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Vermicomposting in Garden Beds

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Vermicomposting in garden beds comes with different challenges.  You still do the same procedure except with the use of worm bin but this time, you do it directly in your garden beds.

The usual process would ask you to have worm bin where you will raise the worms until they excrete their wastes called compost.  This time, what you have to do first is dig holes in the garden bed.  However, you have to keep in mind that doing worm composting this way with the use of Red Wiggler worms isn’t as easy as the usual way.

Your first problem may be the temperature because you know very well that Red worms hate too hot and too cold places so you have to choose the best location.  Unlike worm bins, you cannot transfer the garden beds.  Remember that even if you do worm composting in garden beds, composting worms still have the same needs.

Once the holes are ready, put all the organic materials that you have.  You can use tea bags, coffee grounds, grass clippings, kitchen scraps (excluding oily ones), fruit peelings (except the acidic fruits like citrus) and other wastes.  As mentioned, vermicomposting in garden beds is like the usual process except with the absence of worm bins so still, you are not supposed to add meat, fish, bones, pet droppings, dairy products and other organic materials that were sprayed with insecticides or pesticides.

You may also worry about the artistic side of your garden especially if it’s a flower garden since the wastes are exposed.  Well, you can cover the garden bed with straw or coconut coir.  Dig or stir the compost pile using shovel to mix the materials and for sure, Red Wiggler worms will do their part.

Red Wiggler Worms for Garden

Monday, March 29th, 2010

red wiggler worms for your gardenYour garden wouldn’t look any better without organic fertilizer.  Aside from being chemical free, organic fertilizer also provides plants with nutrients that are really good for your family’s health.  Talking about organic, one way to have it as by vermicomposting through the use of Red Wiggler worms.

Red wiggler worms are very famous as composting worms.  The fact that they are voracious eaters of organic materials is already something.  They can consume as much as their body weight which means that the more they consume, the more wastes are converted to dark and nutrient-rich byproduct.  Red worms are also not choosy when it comes to food.  You can make them happy even with just your kitchen scraps and grass cuttings.  Just be careful in giving them foods that are with oil, insecticides or pesticides because it will surely lead to your worms’ death.  Also, be careful with your worm bin’s location because they only prefer moist environment.  A temperature of 50-80 degrees Fahrenheit would be perfect.

Another advantage that Red worms have is their ability to dig deeper into the soil.  They can burrow up to inches deep which makes the soil even more fertile.  It also improves the aeration of the soil.  When they have already produced their castings, the more that you can admire the characteristics of Red Wiggler worms.  Their waste is your benefit.  When those castings will be applied in your garden, your plants are sure to get the right nutrients.  In case you want the nutrients to be made available immediately, you can make a compost tea out of the castings and spray it directly to your plants.  This will help your plants’ water and nutrient holding capacity strengthened.  An organic fertilizer will also ensure that leeching is reduced so you will be worry free if you maximize the product of Red Wiggler worms.

So if you are really after a garden that is 100% healthy, raise Red Wiggler worms, do vermicomposting and enjoy the unlimited benefits of your vermicompost. The time and effort that you will invest will all come back to you abundantly.