Worm Bins: The Experts’ Guide To Upcycling Your Food Scraps & Revitalising Your Garden
You’ve bought your worms. You’ve got stacks of old newspapers and cardboard boxes ready. You have a five-gallon bucket or two, with holes questionably drilled into them. You’ve been saving all your coffee grounds and banana peels for the last month. You’re ready to start worm composting. Or, are you? The bin is stinky, there’s so much liquid coming out of it, and it’s getting really warm, all of your worms are trying to escape and you’re not even sure what this “casting” stuff should look like. Or perhaps you haven’t even gotten that far; maybe you’ve just read a few articles about worm composting (also commonly referred to as vermicomposting), with no clue how you should get started. Are worm castings compost? Or manure? And why does it have so many different names? Vermicast, Vermicompost, Worm Castings, Worm Compost. It’s easy to get overwhelmed! It can feel a little bit like staring at the pasta aisle in a fancy grocery store: you don’t even know where to start. On the other hand, you know how beneficial this practice is; it reduces your carbon footprint, it reduces consumer waste, it helps your plants and garden, and you could even sell your worm castings to make some extra cash! It seems like the perfect hobby, and you’re eager to pick it up. But how?
As a beginner worm composter, you may have all of these questions, and more. Luckily, all of the answers lie in the following pages. This book is the definitive guide to vermicomposting. You’ll learn how to start your bin, how to maintain it, what to use inside it, what different issues might indicate and how to go about fixing them. You’ll also learn some of the science behind what makes a worm bin churn. Even if this is the first time you’ve ever heard the phrase “worm composting,” by the end of this book you’ll know the process inside and out – so that you could do it with your eyes closed.