Did you know that you can use worms in compost to make an excellent fertilizer for your garden? Also known as vermiculture and vermicomposting; composting with worms is the controlled process of using worms to decompose organic waste. Usually, Eisenia foetida (red wiggler worms) are used to decompose organic waste such as manure; coffee grounds and kitchen scraps. In hotter, more tropical climates such as in Brisbane, Australia; Perionyx excavates (blue- worms) are used in worm bins as they are more able to withstand the warmer temperatures. Once the worms have broken down the waste, then the worm castings (finished product) are harvested and used as nutrient-rich soil amendments.
Why Compost with Worms?
- Plant Health Care- The worm castings will provide your trees and plants with supercharged nutrients promoting growth, health and vitality.
- Worm bins can be any size so are able to be used anywhere from apartments to large parklands. Inside or outside composting is also possible.
- Helps to reduce household waste.
- Fantastic educational tool to explain recycling and composting to children.
How to Create a Worm Habitat in Brisbane
- Buy a worm bin from a specialist supplier or making your own homemade bin using material will do the job just as well.
What to consider
- Remember that worms need plenty of oxygen so the bin should allow for plenty of ventilation.
- Think about where you will place the bin and what size of the area you have got to store it in.
- Next, you will need to consider the bedding for the worm bins. Again, this is an excellent opportunity to recycle as shredded paper/ newspaper, wood chips, animal manure and peat moss can all be used as bedding.
What to consider
- Always add a couple of handfuls of soil or rock dust to the worm bin as this will add grit to the bedding materials in the bin enabling the worms to use it in their gizzards to help in breaking down the food particles.
- The soil will inoculate your bin with various soil microbes which will help establish a healthy ecosystem for your worms.
- When your worm bin is ready to go, you will need to invest in some surface-dwelling blue or red wiggler worms. Unfortunately, the common earthworm found in gardens are not suitable for the job of vermiculture as they are burrowers. You can buy suitable composting worms online by weight- the number of worms you will need is determined by the size of your bin, how much food scraps you can provide and how much you would like to spend on the venture.
- Once your worms are settled and happy in their new environment you will be able to harvest the Worm castings (worm poop) The worm uses bacteria in their intestines to break down the substances it consumes.
Why use worm poop for your trees, plants, vegetables and flowers?
As a worm’s intestines are dominated by bacteria, so are their vermi-castings (poop). Most plants love and thrive in bacterial dominated soil and therefore the use of worm castings in the soil around them will improve their health and vitality.
Why use Heritage Tree Care for your Plant Health Care needs?
Heritage Tree Care can provide you with excellent advice and tips on providing the best environment for your trees and plants to thrive in Brisbane and the surrounding areas. Knowledgeable in all areas of Plant Health Care, we can provide you with treatment plans and preventative plans for the long and short term health of your trees and plants.
For a professional Plant Health Care, call Heritage Tree Care on 0737155444 for a free no obligation quote, our qualified Arborists will be delighted to advise you on the best course of action for your trees. We cover Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Redlands and Gold Coast area in Queensland, Australia.