This step by step tutorial of how to create a homemade worm composting bin that creates grade A fertilizer.
Worms aren’t the best looking creatures, and a lot of people don’t want to get anywhere near a worm, but there’s no denying they’re helpful in a lot of ways when it comes to compost. Worm composting is a way to turn your trash into fertilizer for your garden or lawn. A worm compost bin is a more space efficient way to do this than a compost pile, but that’s always an option too. This way, it’s contained, mess-free, and you can’t smell it.
Worm castings, aka manure, are rich in plant nutrients and growth enhancers. They’re super beneficial, as they stimulate plant growth more than any other natural product, enhance your soil’s ability to retain water, and help fight against root diseases like root rot.
One of the best features of worm castings is that you can use as much as you want without worrying about burning young plants, which is something many other fertilizers are known to do. Unlike other ferilizers, it’s absorbed very easily and almost instantly by the plants. Along with that, the nutrients from worm castings are slow releasing naturally, so the benefits can last up to two months. This means that this natural fertilizer is both fast-acting and long-lasting, the best of both worlds!
By increasing drought resistance in soil, worm castings can reduce irrigation cost by up to 50% because moisture is retained for longer, and therefore the soil needs less watering. It also promotes certain microbial activities that result in healthier plants at a younger age, as the castings can be applied to younger plants safely. They also have no harmful chemicals like store-bought fertilizers, and so 100% non-toxic, are safe to use around children and pets, and cause no ground water contamination.
Not only do worm castings not create toxins, they even draw them out from the ground, along with harmful bacteria and fungi. This helps prevent extreme pH levels, keeping the soil from becoming inhabitable. The earthworms themselves act as a natural filter, filtering out any impurities like chemicals, leaving their castings 100% organic.
So while worms are slightly disgusting to many people, they’re really helpful creatures, and can even be used to create worm compost bins, which are better than compost piles if you don’t have a lot of space, or don’t want the smell of a compost pile.
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