Sustainability Challenge: Worms need to eat, too

24 Jun 2009|Dave Decelle

I can’t believe how easy it is to compost, and how much it reduces the volume of garbage we put out each week. It’s really very simple. We have 2 plastic bins hidden away in a discreet place in our back yard that is full of red worms who love to eat vegetable matter. Under the sink in our kitchen we have a small plastic container that we put all our food scraps into after each meal. Every 2 or 3 days we simply dump the kitchen container into the large bins in the back yard and let the worms do the rest of the work. They produce an incredibly nutrient-rich compost that we then add to our garden, lawn and houseplants twice a year. And other than dumping more food scraps on them, the worms are zero maintenance.

We have grown fond of our worms and the important work they do for us. I wouldn’t quite call them pets, but we do have a phrase in our family: “It’s time to feed the worms.” This is one of my two year old son’s favorite things to do.

This is one of the simplest, hassle free sustainability tasks you can do. How much vegetable matter do you waste by throwing it in the garbage?

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