Worm composting, or vermicomposting, is a much touted solution for indoor composting, or those with little space. Commercially available worm composters can be purchased from garden stores, or online, or a simple system like the one pictured can be built using a few plastic tubs, and some newspaper.
Besides creating a faster composting process than cold composting, and needing much less space than hot composting, some research suggests that worm compost may help prevent plant diseases due to the beneficial microorganisms it contains. In fact, large-scale commercial composters are increasingly exploring worm composting too.
When Chris is not managing hot compost heaps at his community garden, he composts his own waste in a DIY worm composter: “The worm bin could not be any easier. I made a really basic setup using two nested plastic tubs and the worms love eating some of my kitchen waste, like apple cores, carrot tops, veggie peels, etc. Everyone should do this to reduce the amount of trash that rots in the landfills.”
Check out this instructional video if you want to build your own worm bin.
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