~WORMS - THE ORIGINAL CLEAN WASTE MANAGEMENT~
Worms are the hardest working animals you'll encounter in your garden. Their waste (called castings) are the richest balanced food you can provide for your outdoor garden and indoor plants. The soil the earthworm produces contains five times more nitrogen, twice as much calcium, two and a half times more magnesium, seven times more phosphorus and eleven times more potassium. Worms also aerate the soil by wiggling and weaving about below the ground.
Composting is a great way to help the environment by cutting down on waste that we leave in landfills. Consider this : up to FORTY PERCENT of your residential curbside garbage is ORGANIC MATTER that can be COMPOSTED. By putting this 'garbage' to use, you can not only help out the Earth but also cut down on the amount of garbage you generate, and keep your plants happy at the same time.
When you're taking out the garbage you're also throwing out organic waste that can be composted. Some great reasons to start a worm bin are :
~ Reduce/Reuse/Recycle : don't send all that good garbage to the dump.
~ BLACK GOLD! Worm castings are GREAT for your house plants AND your lawn and more natural that off the shelf fertilizers .
~ Worm bins are more efficient at producing worm castings than a compost heap.
~ You won't have to trek out to the compost heap to dump your compostables .. and that's nice if it's raining or wintry weather! And there'll be less to take to the trash each week.
~ Worms are cool.. and who DOESN'T want 2000 pets?
I JUST READ IN THE NEW YORK TIMES THAT WORMS ARE EVIL AND BAD FOR THE FORESTS!!!
That's not exactly what the article said.. but READ HERE FOR A CLARIFICATION.
WHAT KIND OF WORMS DO I NEED?
(Eisenia Foetida) are the best worms for vermicomposting (composting using a worm bin). They can be purchased online or at bait stores, but be sure and ask for RED WIGGLERS. For more about the classification of the Red Wiggler, check out the Red Wiggler Scientific Classification link on the left, under the More Worm Info section.
WHY CAN'T I JUST USE THE WORMS IN MY GARDEN IN A WORM BIN?
There are 6,000 species of worms in the world, in the phylum Annelida. Most burrow a good six inches below the ground, and need some room to be effective.
Red Wigglers are different in that they burrow in the top two inches of the soil, so they're far more effective in a small space like a worm bin. Eisenia Foetida are from California, so don't go letting them loose in the backyard, they don't belong ourdoors in the hearty Northeast weather!