Vermiculture Made Easy

Vermiculture is the process of using worms to decompose organic food waste, turning the waste into a nutrient-rich material capable of supplying necessary nutrients to help sustain plant growth. Simply put, it is nature’s own fertilizer and worm composting is easy, simple, and effective.

Vermiculture is good for areas that do not put food waste into backyard compost piles to avoid attracting pests and possible odors.  Worm compost bins are often described as the equivalent of an organic garbage disposal and offer the ideal solution.

Jolly Lane Greenhouse is a proud reseller of The Worm Factory® 360 from Nature’s Footprint. This worm composting system can house thousands of composting worms in a compact space. These worms work efficiently produce highly beneficial, rich compost packed with microbes and water soluble plant nutrients. This material is nature’s fertilizer and can be used for anything from house plants to outdoor gardens.  It is completely non-toxic and safe to use around kids and pets. The Worm Factory® 360 is easy to set up and operate, and managing your Worm Factory® 360 takes less than 15 minutes a week. The Worm Factory 360® can be used indoors or outdoors and is completely odorless, allowing year round operation.

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Simply add a handful of worms and your organic waste to the bottom tray of the worm bin. The worms will start processing the food and once the bottom tray is filled you can add another tray. The worms migrate upward to the newest food source leaving the bottom tray full of nutrient-rich compost – no need to manually sort out worms from the processed soil! In order to create a healthy living environment for these industrious creatures, insure that your worms have what they need to thrive: a dark, moist environment, air to breathe, and food to eat.

If you keep a plastic, lidded container under your sink or in your refrigerator, it is easy to collect your fruit and vegetable scraps, egg shells, coffee grounds and filters, and tea leaves and bags.  Do not include meat, fish, cheese, oils or butters, or animal products.  Adding items to your worm bin is easy – just open the lid and toss it in!

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At the end of each week, check to see if the food you’ve added has been eaten.  Worms usually eat a pound of food per week for every square foot of surface space in their bin.  The smaller the pieces of food waste are, the easier they will be for the worms to consume.

This eliminates all the work of traditional composting and yields a much more valuable end product. Worm compost has been proven to have ten times the nutrients of traditional backyard compost. The more nutrients that are available to your plants, the larger they grow and the more bountiful your harvest is. This system allows you to enjoy organic vegetables, fruits, and flowers grown with the help of your kitchen scraps. Keep your compost balanced by feeding your worms about 50% food scraps and 50% fiber and paper.

The Worm Factory® 360 is expandable vertically, allowing a high compost capacity while maintaining a very small footprint. When full, each tray weighs 12.5 pounds, making lifting and arranging trays effortless.

The Worm Factory® 360 is expandable vertically, allowing a high compost capacity while maintaining a very small footprint. When full, each tray weighs 12.5 pounds, making lifting and arranging trays effortless. Visit Jolly Lane Greenhouse and get started with vermiculture today!