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Will the composting process smell?

​No, as long as the system is maintained properly by keeping a proper balance of food scraps, bulking material (paper products, wood chips, or leaves), moisture, and oxygen. Worms, on the other hand, can consume up to half their body weight in a day, and the great thing about it is that they work around the clock, thus reducing any foul odor.

How does composting work?

​In short, microorganisms, bacteria, fungi, bugs and insects (decomposers) produce carbon dioxide, heat, and moisture as they work together break down the organic material that results in an odor free, rich, dark soil.​ Or the element of heat transfer can be reduced or eliminated to include worms that will consume & digest the organic material, with the help of the previous mentioned players. We all work together.

Is there a way to go green and recycle in a sustainable manner, and be conscious of the environment?

​There is! It's called composting, either by use of heat or the inclusion of worms, a natural process that converts organic, biodegradable material, such as food scraps, yard trimmings and paper products, just to name a few, into a dark rich soil conditioner.​

​There's aerobic and anaerobic methods, but we're going to focus on aerobic here at the moment.

​What can and cannot be composted?

​All organic material can be composted, but to avoid unwanted guest we recommend the following:

  • ​Include plant cuttings (disease free), fruit and vegetable scraps, leaves and bark, non-gloss newspapers and magazines and wood chips
  • ​Avoid animal feces, fats, oils, meats, bones and dairy products

Is it a lot of work? How long might it take to produce finished compost?

  • ​Standard method will require building and mixing various organic material weekly; this method can take 4 to 8 months depending on the season
  • ​Slow method requires very little of your time due to a limited supply of organic material to add, leaving the process to happen at a slower pace; this method can take from a year to two years
  • ​Fast method will require constant monitoring of the system to make sure conditions are ideal, i.e. frequent mixing of organic material and ideal temperatures (100 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • ​The vermicomposting method involves the worms turning, mixing and aerating the organic material all the while digesting up to half of their body weight in a day and leaving a beautiful, rich black soil.

Why should we compost?

  • ​To convert organic, biodegradable material into a rich soil conditioner for healthier plants, trees, shrubs, gardens, and lawns.
  • ​To be an educational program for all ages that illustrates the essence of sustainability, cycle of life and importance of the soil for a healthier environment.
  • ​Divert reusable waste that would normally be thrown away and end up buried in your local landfill, or incinerated.

​Questions You May Have About Composting and Worms