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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.