Worm Composting

Worm Composting

Making worm compost is quite different and more akin to keeping pets. The wastes need dividing finely and are added a little at a time to a large container containing red brandling worms. You don’t have to buy these, but unearth them from a compost heap or from under a plank or carpet laid on the ground. The worms need to be put in a layer of moist peat or leafmould in the bottom of the container and kept in the warm — say in the garage.

worm composting The container should have drainage holes to allow air in and a drip tray to catch any liquids that ooze out. This liquid makes a good feed when diluted down. The worms convert the vegetable wastes into a very rich material that is best mixed in when planting hungry feeders or added to potting composts. The worms will die if put out into the soil with the material, so gently pick them out and return them to the bin. If you have an excess they can be sold as fishing bait. Worms cannot deal with large quantities of a material at a time, so they are really only suited to the smaller garden.

Another method is pit composting. Dig a hole and put the wastes in, covering each layer with a little soil. Once the hole is full and proud, start another and use the first for growing really hungry feeders on top such as marrows, courgettes, runner beans or potatoes for a year or two. The pit can then be dug out and the rotted down material used as compost.

A trench can be used instead, and can be fitted into the vegetable bed more easily.

04. January 2011 by admin
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