Choosing the Right Worm Composter for You

By: Albert L. Foster

Home composting is one of the most efficient ways to keep your home garden and plants healthy. Having a constant supply of organic fertilizer will do wonders for your garden as it will provide constant nourishment to the soil, making it potent and nutritious for your garden plants! One of the most effective ways to do home composting is by composting with worms -- red worms at that!

Home composting through the use of composting worms can be done in two ways. You can vie for the first option which is to go commercial and buy a branded worm composting system. Commercial worm composting systems are very dependable and effective if you are to utilize them for red worm composting; the reason being these systems have been developed by experienced worm farmers and you can rest assured that these work very well. The only catch with this option is that some worm composting systems can be quite expensive -- especially the larger ones which can handle heavier loads.

That is why you have to remember: bigger is not always better. Sometimes the best compost bins are homemade! And that is the other option: to go economic and make your own red worm composting system! This will require less money as you can always build your system out of materials cheaper than the ones used to make commercial worm composting systems. You can also modify the red worm composting system to accommodate your specific needs! Having home built worm composters have lots of benefits too!

Before you choose one option or the other for your little red worm composting project at home, there are several things that you must put in mind. First of all you must consider the size of the worm composting system that you are going to use. Think how much organic material you can compost; the more organic material, the bigger the worm composting system to be used and the more composting worms to be employed!

As a benchmark, a family with four members needs a system the size of one cubic meter to compost the normal mass of organic material found in a household. On the other hand, if your goal is to construct a system just to accommodate kitchen wastes a worm system the size of a garbage bin should be enough. Some good materials to be used if you are planning to make your own red worm composting system would b e wooden pallets, old ammunition boxes and old Rubbermaid boxes.

The site where you decide to put the red worm composting system is also crucial. There are several things that you need to consider in deciding where to put your composter. The first to be considered is convenience. The system must be easy for you to access. If it is not, then there is a chance that you would not use it at a regular basis. Another thing is size. In proportion, the area must be able to accommodate effectively a composter according to its corresponding size. It must also be protected from strong gales and direct exposure to sunlight as these will have adverse effects on the system. Water supply will also be needed as well as an exit point to which the liquid fertilizer will go. There are several more things to consider when deciding where to put your system such as picking out as much a level area as possible and keeping it in a place out of reach of both children and dogs. All of these things and more should be put into your composter plans.

After doing all these things and some other minor details concerning the project, you should be ready to take on red worm composting and maintaining a healthy garden farm! So go out there and make those little red worms proud!

Albert L. Foster enjoys composting with Red wiggler worms. Composting worms like the red worms definitely helps in your organic garden.

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