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8 Ways to Compost

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Vermicomposting

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.

Image credit: jarsyl / Flickr

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4:42AM PST on Feb 18, 2014

thank you

8:50PM PST on Feb 16, 2014

Very informative. Especially the part about peeing on compost.

8:59PM PDT on Sep 15, 2013

always something to learn.......

8:57AM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

Thank you, AWESOME ARTICLE; I did not know all of these.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/80-items-you-can-compost.html#ixzz2bri61IGf

8:06AM PDT on Aug 4, 2013

Thanks 4 the suggestions.

7:18AM PDT on Aug 4, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

10:52PM PDT on Aug 3, 2013

Thanks for the tips.

4:16AM PDT on Jul 12, 2013

Is it eco-friendly?

7:05PM PDT on May 21, 2013

compost everything, and share the some of the worms with my neighbor's chickens

11:40AM PST on Feb 2, 2013

growing up, we had a large garden and every fall my dad and brothers would collect the curbside bagged leaves and dump them on the garden to compost over the winter. in the spring, they were plowed in. we had the richest garden soil around. no fertilizer required.

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