Vermicomposting (Worm Composting) Basics
What is Vermicomposting?
Vermicompost (also called "worm compost") is the "scientific" name for compost produced from worms. Simply put, vermicomposting is about creating a living system whereby organic matter is digested by worms. The worm compost is the end product that consists of worm "castings" and bits of broken down organic matter.
Note: "worm castings" are the excrement produced when worms consume and break down organic matter.
Vermicompost (worm compost) is also sometimes called "Black Gold," as this homemade dirt is so good for your garden. Worm compost is nutrient rich and higher in nitrogen content than other traditional types of compost.
Why Make Vermicompost?
There are so many good reasons to make vermicompost (worm compost):
- Your garden will love it! You will get a higher yield, and larger, healthier plants.
- Vermicompost contains 4 times as much nitrogen as other types of compost.
- Worm composting is organic and all natural.
- Vermicomposting reduces insect damage and combats blight in your garden.
- Using worm compost in your garden helps the soil retain water and increase resistance to drought.
- Vermicomposting reduces your carbon footprint, by recycling waste naturally.
- Worm compost contains water soluble nutrients that work well as an organic fertilizer.
- After a very small investment (for set up), worm compost is free!
Note: the advice and information contained herein is based upon our experience and study. As with any advice, please apply at your own discretion.