How To Make A Wormery For Garden Compost

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Typical store bought wormery design.

Many gardeners know all about creating good compost for the garden, but perhaps not so many know how to make a wormery for garden compost. The fact is though that worms make fantastic garden compost. Vermicomposting, as it is called, is simply another form of recycling or converting waste vegetable or organic matter into composting material for the garden. Instead of piling all your organic waste onto the composting heap, you can build a vermicomposter (or buy oneOpens in a new tab.) that allow worms to feed on and break up the organic matter, producing compost that is rich in nutrients.

As this articleOpens in a new tab. explains, there is a big difference in the overall nutrients produced by a composter, when compared against the normal composting of vegetation through decomposition.

How To Make A Wormery For Garden Compost

Vermicompost is higher in nitrates, which are more accessible to plants as a nitrogen source than the ammonium found in conventional compost. And the potassium, phosphorus, sulfur and magnesium in vermicompost is more readily available to plants based on transformations of the compost material that occur in the redworm’s gut.

There are many types of vermicomposting kits on the market today, however with just a bit of knowledge of DIY it is fairly easy to knock one up, that will be quite sufficient in building your own vermicompost.

With the rise in public awareness, as to the issues surrounding renewable or sustainable energy, and the keenness to be involved in some way with regard to helping the environment; it is fair to say that vermicomposting can take it’s place besides traditional composting methods. It is a great way to get dispose of fruit or food scraps for the kitchen, which otherwise may encourage vermin on the compost heap, while at the same time grow nutrient rich compost for the vegetable patch.

Read the full article on vermicomposting hereOpens in a new tab.


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