When we talk about vermicompost we mean composting organic materials by using redworms and other such worms. The process is called vermicomposting.
Worms create a blend of different composting ingredients. You can enrich the quality of soil many times by adding vermicompost with it. It is considered to be very high-quality organic fertilizer.
Worms in general situation eat in plenty in a whole day and with that proportion, they release the casting. The most interesting fact is that their casting contains 8 times more microorganism than their food. These organisms do wonders for the plants. Besides the cast is also pathogen free.
This cast is full of nitrogen (N), Phosphorous (P), and Potassium (K) than the normal soil. If you remember (in our earlier article we have discussed this) these 3 minerals are essential for any plants growth. These casts are also rich in humic acid which is very much beneficial for any plant.
Several countries like the USA, Canada Japan etc practice vermicompost in larger scales for agriculture. But use can practice it in your own house also. All you need is these basic materials:
- A container
- Kitchen scraps
Fill the container with bedding and kitchen scraps. Mix some water to make it moist; after that, add the worms into the mix. They will eat the mixture and create casts for you to use.
A word of caution:
Do not use any material such as bottle caps, polythene bags, aluminum foils etc. Avoid any type of insecticides or chemical near the bin. These will kill the worm population.
Vermicomposting is a fantastic way to convert your kitchen scraps into fertile manure. You can use earthworms to convert your kitchen wastes into manure (worm cast and some decayed materials) which you can then add to your window boxes. This acts as a buffer to reduce excessive acid or alkaline present in your soil.
It will also help to store nutrients and retaining moisture. A general recommendation is to add vermicompost and normal soil in 1:10 ratio.
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