Today's post is on the practice of vermicomposting which is very well described by Wikipedia as: Wikipedia Vermicomposting link
"Vermicompost is the product or process of composting utilizing various species of worms, usually red wigglers, white worms, and earthworms to create a heterogeneous mixture of decomposing vegetable or food waste, bedding materials, and vermicast. Vermicast, similarly known as worm castings, worm humus or worm manure, is the end-product of the breakdown of organic matter by a species of earthworm.
Containing water-soluble nutrients, vermicompost is an excellent, nutrient-rich organic fertilizer and soil conditioner. The process of producing vermicompost is called vermicomposting."
The use of vermicompost is quite useful for a well balanced nutrient rich soil for gardens and plantings. It has an already established beneficial biological content, bacteria, fungi, mold, nematodes, etc. that your plants will thrive on and with a good quality one it could control soil pathogens.
A very good video to watch describing the process and benefits for those who are interested is: vermicomposting video
A small composting set up can be achieved in your own home/kitchen. You just need a container, worms, and the proper ingredients. Take a look at the Wikipedia link above for a basic recipe. There are a number of worm sources online and one somewhat locally but I don't want to favor one over the other, although I have been told by plant pathology sources at Longwood Gardens that a good commercial producer of Vermicompost is "Worm Power."
For other topic information take a look at my Garden Blog and my Ferret Hollow Gardens website.
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