It's time to talk about worms!!! Great, right? Even better, making compost requires little effort when worms do all the dirty work. One of the problems with composting in Kansas is that in the winter, you can't get your outdoor pile warm enough to actually break anything down. So, after a little research, I decided worm farming was clearly the way to go. Let me just reiterate, as I will many times this is SO EASY! Anyone with a little tiny bit of space and a few purchased items can do it.
First step is buying a place to keep your worms. Ours is called the worm factory, but you can make your own worm house if you are so inclined. Just Google it. =) It doesn't take up much space, and has many advantages I will talk about later.
You can also order worms from Amazon. It is a little weird, to think they come in the mail, but they do. Right alongside your Pottery Barn catalog and the water bill.
If you are like me, you will also want a compost container to keep so that you don't have to run down to the bin every time you have something to compost. I also got this container on Amazon's website.
Now for the work... Remember, this is EASY! The worm factory comes with everything you need, except for the worms. I set up the factory according to the directions. Then, you just save all of your fruit and vegetable scraps, old bread, plant cuttings, and eggshells in your container. When my container is full, and admittedly pretty stinky, I empty the container out into the bins. Here is a picture of my container full with asparagus ends.
Then you cover your kitchen scraps with paper. Hey, worms need fiber too! I use the paper from our shredder, but you can also use junk mail, newspaper, toilet paper rolls, etc.
Does anyone else know that song... The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out? It is kind of dark and twisted. Anyone? Okay, I digress again.
Finally, spritz with a little water, so that the paper is moist. You never have to turn this or touch the worms. The beauty of this system is that the worms crawl upward to the next bin once they are finished breaking down all the food in one bin. It does take a while, but I have found that the amount of worms we have is perfect for the food scraps we compost. Here is the amazing thing. The container stinks when I empty it in and cover it with paper. The next day... NO SMELL! The worms are, quite frankly, amazing.
2. Fruit and veggies never go to waste.
3. Low maintenance: Worms just like to be fed and left alone.
4. You make your own compost and compost tea without doing a thing, which is great natural food for all of your plants.