Vermicomposting Benefits

Vermicomposting uses worms to assist with the composting process to create an organic, ecologically safe soil amendment, according to the Earth Ethics Institute at Miami Dade College. Whether you use a homemade worm box or a commercially constructed compost bin, incorporate a vermicompost system into your backyard garden and experience its benefits for yourself.

Faster Composting Rate

Thanks to the hungry worms, vermicomposting systems transform your organic waste into usable compost faster than traditional composting, according to the Robert Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research.

Higher Nutrient Concentrations

Vermicompost produces compost that's very high in nutrients. Purdue University estimates that the resulting matter contains up to 11 times more nutrients than straight soil.

Enhanced Plant Growth

The beneficial microbes excreted by the worms into the compost help promote overall plant health and improve growth and vigor, reports the University of Hawaii. For example, Purdue University says using vermicompost on tomato plants can boost your yield better than synthetic, chemical fertilizers.

Small Space Needs

The Robert Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research says vermicompost systems do well even with limited space. Unlike traditional composting, which requires large areas to pile organic waste to decompose, vermicomposting can be contained to small boxes or trays.

Improves Soil Conditions

Vermicomposting results in a fine-textured humus that's similar to ground peat moss. This organic matter conditions the soil, improving its ability to retain moisture and hold soluble nutrients, according to Purdue University.

Environmental Benefits

Vermicomposting reduces the amount of solid green waste disposed and sent to your landfills. This frees up space for other types of waste and recycles green waste into reusable content that benefits your garden's environment.

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