February 21, 2015 we welcomed our newest garden members to the Gulfport Community Garden.:  dozens of Red Wiggler Worms. –These little guys are excellent decomposers, and are quickly going to turn our food waste into a nutrient rich soil amendment (i.e. Worm Castings / Poop).Worms2

Creating compost in this way is known  as Vermiculture. –Not only is Vermiculture easy and fun, but it also has many benefits, including:

*Increased soil fertility

*Increased pest and disease resistance for soil and plants. (This is due to the humus in the compost.)

*The ability to hold heavy metals in suspension (so plants don’t accumulate them)

*The structure of the castings aids in aerating and loosening the soil so that more oxygen gets to plant roots.

*The castings prevent extreme pH levels (which would make it impossible for plants to absorb nutrients from the soil)

There are a number of different ways to go about Vermicomposting. –If you’re interested in learning more, or you think you might like to try it yourself, I recommend visiting: –This site has lots of great information and instructional videos.

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