Vermicomposting - Worm Composters For Eco-Friendly Waste
Disposal and Recycling
By Mark Falco
Worms are not only the gardener's best friend, they are also the
recycler's new found best friend as well. Nature's little waste
disposal experts have found a new place in eco-conscious household's
across the globe as more and more people are catching on to the
idea of using worms' special talents to dispose of their organic
household waste. If you have ever pondered on the idea or are
in the least bit interested in giving your world environment a
helping hand then you might like to delve a little deeper into
the world of worms...
It is estimated around 30% of all household waste
is the kind of organic material which worms thrive on. If everyone
composted in this way there would be 30% less waste going into landfill
sites, 30% less waste being transported on the roads with all the
associated fuel emissions which coincides with this and subsequently
less costs involved in the disposal of waste. In addition, you as
a householder get a free source of fertiliser and liquid plant feed,
cutting down on the use of chemical fertilisers and saving you money
into the bargain. Vermicomposting makes sense!
How Does It Work?
Worms are like nature's garbage men, honing their
waste devouring skills over the millenia to produce the perfect
organic waste disposal system. They live all their lives just under
the topsoil dragging down dead organic matter from the surface to
be recycled and a wormery just harnesses this natural recycling
system and puts it to good use on your kitchen waste. Once set up,
a wormery is very easy to use and pretty much free of hassle. Just
lift the lid, drop in your kitchen scraps and reap the rewards of
free liquid fertiliser and plant feed later.
Where Do I Get A Wormery?
A typical wormery is a simple plastic bin divided
into sections with a tap at the bottom to drain off the 'worm tea'.
There are a few places on the internet which give you instructions
on how to make your own at minimal cost but a shop bought wormery
is a lot less hassle and more effective in the long run.
What Can I Dispose Of This Way?
Pretty much all your kitchen waste can be tossed into
your wormery and the worms will dispose of it. This includes small
amounts of meat and fish, vegetable scraps and peelings and even
coffee grinds, paper towels and newspaper in small quantities. It
is however best to mimimise the amount of pungent foods you add
like garlic, onions, citrus peel and chillis and dairy products
and animal droppings are best disposed of elsewhere. Garden clippings
and cuttings should be composted.
Where Can I Put A Wormery?
Anywhere you like. Inside, outside, worms are pretty
adaptable. A popular location is to place your worm composter just
outside your kitchen door which leaves it easily accessible for
quick disposal of your kitchen scraps without you having to share
your home with them. If you have a decent wormery then escaping
worms shouldn't be a huge problem.
Does It Smell?
Composting worms devour as much as half their body
weight every day so you should find your kitchen scraps disappearing
before they get a chance to smell unless you over-load it. The worm
casts and liquid deposits themselves do not produce an unpleasant
odour and many wormeries come with lids and filter to reduce odour
Why Not Just Get A Compost Heap?
Why not get both? Worms devour waste which you should
not add to a compost heap like meat scraps whilst a compost heap
is perfect for disposing of garden waste. Wormeries are also a great
way to get children involved with recycling.
Mark Falco is the owner of the British gardening shopping
http://www.ukgardeningsupplies.co.uk where you can find low
prices on composters, wormeries and garden accessories available
to buy online from top UK online garden stores.