How to Create Your Own Fertilizer with Vermicomposting

Assistant Professor Kelsey Hall talked to the intro to agricultural communications class on the use of vermicomposting, or the use of red wiggler worms to create rich compost for soil and gardens. Hall went on to discuss the benefits of using vermicomposting which included a descale on our environmental footprint and the ability to save money. When a ten-pound bag of pre-made compost costs $50 the do it yourself version only costs $7 for 200 worms and then the cost of the container to keep them in, which is rather affordable. You simple get a rubber container, buckets, or barrels (just do not use wood). The setup of your containers is rather easy and maintenance is easy. To fill their home and start building up your compost Hall suggested filling the container of your choice with shredded paper as your base. You can then add food scraps such as egg shells, fruits, vegetables, coffee grounds and other materials to the bin for the worms to begin digesting. Hall also emphasized that meat scraps, dairy products, actual eggs, oily products, banana pills (which are toxic to the worms), and spicy foods should not be added to the bin because it can cause problems for the worms and they will not be able to digest them like other materials. Once you have started to feed your worms you’ll want to give them a few months and there will be enough tea (liquid fertilizer) for you to start fertilizing your garden. For more information visit USU Extension Sustainability.


Author: KateRindlisbaker

I am a junior at Utah State University where I study Agricultural Communications and Journalism. I'm from a small town in Idaho where I grew up on a little farm where we raised horses, cattle, and hound dogs.

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