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Turning your Kitchen Waste into Vermicompost

Do you want to start contributing to a greener and more sustainable environment? Getting involved in everyday waste disposal and sustainable living has never been easier, using organic waste, worms and vermicompost. Join the new recycling revolution today!

What is vermicomposting?

Vermicomposting is the process of feeding worms organic waste (fruits, vegetables, kitchen scraps, manure, and dead plant matter) that turns it into a usable product known as vermicompost. This process of waste disposal is done in a sustainable manner that results in the best quality compost produced and recycled by nature with no added chemicals.

Worm composting does not mean stinking out the neighbourhood or attracting all the fruit flies from around the block. When done correctly, it is an easy and odourless process, by the end of this article, you will be able to produce your very own vermicompost.

The benefits of using vermicompost

Apart from producing those luscious rose beds or flourishing vegetables gardens you always dreamed of, vermicompost can help the environment on a larger scale. In South Africa alone 10 million tonnes of food goes to waste each year, while making its way from our farms to people’s kitchens. 90% of that food ends up in our landfills with 70% comprising of fruits, vegetables, and cereals. Luckily for the worms, fruits and vegetables are their favourite foods! In landfills the food decomposes and produces methane, and carbon dioxide which are both unpleasant greenhouse gases.

There are multiple benefits of using vermicompost both indoors and outdoors, that improve the biological, chemical, and physical properties of soil:

  • Increased soil aeration and microbial activity which are important for plants root growth.

  • Enhanced plant growth due to the abundance of nutrients such as:

  • Nitrogen which is vital for green leafy growth;

  • Phosphorus needed for strong root development;

  • Potassium that ensures beautiful fruits and flowers; and

  • Other macro and micro nutrients.

  • Higher water retention due to the castings incredible moisture holding ability – cutting down on the amount of water your plants need.

  • Suppressed diseases in plants as the worms reduce pathogens present in vermicompost.

  • It is a slow-release fertiliser that will not burn your plants.