Vermicomposting in the Garden on Landscapechat

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Tue, Apr, 08, 2014 @ 12:04 PM


Live in an apartment but want to make compost for your houseplants? Does your HOA covenant prohibit traditional compost heaps? Want to compost at the office? Maybe the kids want to try composting at school.  
Vermicomposting or Worm Composting may be the answer!

Why compost? 
Composting is known as "making black gold" for the plants in the garden or for houseplants, and is a good idea because it can:
  • Decrease your carbon footprint
  • Reduce the amount of solid waste added to landfills
  • Improve soil quality for veggies on the balcony or for indoor plants
  • Save money on potting soil
  • Is an easy and fun science project
  • Can increase popularity when you use compost as gifts (just joking, it’s too precious to give away!)
You're invited to Tweet
The live chat begins on Wednesday, April 9 at 11 a.m. PDT / 2 p.m. EDT, where we come together with green industry experts and fellow landscaping peeps each week to discuss all things related to the landscape, since 2011. Join @CoronaTools and #landscapechat co-partner @RodaleInstitute Compost Specialist Rick Carr for this week's topic: Vermicomposting or composting with worms!

Discussion Overview
5 Takeaways from Compost Specialist Rick Carr: 
1. Vermicompost uses the action of worms to break down foods at room temperature. But they can't do it alone; also involved are a diversity of bacteria, fungi and arthropods and many macro-organisms. 
2. Embrace balance and remedy imbalance. Troubleshoot when problems occur. 
3. No food showing. Keeping your food stuff covered with newspaper will prevent potential odors and fly nuisances. 
4. Diversity reigns and uniformity pains. Use diverse food scraps to encourage a diversity of organisms. 
5. Benevolent neglect. Worm bins don't require constant attention. Checking less is best, so as not to disturb the worms. 

Join the Conversation 
Don't miss out on this exciting topic as we welcome Rodale Institute to the #Landscapechat community! Just sign in to #landscapechat Nurph with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community! It will automatically add the hashtag to all your tweets, too! 

If you do miss the chat, you can still access the complete replay on Nurph or on our Storify transcript; both are available 24/7 following the Live Chat, which will include all the information and links shared during the discussion. 
Come join us for this organic topic to learn more and chat live on #Landscapechat!

Topics: #Landscapechat, Rodale Institute, Vermiculture, worm composting

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