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Vermicomposting: Why Gardeners Need a Worm Bin

Why would someone have a worm bin?

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Answer: A worm bin is designed for breaking down organic waste using—you guessed it—worms to create compost. This is a great way to recycle food scraps instead of throwing them away, and to save money by making your own compost rather than buying it or other amendments from the store.

How does this work? The worms, typically red worms, will eat the food scraps, which will pass through their bodies and in roughly three to six months this digested organic matter will become compost. This compost is great because it adds nutrients into the soil, improves drainage and supports the microogranisms that live in the earth and in turn help keep your plants healthy and strong. Worm compost can be used as a topdressing, added to planting holes at planting time or mixed with potting soil for containers.

Worm bins are great ways to not only become a little more self-sufficient but they also help ensure that your favorite plants in the garden prosper. For more details on vermicomposting see this helpful page from the Massachusetts DEP.

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