30 Apr Vermicompost Worms
In June 2020, I built a two tiered worm bin and sourced a starter kit of Red Wiggler vermicomposting worms from Buckley’s Homestead Supply in Colorado Springs. Since then, we have been actively maintaining the worm bin with a combination of our kitchen scraps and paper materials. We keep the bin in the garage, and it has been amazing to witness how the worms turn our scraps into beautiful, dark, rich, vermicompost.
I used the vermicompost (worm castings) to fertilize my plants, as well as to start seeds. For fertilizing, I mix about half a cup of the castings with about a gallon of water. Then I water my plants with it. I sometimes also directly top dress the soil with the castings. There are many beneficial aspects of using vermicompost over other fertilizers.
A good worm bin will not reek or smell rotten. The key to making sure your worms stay healthy and your bin isn’t festering is to make sure you have a balance of nitrogen & carbon. The most easily accessible nitrogen sources being compostable paper products and dead leaves. Carbon would be any of the foods and kitchen scraps we eat. Anytime I throw in kitchen scraps, I also add a layer of scraps of paper egg cartons, brown packing paper, or newspaper. I rely on my nose to tell me when the balance is right. There will be a sweet fermenting food smell, not a dirty socks or dead fish smell. I’ve also read that eggshells play an important role in worm reproduction, so I always make sure to include that in our kitchen scraps.
If you are looking for a starter supply of composting worms, please reach out! I have been getting my kids involved and selling them for 20 worms for $1.00, local pickup only (Colorado Springs & Peyton area).
Want worms? Message Christine at email@example.com.