Composting is an economical, non-toxic way to nourish soil. By composting, less material congests our landfills not only because of the packaging conserved by not buying commercial fertilizers, but because we are utilizing our natural waste to grow life. Besides natural fertilizing benefits, composting allows any individual to make use of their food scraps, and other materials—even autumn leaves can be composted. There are no negatives associated with composting, only environmental positives, not to mention fresh, organic soil to promote healthy plants.
Vermicomposting is perhaps the most efficient form of composting kitchen waste, as the use of worms and their nutrient waste allows any garden or plant to flourish. “Worm casts (fecal matter) also contain five times more nitrogen, seven times more phosphorus, and 11 times more potassium than ordinary soil, the main minerals needed for plant growth.” Furthermore, the worm casts do not contain any disease pathogens, since these are dependably killed in the worm’s gut. The worms used are not your typical large earthworm; there are two species used, Eisenia foetida or Lumbricus rubellas, referred to as red worms, tiger worms, brandlings, angle worms, manure worms, or red wrigglers.
KGMB and Composting
KGMB encourages gardening to strengthen local communities. By growing life and learning together, we grasp the fragility of the environment and the need to depend on each other to maintain healthy, sustainable ecosystems. KGMB offers a composting webinar, educating others how to turn kitchen scraps and yard waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendment, Click here for more information.