How do you feel about worm composting in Canada? Are you a Canadian who thinks it’s cool and you’re ready to embrace it, or are you thinking it’s not for you?
It may interest you to know that worm composting, when done properly, is reported to be the cleanest and easiest way to compost indoors. Once the worm farm is set up and working well, the worms do most of the work.
If you want to know more about worm composting or “vermicomposting,” I’ve got you covered in this post. And, it’s actually an increasingly popular activity here in Canada.
You may be surprised to learn that parks and other outdoor spaces in Canada are already making use of worm composting toilets. And, they work really well.
But before we go any further, let’s take a look at what this type of composting is all about.
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What Is Worm Composting?
As I pointed out above, worm composting also goes by the name of vermicomposting. They’re the same thing.
Some people also add the term “red” to worm composting because red wigglers are the type of worm you need to use. Common earthworms won’t do the job.
Feed Food Scraps to the Worms
Basically, worm composting involves keeping worms in a container or bin and feeding them your leftover food scraps.
The Worms Produce Rich Compost
The worms eat the food scraps and poop out beautiful rich compost that collects in the bottom of the container. Worms do this same job out in their natural habitat, too.
Worms also Produce “Worm Compost Tea”
Along with the nutrient-rich compost that the worms produce, they also create a liquid known as “worm compost tea.” It drains down to the bottom of the bin or container and can be used to fertilize plants if it’s diluted.
Most bins have drainage holes or a spigot at the bottom to drain off the liquid when it builds up.
Cut Down on Food Waste
There are several parts to worm composting, including the worms, a bin (with drainage), bedding (dry material), the food, and a proper location.
It’s not too complicated if you make sure to set it up properly and it’s a great way to cut down on food waste.
Children Love Worm Farming
Worm composting is also an excellent activity for families, schools, and other youth organizations to help children learn about caring for the environment.
Next, I’ll highlight a great worm compost bin for beginners. It has everything you need to get started, except the worms. But, I’ll also give you ideas for sourcing those, too.
Worm Factory 360 Worm Farm
The Worm Factory 360 is an excellent worm farm kit for beginners because it includes everything you need to get started. It doesn’t include the worms, but I’ll share suggestions for that part below.
The Worm Factory 360 includes:
- 4 stackable trays (more trays sold separately to expand, if needed)
- A “Quick Tips” lid
- An accessory kit with basic tools
- A worm ladder (to help them climb up the levels)
- A spigot in the base (to drain the “compost tea”)
- An instructional manual and DVD (step-by-step instructions)
- Bedding material
As you can see the Worm Factory 360 comes with everything you’ll need to get your worm farm up and running.
Plus, with the instructions and DVD, you’ll learn how to maintain the worm composter the right way to avoid odor and get the best results.
This worm composter is perfect for indoor or outdoor use. You can choose where to keep it year-round or switch it in and out for different seasons. Bear in mind that cold weather will kill the worms.
The Worm Factory 360 is made from high-quality post-consumer recycled plastic and has a limited 10-year warranty, so you shouldn’t need to replace it for a long time.
Moving on, and as I promised, the next questions most people ask are how many worms to start with and where to get them.
How Many Compost Worms to Start With?
When people asked how many worms they needed to start composting with the Worm Factory 360, the most common reply was to start with one pound.
Keep in mind that the worms will multiple depending on food availability. Over time, you’ll determine how many you need for your particular situation. Obviously, a larger family will produce more scraps to compost.
Where Do You Get Red Wiggler Compost Worms?
The type of worms you want for composting are called red wigglers. If you don’t start with the right kind of worms, your worm farm will fail.
People get red wigglers from a variety of places, including Canadian Tire, local bait shops, online from suppliers, and from other people who compost and have extra. If you buy bait worms, just make sure they’re the right kind.
So now, I’ve covered a great starter kit and where to get worms, it’s time for some tips for people who are new to worm composting.
Worm Composting Tips for Beginners
If you’re new to worm composting, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Don’t overfeed the worms. Too much food will cause an odor if the worms can’t keep up.
- The best diet for the worms is small pieces of non-acidic fruits and vegetables.
- The bedding for the worms should be moist, but not soaked.
- Learn how to keep the bin at a good temperature for your worms to thrive and do their work.
- Worms are like having a low-maintenance pet, but they are alive and need attention.
All of the above information, plus much more, is included with the Worm Factory 360. It makes an ideal starter kit for home, schools, youth groups, and anyone who wants to compost indoors.
Worms won’t replace the beaver as a Canadian symbol anytime soon, but worm composting in Canada is becoming a popular part of our eco-friendly culture.