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Vermicompost: Verm with the Worm! Part 1

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Is it time for you to vermicompost? VermiWHAT?  WHAT is that? No need to squirm, you’re about to learn…

Using worms to help break down household scrapes is one of the most efficient ways to recycle your organic waste. Not only will worms recycle your fruit and vegetable scraps, but they can also recycle your toilet paper rolls, newspaper, egg cartons, etc. Then transforming your household waste into a nutrient-rich compost (otherwise known as vermicompost) that you can add to your garden, lawn, and houseplants.

Do you tire of turning your compost every few days? Worms offer a fantastic alternative to regular composting. Of all the 7,000 types of worms, red wrigglers are considered the best for the job. This is because of their ability to eat half of their body weight per day. Two pounds of red wrigglers can easily recycle one pound of organic matter in a 24-hour period. That’s a lot of work! Resulting in nutrient-rich soil that helps in the growth, and even protection, of your other plants. Learn more about vermicompost in part 2, Verm with the Worm!

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*Original blog written by Rita Wilhelm; May 28, 2014

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