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Earthworms

Earthworms, your ally for a beautiful garden

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Even if you do not see them and their appearance may not like you. They work for you and your garden 24 hours a day.

Earthworms and organic gardening go hand in hand. These little worms are your secret weapon for a healthy and happy garden. They loosen the soil so your plants can spread their roots more easily and also fertilize the soil as they work their way through the dead matter. What relationship could be more perfect?

But did you know that these darling little worms can also turn kitchen waste into rich soil for the best garden ever? 

What is Vermicomposting?

Vermicomposting is also called vermiculture and it means using red worms, in addition to microbes and bacteria, to turn your organic waste into a nutrient-rich fertilizer.

Keep your worms in a worm compost (read on to learn how to make one) and then give your little helpers the same organic waste that you would normally put in your pile of compost.

Among earthworm species, red earthworms like the ones in the photo are best for composting kitchen waste in soil rich in organic matter.

The end product (well, worm poop) is your vermicompost. Start compost with worms, and soon you will have an excellent fertilizer that is much richer than ordinary compost.

This is because, in addition to removing kitchen scraps and releasing nutrients in the process, the worms also emit mucus that will actually prevent these wonderful nutrients from being removed with the next watering.

These nutrients will stick to your soil right where your plants can reach them. What could be better than the dynamic duo of earthworms and organic gardening?

How to make a homemade compost for the earthworm? You will need at least two three-gallon plastic containers with lids.

You can find them at any hardware store, but if you can recycle plastic from your homemade packaging, even better.

Prepare the bins: With regular composting, you just throw everything in a pile. However, with the powerful earthworms and organic gardening duo, you will need a special container that provides drainage and air flow.

To provide this, you will need to drill holes in your containers to allow oxygen and travel.

Drill half-inch holes in the bottom of the containers. Earthworms like to eat some dirt along with kitchen scraps.

Set the lid of the bottom container (the one that holds your bedding and worms) aside. Then gently place the upper bowl on the lower one. Fill this top container with damp newspaper, Coffee grounds, dirt and kitchen scraps and then cover with a lid.

You will continue to add organic kitchen scraps to this top container.

It is important to avoid having the worm containers in temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius.

As the bees, the worms are essential for agriculture and food production in the field. If their appearance is not funny to you, think that the food in your pantry in one way or another was produced thanks to them.

 

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