Composting with worms – also known as “vermicomposting” – is the process of using worms to produce rich compost from kitchen wastes. One pound of worms can turn 65 pounds of garbage into garden compost in 100 days. It is the way to go if you live in an apartment or if you generate mostly food scraps.

Food scraps from plants will best suit your worms for composting. This includes vegetable and fruit trimmings, coffee grounds, pasta, bread, cereal, tea bags, and various paper products. Plate scrapings are also acceptable. Animal products such as meat, eggs cheese, etc. are best kept to a minimum to prevent odors. If you want to set up your own vermicomposting system, join UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County for a workshop all about composting with worms!

Participants will learn the following:

  • What is vermicompost?
  • The benefits of worm composting and recycling food waste
  • How to build a worm bin
  • How to take care of a worm bin
  • Vermicomposting real-life examples

Next Workshop date:

Or visit our website to learn more at – UF/IFAS Vermicomposting

by Randy Penn

Source: UF/IFAS Pest Alert

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