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Here's the Dirt: Worm Composting

Here's the Dirt: Worm Composting

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Published by: Greater Charlotte Harbor Sierra Club on Jul 18, 2010
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This publication is available online as a PDF
search or
Worm Composting
or its partnerbrochure or homeowners,
Backyard Composting,
at www.metrovancouver.orgFor copies contact the Metro VancouverInormation Centre at 604-432-6200or email icentre@metrovancouver.org
Compost problems?How to use your compost:
•Fertilizer:
 
Use your nished compost as asoil conditioner in plantcontainers and the garden.
Makepottingsoil:•
1/3 sited compost1/3 soil1/3 vermiculite
Usetheliquid
 
•
Diluted (one part liquid with10 parts water) as a plant ertililzer.You can call this
worm tea
.
5
Fivegreatreasonsto
 
compostwithworms
1.Reduceyourgarbage
Organic waste (such as kitchen vegetable scrapsand garden clippings) make up 30% per cent o thehousehold garbage currently being sent to the landll.Composting your organic waste is a great way toreduce this volume.
2. It’s easy
Once your worm bin is established, adding materialsand bedding become routine. Everyone in the home canparticipate and eel good about making a dierence.
3.Helptheenvironment
Less waste means less trucks on the road, less methanegas generated rom the landlls, and recycling nutrientsback into the earth.
4.Improveyourgarden
Your compost will help your garden soil retain moistureater rain or watering.
5.Reduceuseofchemicalfertilizers
Keep local waterways clean by avoiding chemicalertilizers. Composting returns nutrients to the garden.
Symptom
Diagnosis Treatment
Unpleasant odourToo much ood
Stop adding ood.
Not enough air
Gently stir contents(aerate).
Too moist
Ensure proper drainage:check that the drainageholes are clear, or drillmore holes.
Too many acidicoods (citrus,coee grounds)
Cut back on acidicoods. Add a littledolomite lime orground eggshells.
Fruit fiesFood let exposed
Always bury ood. Coversurace o bin withplastic sheet, old carpet,or sacking.
Too much ood
Don’t overload the bin.I problem persists,move the bin to alocation where the ieswon’t bother you.
Questions?
 
Call the Regional Compost Hotline at 604-736-2250.Read
Worms Eat My Garbage
by Mary Appelho.
Flower Press: Kalamazoo, 1997.
Locatewormbinsandworkshops:
Your municipality may have worm bins or a workshopprogram available to you. You can also purchase a 53-litrestorage bin and drill drainage holes in it, or build your ownrom scratch. Call the Regional Compost Hotline or helpon nding a worm bin.www.metrovancouver.orgwww.metrovancouver.org
Worm
Composting
Here’stheDirt:
It’s easy to compost
withworms—wecanshowyouhow!
Use worms to
reduceyourgarbage.Greatforapartments,ofces,andstudents—year-round,indoorsorout.
Composting replicates nature’s wayo breaking down vegetationusing worms, good bacteria, andother organisms.

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