on to drain the liquid out.
Derived from worm castings, this liquid, or “worm tea” contains soil nutrients, which are highly beneficial for your plants.
According to a study by Oregon State University, the most suited worms for vermicomposting are red wigglers and red worms. Their anatomy, appetite and the digestive system make them ideal for composting. They thrive in a compost environment.
Making use of composting bins to get rid of food waste is a great way to help the environment. Not only are you finding a way to recycle your waste, but the fertilizer produced by the process is also great for plants.
Located in Lakeland, Georgia, we offer our clients the option to get the products shipped, or picked up locally. If you’re interested in buying worms, call us at 229-507-0203, or create an account to place orders.