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Worms. Slimy, grubby, gross.
And totally underrated.
Worms may not be the most attractive critters, but - whether it's composting or worm farming - these little fellas do a heck of a lot more for our environment than act as fish bait!
Why worm farms?
You can recycle your own waste
Instead of throwing your banana peels into the garbage bin to rot, household waste can be turned into worm food/compost – not even waste need be wasted!
Your garden will flourish
Worm farming creates a natural compost that can benefit your garden tenfold – Because this form of compost is completely self-made and natural, the germination process is enhanced; your fruits veggies and flowers will thrive - a much nicer alternative to store bought composts!
Worm farms are a great way to educate children about recycling (and let's face it, who didn't love to play with worms as a kid?). It can teach our young ones valuable lessons about sustainability, and the importance of even the smallest creatures in our eco-systems.
Worms help fight global warming!
A recent study at Yale University found that worms could help buffer the impact of global warming (Lewis, 2015). Worms do this by eating microbes, which are tiny organisms responsible for releasing a substantial amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
So, looks like the worms are off the hook - but we're not!
What you can do
Put veggie scraps in worm farms, Bokashi buckets or composters
The more people in your household, the more vegetable waste you will generate. Worm farming, Bokashi buckets or composting are great ways to turn waste into fertiliser and soil conditioners for your garden.