Going Green: Using Worms To Go Green

Published 04/03 2014 06:16PM

Updated 04/03 2014 06:53PM

Newspaper and kitchen scraps are commonly used to make compost. Audrey Gillespie likes to add an extra ingredient.

"You can order them online in bulk or you can actually get them at a bait shop,” says Gillespie.

One pound of red worms will cost you about twenty dollars, eventually producing an organic material for your plants.Gillespie says vermicomposting is rather simple and inexpensive.

To begin vermicomposting first you need a large tub, all one color.Worms like darkness. The tub should also be longer than it is wide.

"Some people like to keep them under their kitchen sink,” adds Gillespie.

Drilling small holes around the outside will give the worms oxygen to breath and prevent them from wanting to escape. The next step involves cutting three days worth of newspapers into strips and getting them wet. Afterwords make sure to wring them out like a sponge. The worms go underneath the newspaper.

"I put it in a corner and I'll watch it.Once they eat one corner I'll put some more in another corner."

One pound of worms takes about one pound of food. You can use anything from fruits and veggies to even egg shells. Gillespie says the worms need grit for their gizzards. A handful of potting soil will do the trick. Eventually you'll have to clean out the tub and put in a new set of newspaper strips.

"It's a two fold purpose.You're recycling and you’re also making a rich organic food to feed your plants."

Getting your hands dirty to make the world more beautiful.

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