Is it gross?
Is it good for the planet?
Is it fun, interesting, and a great educational tool?
We have begun to compost with worms, my friends, and it couldn’t be simpler. We picked up our supplies from Treehuggers and have been feeding those hungry wormies over 1/2 pound of stuff every day, generally 60-70% “brown” matter (paper, wood, dried plants, fabric) and 30-40% “green” matter (food scraps, eggshells, coffee grounds, green plants).
My awesome worms will eat:
- paper waste, including stuff you can’t recycle, like pizza boxes, paper towel, and tissue paper
- food scraps*, including vegetables that are past their prime and used up veggies like whatever is leftover after you make vegetable stock
- natural cloth fibers like old cotton socks and underpants
- non-diseased plant material like grass clippings
- dryer lint, for real!
- wood, eggshells, hair, coffee grounds, tea bags (minus the staple)
My awesome worms will not eat:
- animal products, meat, dairy, or poo
- plastic, metal, stickers, glass
- spices and seasonings
- treated wood
*Go easy on onions, garlic, and citrus (keep these less than 10% of worms’ diet)
Maybe you’re saying, “But why would I want to do this, Liz? I hate worms.”
Good question. Here are some reasons to compost with worms:
- Reduction of the smelly parts of your trash, i.e. food scraps
- Less trash (good for you and the planet!)
- Nutrient-rich compost for your garden, houseplants, or friends with gardens and plants
- A learning opportunity for kids (or anyone that needs a lesson in natural systems and waste reduction)
Also, shame on you for hating worms.
I promise you that it doesn’t stink and it is truly awesome to have a functional thriving little ecosystem right inside my house. Take it from a chick who is weirded out by bugs in the house; vermicomposting is cool.