Vermiculture: Indoor Composting and Organic Soil Improvement

 


Article by: Kenneth Point

Maybe you've never heard the term vermiculture, if so don't feel bad, many experienced gardeners are unfamiliar with this organic , 9-11 Changed Everything for the Garden Tractor Business practice. I think vermiculture is fascinating; simply put it's the process of composting kitchen , A Waste of Packaged Gold waste with earthworms. We're not talking about common night crawlers, but special varieties of worms such as red worms, and red wigglers.

Okay, I'll admit to owning an ant farm , Winterizing Your Roses when I was a kid, but this is so much more practical. Vermiculture, or vermicomposting as its also known is more like beekeeping; yes I've given that a try too. But just imagine for a second, you feed the worms your leftover garbage and kitchen , Halfway Through Summer - Are We Having Fun Yet scraps. The worms then quickly eat all those leftovers, sparing you the hassles of taking out the garbage.

And here's the best part, while the composting worms are disposing of your garbage, they're also producing a terrific organic , Tips for Buying Plants Online fertilizer and soil , How to Clone with Success conditioner called earthworm castings. Well, okay"¦ the term earthworm casting is just a nice name for earthworm excrement. I don't know who thought up the name earthworm castings, but I guess it makes sense if you think it through.

You may have seen worm castings for sale at your local garden , ing Sentiments center and didn't realize what you were dealing with, but now you know. Don't worry, earthworm castings are clean, odorless, and sterile"¦ trust me on this one. You don't need gloves or a shovel to handle them, and they are wonderful for improving your soil , Fall Garden Planning - Garden Plans for Next Spring and Ordering by Mail quality and for promoting the growth and health of all your plants. , 'Northern Encore' Tree Rose

So you can purchase bags of earthworm castings to use around the garden , How to Clone with Success or if you're a little more adventurous you can set up an "earthworm farm"¬Ě and produce your own. The farm , Replacing Tree Blossoms with Hanging Baskets is actually just a worm bin that can be set up indoors , A Waste of Packaged Gold or outdoors , Is Your Fertilizer Poisoning You? depending on the climate. , Patio Awnings Add Space to Your Living Area

Vermicomposting isn't complicated, but the worms are living creatures, and have certain requirements. For example they don't tolerate extremely hot , Replacing Tree Blossoms with Hanging Baskets living conditions, and they also won't survive freezing. The worms are pretty healthy , Decorate Your House With Specialty Trees eaters, so while eggshells are fine, don't try slipping any meat, fats, or greasy foods , Patio Awnings Add Space to Your Living Area into their diet.

If this sounds a little like having a pet, well it is. Not terribly demanding, but they do require a little of your attention to make sure that things run smoothly. In exchange they'll be hard at work performing their community service to save , Patio Awnings Add Space to Your Living Area the environment , Reasons to Garden Organically and to help you grow , Gardening Sentiments a better garden. , Flowering Cherries

Kids love vermicomposting and some schools even include vermiculture as part of the curriculum. For those of you wishing that they had grown up with a worm bin instead of that ant farm, , New Uses For Old Plants it's not too late to try one out. You can find plans , Halfway Through Summer - Are We Having Fun Yet for building , Natural Pond Filters - Let Nature Do the Hard Work! homemade bins or you can purchase fancy multi-level bins over the Internet. , The Old Faithful - Case Tractors And unlike those ant farms, , The Garden in Winter you can have these bins delivered complete with the composting worms.

If you're up for the challenge and interested in recycling your family's kitchen , Halfway Through Summer - Are We Having Fun Yet waste into a valuable fertilizer and soil , Lawn Maintenance conditioner, try your hand at vermiculture. During long winters, , Indoor Waterfalls it may even help to pass the time until you can get back out into the garden. , 'Northern Encore' Tree Rose
Kenneth Point publishes a monthly gardening , Is Your Fertilizer Poisoning You? newsletter and is the author of the "Amazing Secrets to Growing , Cordless Blowers Luscious Fruits , Patio Awnings Add Space to Your Living Area and Vegetables , Wild Flower Garden - Make Amends...Your Plants Will Love It at Home. , Decorate Your House With Specialty Trees "¬Ě For free gardening , Properly Watering Hillside and Sloped Landscaping tips and information , Ants! - 1,000,000,000,000,000 Invaders! visit his website at http://veggiegardeningtips.com

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