Even before you were young, you were introduced to some basics of agriculture at school especially how worms make soil fertile, perfect to plant vegetables and crops there, this might even be discussed with your science class and learned about the wonders it brings to our environment.
Now that you are an adult, maybe you should appreciate again the importance of composting, particularly vermi composting which is nature’s recycling process.
A vermicompost bin acts as a natural process that allows our organic waste or biodegradable waste to break down into nutrient-rich compost which can be returned to the soil to help plants and vegetables to grow healthy. Vermi composting helps the environment in many ways and if you are interested to find out more about its wonders, you should read the rest of the article below.
The benefits of vermicompost in our environment.
- Reduces waste sent to our dump sites- Up to thirty percent of our regular household waste is organic and a lot of these are sent to the dumpsites which totally pollutes the environment, but vermicompost breaks down all the biodegradable materials into nutrient-rich compost that can be used as soil as its recycling process.
- Reduces greenhouse gas effects- The organics that are buried in a dump site break down very slow because of the lack of oxygen that is used to break it down and decompose, this results to the production of methane gas which is a type of greenhouse gas that destroys our ozone layer resulting to increasing temperatures in the environment and the number one cause of global warming.
- Pollution reduction- Because all the organic materials and wastes are broken down without the presence of an oxygen, it produces a toxic liquid known as leachate which is the liquid from all the wastes from the dump that runs through areas which can contaminate the soil, the waterways, and even plants that surround the dumpsite.
- Reduces the necessity of chemical fertilizers and pesticides- A fully-finished vermicompost is a natural fertilizer which returns valuable nutrients back into the soil at the same time promoting the growth of healthy plants when it is applied to the soil of a garden.
Vermicompost’s main star is the earthworms. These insects play a very critical role in our ecosystem arguably because of its ability to consume all biodegradable waste naturally and produce compost that tremendously fertilizes the soil inside a worm composting bin, perfect for planting aside from the fact that they also clean the soil which makes them the best recyclers of nature.
Worms dig pathways that soften soil in order for roots of the plants to penetrate deeper for stronger hold and nutrition and better water absorption because of the subterranean pathways that worms dig which allow the plant roots to absorb more water as well as oxygen which helps the plants to grow healthier and bigger.
What makes it remarkable is that earthworms do not just help decompose regular biodegradable wastes from humans, but also animal dung, fallen leaves, and other organic matter that are either dead or ready to be decomposed.