Do you have worms?

Some of my best friends have worms!

Now it's Sunday morning and you might be thinking what in the world is Jacque talking about... it sounds like her friends need to see a medical professional. So not to be confused, I'm talking about composting worms like red wigglers (Eisenia fetida) and redworms (Lumbricus rubellus).

kitchen scraps

I've been struggling with the idea of having worms in my house, and I know my mother might have a fit thinking about her lovely daughter feeding creepy crawlers in the her house, but I think it's time. We have a compost pile on our property, but I want to take it a step further and have worms. It's not like I have any other pets to take care these day, lol!

The great thing about composting with worms is that the compost actually doesn’t smell. The foul odor comes from rotting food that the worms haven’t eaten yet, so it's best to its best to feed worms once a week in small amounts. I'm thinking of moving this direction for two main reasons, reduce waste and produce fertilizer.

Composting is probably the most important step of reducing waste. About 80% of everything I threw away could be composted. If you are looking at your waste and carbon footprint I highly recommend some type of composting. Up to 40% of all food produced in the U.S. intended for consumption is not eaten, which equates to about 20 lbs. of food per person each month. Food that gets thrown out ends up in landfills, where it gradually rots and releases methane, a strong greenhouse gas.

Worm castings are such a powerful fertilizer that they are produced industrially and sold – and they don’t come cheap. One advantage of keeping your own worms is that you can produce as much of it as you need for free. Once a colony of worms is established, you just continue to feed them household waste, including fruit, vegetables, pasta, bread, coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells and even paper and cardboard. Once they’ve processed it, you can use the resulting castings as fertilizer. I plan on using the fertilizer for the gazillion of house plants we have.

If you would like to try out a worm bin yourself you can simply jump on amazon.com and type in worm composting bins. If you really want to have fun and make your own bins, I’ve also included a YouTube video of how to make your own bins out of plastic storage totes.

Worm Composting 101: How to Make & Use a Simple Worm Bin w/ Emily Murphy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_8DHVWFzTQ

Worm Composting 101: How to Make & Use a Simple Worm Bin w/ Emily Murphy

 

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