Worms: Not Just for Fishing

Have you heard about worm composting? If not, here’s a primer. 

Whether you only know about composting from your sixth-grade science class or you’re an avid composter at your home, you’ve no doubt heard about the benefits and basics of composting.  It’s is a great way to divert food waste from the landfill and an excellent source of nutrient-dense fertilizer for your garden.

Now, let’s talk about worms. In addition to helping you reel in the big one out on the lake,  worms are also handy in the garden. As they burrow throughout the soil, they mix organic matter into the dirt while also helping with aeration and filtration. 

Now, friends, when we combine worms with composting, we get – you guessed it – worm composting! (The fancy-schmancy term is “vermicomposting.”)

Adding worms to your composting creates an ideal situation – especially for gardeners. When you introduce worms to your compost bin, it is like dropping them into a smorgasbord. As they chomp away, your compost decomposes at a quicker rate. A specific species of Red Wigglers can really chow down. Two pounds of this type of worm can take down a pound of compost in about 24 hours… like a bunch of linebackers at an all-you-can-eat buffet. 

Here’s an additional benefit: worms poop! Their waste becomes super-rich compost that adds more nutrients to your garden and flower beds. This type of fertilizer is one of the most nutrient-dense and cost-effective options available.

This is one of those rare occasions when “having worms” is a good thing! 

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