If you’re like anyone else, you have a continual supply of food waste that is being thrown away. That’s not just money down the drain, but the start of free nutrition for your garden plants. Its organic too, as long as you use only food scraps that were organically grown. Trace elements of GMOs and mainstream agriculture chemicals will remain if you use any other type of scraps.

Vermiculture: Homemade Compost Tea and Worm Castings
While you cannot use this fertilizer for hydroponic gardens if you’re going to maintain smoothly operating equipment. For traditional container growing that is hand watered and any kind of outdoor garden in ground soil, it is perfect. Additionally, if you make more than you can possibly use, there is a market for your overage.

This type of homemade organic fertilizer is known as vermicompost and its the very same way they grow worms for fishing too. Live worms also have a market close to any lake, river or stream. Freshly harvested worms always catch an angler’s interest. There’s nothing worse than getting out on the water and discovering that your worm canister has more dead worms than live one. Makes for a short fishing trip.

This first video shows you how to make an inexpensive vermicompost bin and gives you some tips on what not to feed your worms. The second video covers some of the same info using different materials but gives tips on how to use the free fertilizer in the best interests of your plants.

 

So other than the compost tea method described in the last video, how would a gardener make use of the good stuff the worms make? Everything they leave behind can be used to improve soil composition, feed plants organically and is in huge demand by gardeners everywhere who want to grow their own food without chemical fertilizers. It is called worm castings and is not much different than bat guano, though its a lot easier to come by. Here’s a great homemade way of harvesting your vermiculture worm castings.

Super easy to care for, vermiculture can be done no matter where you live. If you’ve got more compost tea and worm castings than you need, friends, neighbors and acquaintances would be a great place to start selling your excess. Especially if you have a better price than purchasing it at a garden store. However, if you got really serious about firing up your own wormy empire… check out the stuff to help you get going from the pros at Unco Industries.

Tammy Clayton

Content crafter and Senior Editor at Garden Culture Magazine
Tammy has been immersed in the world of plants and growing since her first job as an assistant weeder at the tender age of 8. Heavily influenced by a former life as a landscape designer and nursery owner, she swears good looking plants follow her home. (Some feel she's got a perennial obsession, others say the problem is tomato plants.)

If you don't find her at the desk - check the gardens. When not writing and weeding, she enjoys a good book, painting junk furniture, and blending the harvest of heirloom tomatoes and chiles into salsas.