There are many ways to compost vegetable scraps and other food waste at home or at work. A standard compost pile works for many people. Also many municipalities collect organic waste in a separate bin. Reasons to use composting worms instead of other means include:
Worm composting provides a pleasant home solution for coping with green waste. When done properly it has no odor, whereas a regular organics bin can ripen to the point where it is unpleasant.
- Using red wiggler worms in a compost system speeds up the composting process.
- No shoveling or turning is required in a worm bin — the worms do the work for you!
Worm castings produced are an organic, natural fertilizer for plants that outperforms regular compost.
- Worm castings provide garden plants with improved resistance to insects.
Composting worms (red wigglers) are hardier and reproduce more quickly than common earthworms or nightcrawlers that people may already have in their gardens.
It is encouraging to note that improved crop performance is often optimized by using a soil mix containing 20% vermicompost with your regular potting mix or garden soil! Extensive scientific research has been done on this topic. Further information is here: Research supporting use of worm castings for growing plants. For information on how to set up a worm composting system, go to the Getting Started page.