Vermicomposting is a natural process that helps breakdown decomposing organics with the assistance of composting worms. With the right care and maintenance, these worms will be able to thrive, produce more rich compost, multiply in number, and more. Now, all indoor and outdoor worm bins will need its respective vermicomposting bin maintanence. Failure to preserve the contents of your bin can result to compost spoiling, worms dying, the bin smelling, and so on. A regular upkeep for any type of worm composter is definitely an essential.
Since composting worms are very efficient food processors, you can expect to use them even inside your home (provided that they’re also securely placed inside a specialized indoor composter). Composters that have been made for indoor use can be placed inside the garage, by the basement, inside an old closet, bathroom, laundry room, pantry, kitchen, or even under the kitchen sink. Different sizes, shapes and materials are offered for your picking, so it’s best to get the one that suits your preference (especially a composter that will also help complement the look of your home). Indoor composting bins are actually the best option for those who are space-restricted (perfect for apartment-dwellers or those who don’t have any garden space).
Now when choosing for a worm compost bin, make sure that you start with a small and shallow bin (best to start on a small scale). If you’re thinking about composting more organic scraps, then it would be advisable to switch to outdoor composting (can compost bigger quantities since it’s not space-restricted). Also, composting indoors will require that you take into consideration the following things: a plastic or wooden compost bin, (2) some moist bedding, (3) organic food scraps, (4) and the right temperature.
Basic vermicomposting will require that you place your worms inside a composter that has a depth of at least 12 to 18 inches. You can also opt into using a plastic or wooden made bin that is also opaque in shade (worms detest bright lights). Other than that, providing your worms a moist bedding will also keep them happy and thriving. The worm bedding can be in the form of presoaked newspaper shreds, some dry leaves, and loose soil.
On top of that, you’ll also need to fill your bin with organic food wastes (these are your typical kitchen and garden scraps). Both bedding and worm food will need to be replenished as soon as these are consumed. And since your worms will eventually be turning these wastes into nutrient-rich humus, then expect to have the bin cleaned up of residues to avoid potential odor build-up. Aside from that, also check the indoor temperature, as the ideal temperature ranges from 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Also remember to place these soil creatures inside a well-aerated bin. Your worm bin should still have the necessary holes drilled around it to let air in, and to drain out excess moisture from the composter. This will also help avoid the contents of your bin to get spoiled through the process. To also avoid unwanted pest visits, make sure that the bin is covered at all times.
Outdoor vermicomposting is perfect for those who have larges spaces at home (a spacious lawn or backyard). It’s the most preferred type of composting when thinking about breaking down larger quantities of organic wastes. An outdoor composter is typically larger than the indoor bin types. But do take note that outdoor composting will require more maintenance compared to indoor composting.
Now to keep outdoor worm bins maintained, you’ll have to note of the following essentials. The first tip is to not leave your outdoor composter exposed under direct sunlight. Leaving your bin in this situation can potentially dry up the contents of the bin, make the temperature rise, and kill the worms inside it. It’s best that you keep the bin under a good shade, and to also keep it protected with a lid/cover. Keeping the bin covered can also prevent pests (particularly worm-preying killers) from hovering on top of it.
To prevent your worms from escaping the bin, it’s best that you also keep them well fed (only replenish their stock as soon as they’ve consumed everything in the bin). You’ll also know when to put in a new food supply when they’ve produced their castings. Also, feed them scraps that are considered to be organic. Failure to do so may result to food being disregarded. This can result to an odor build-up (caused by rotten food) as well.
For a very important vermicomposting bin maintanence tip, also make sure not to leave the bin too dry or too wet. A bin that contains dry bedding materials can result to a worms eventual demise. The worm may experience skin irritation or even death (worms need to be in moist surroundings since they breathe through their moist skin). Keeping the bin too wet is also dangerous. Other than the compost getting spoiled, it can also lead to your worms drowning from it.
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