Modern day recycling is being revolutionized right before our very eyes, and the answer has been right underneath our feet for thousands of years. Composting worms are now being used to reduce the amount of garbage that are in the landfills. But this technology isn’t just for municipalities and commercial organizations… you too can start your own worm farm, help the environment, and generate an extra source of income, all for free.
A worm farm is used to decompose food scraps and the result is worm castings that can be used as fertilizer, as they are rich in nitrates and nutrients. In addition to reducing the amount of garbage you will be using, you will be able to stop paying to have your garbage picked up from your house, saving you hundreds per year. Many people also sell the worms to local farmers and bait shops to create a small source of income.
So how do you start your composting worm farm? It is very simple, and can be done very cheaply. There actually are many vendors who sell prebuilt worm farms (worms included) for less than one hundred dollars. You can look in your local phone book under “worm farms”, and if they don’t have any listings, ask your local farm. They should be able to point you in the right direction if they don’t sell worm farms themselves.
If you do not want to spend the money to buy a prebuilt worm farm you can make your own with an old refrigerator, freezer, or a large bucket. The only requirement is that it can contain the waste products from the worms so it doesn’t seep into the groundwater, as well as has a top for ventilation and aesthetic reasons.
Simply bury the container, put compostable garbage in there, and then put the worms in. You now have your very own farm in which you can grow composting worms. If you are trying to figure out how many worms you will need, about 4,000 worms will digest a half a pound of garbage every 24 hours, and the average person produces about one and a half pounds of compostable garbage per day.
|Published on May 17th, 2009||No Comments||Posted by admin|