Worm composting has become quite popular in today’s energy efficient, green-conscience society.
How worm composting works
When placed in a composting bin or pile, worms will eat the decaying vegetables, fruit and plants. This process is referred to as vermicomposting. After the worms eat the pilings, it will turn into compost through the worm’s digestive process. The worm’s excretion is considered compost. This is a natural process for worms as they have been doing this since the onset of their existence.
Tips for worm composting
Since you will be regulating your compost, it is wise to only use raw fruit and vegetable leftovers. It is not suggested using meat or dairy products of any kind to insure a healthy worm composting process. Meat and diary products might hinder the composting process in worms. Although your bin should remain covered, you still don’t want to attract fruit flies or vermin. This may still happen, but following these guidelines will help prevent the attraction.
If possible, try to use a variety of items like plant leaves, but stay away from pungent food like onions and acidic foods like orange peels.
In a period of a few months your bin will contain more compost than raw materials and you will need to begin the simple harvesting process.