Category Archives: Worm Composting

Worm Poem

This is a worm poem that came to me while I was out in my garden yesterday.  We are in the depths of winter, but it was a nice day–in the fifties.  I was putting together a small raised bed.  I picked up some black plastic and there were some worms in plain view squirming around.  The worms were squirming because of their surprise exposure to the light of day, and it just got me thinking about worms:

Ode to the Worms

Mighty workers of the soil

Squirming, eating, copulating, cleaning

Transforming detritus

Into nourishment for new life.

How would our world look without them?

Watch Worm Video

WHAT DO WORMS EAT?
Worm Poem

Start Worm Composting?

Are you excited about the idea to start worm composting?  Since I have been worm composting for over 10 years I would like to talk about the plusses and minuses of worm composting.  Vermicomposting is another term for worm composting.

Considerations to Start Worm Composting

Reasons to start worm composting:

  1. Great, fun, learning experience for the kids
  2. Way to compost food scraps
  3. Creating high quality compost for your garden or potted plants
  4. Keeping kitchen scraps out of the landfill
  5. Meditative experience for the adult
  6. Teaching kids to care about our earth and environment
  7. Demonstrating responsibility

Kids, Composting and Keeping Food Out of the Landfill

Worms gross out and scare some children.  And some children are excited to play with them.  If you give the scared and grossed out children rubber gloves to wear that seems to take care of the problem.  In my classroom experience and with my grandchildren the gloves gave them a new freedom to touch the worms.  Then these kids were just as involved and excited as the others.

Worms do a great job composting food scraps.  It is an amazing experience to watch the process!  You see the food waste just disappear and turn into dark compost that will be an amazing amendment to your garden or potted soil.

We waste so much food that ends up in the landfill.  By worm composting we can return this food to the earth or to our potted plants providing great nutrients that the worms incorporated into the compost.

Vermicomposting Can be a Meditative Experience

I say that this can be a meditative experience for adults.  Worm composting means maintenance. It means checking out the bin every week to see how things are going.  Is the bin too dry, too wet and are the worms consuming the scraps in a timely manner?  This can be viewed as meditative or as a pain in the neck.  Maintaining the worm bin could be considered as one of the minuses of the experience.  It all depends on how you think about it.  Personally I enjoy looking into the bin to see what’s happening and to make adjustments if necessary.

The worm composting experience inherently teaches children about our earth, its inhabitants and how to be responsible.  Feeding and taking care of the worms teaches responsibility.

Minuses of Worm Composting

The minus to worm composting is taking care of the worms.  This would be similar to any pet except that worms don’t ever need to go to the vet.  And you don’t have to buy food for them.  The food comes right out of your kitchen.  Worm composting is a time commitment.  Just because you start worm composting, doesn’t mean that you have to do it forever.  The process takes 3-4 months.  You can experience it and then give your worms away or put them into a compost pile.

Watch this video of my worms eating cucumber peels!