How to make a worm composting system
WHY would you do such a strange thing??
•Vermiculture or worm composting is a rapid composting system
•Responsible, easy RECYCLING of organic household waste, apparently by using a composting system to get rid of our organic waste, we can reduce the amount of rubbish (per person) that goes to landfill, by 50%, i think that is pretty incredible!
•Each worm can convert its own weight of waste into compost each day
•Produces high quality compost
To make your composting system You will need:
•Worms (you can buy worms, but personally i like to have a little dig for them myself, or you can leave the bottom tyre open to the soil, and they will find their own way in)
•A sheltered spot (e.g. corner of a garden)
•4 used tyres (which you can pick up for free from a local car workshop, there are always plenty of used , leftovers which we can make use of)
•Drainage material (pebbles)
•A bucket of good quality Compost
•And last but not least a lid!
working from the bottom up, this diagram explains the set up,layout, contents and layout of the worm composting system!
What can i feed my Worms?
Most organic household waste
e.g. plate scrapings, tissues, vegetable peelings, straw,bones, hair (from your hair brush or pets hair), the hoover bag contents(excluding plastic bits and metal bits, and pennies or even pounds, if you should be so lucky, that may be hanging about in the hoover bag),paper scraps,newspapers, your torn up bank statements, material or fabric off cuts.
all of these wonderful things you can feed your worms! which is excellent, but do be careful not to feed them too much of one thing, e.g. loading up your worm's house with straw will cause problems, with the speed of decomposition, just be careful and add things to your compost system thoughtfully. it may look very full sometimes, but a week or two later, it will have sunk down, as the worms begin to do their job of munching and converting your waste into wonderful compost.
•What to avoid feeding your worms
Avoid excessive citrus fruit peelings
Avoid adding excessive amounts of meat
The vegetable to meat ratio is about 70 /30
Your Worm Compost!!
the end product of your worm composting system, is not just a large population of very happy worms, but also a great deal of nutrient rich incredibly good compost, which should be dark in colour and earthy smelling.
i have a 3 tyre stack in my back garden in a 5 person household, we have emptied our compost system around twice a year, depending on the temperature (warmth increases decomposition speed, so summer is the best season for your compost).
to empty the system and get the compost onto your garden, move the bottom tyre out, and empty the most decomposed and rich composted goodness onto your vegetable garden, flower garden or wherever you feel it will work its magic, when the tyre has been emptied we put it right back on top of the stack. it really is an efficient easy system to use!
Why it was A GOOD IDEA to invite these worms into your home?
•Worms can be highly beneficial members of the house hold
•worms are highly efficient, and we can benefit from them greatly, using them to help reduce our food wastage
•They also can provide us with large amounts of wonderful nutrient rich compost
Happy composting !!
feel free to ask me any question about your worms and their new home and i shall do my best to answer them! and if i cant i will research the answers especially for you! how does that sound?