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Worm Composting System

Gardening Gold

Seed sales are up nationwide. At the White House, Michelle Obama has broken ground on a vegetable plot. The first lady knows nothing is more sustainable — or more delicious — than growing your own food. And your food can’t get more local than when it comes from your own yard.
Worm Composting System
Gardening Gold

Seed sales are up nationwide. At the White House, Michelle Obama has broken ground on a vegetable plot. The first lady knows nothing is more sustainable — or more delicious — than growing your own food. And your food can’t get more local than when it comes from your own yard.

One cloud in this sunny scenario: Many vegetables like rich soil, but putting chemical fertilizer on your garden isn’t healthy for the environment or your family.

Grommet friend George Jonah told us about a better way to nourish plants — vermicomposting. Vermicomposting is the process of recycling organic waste, like food scraps, cardboard, and even junk mail, using extremely hungry worms called “Red Wigglers.” Microbes break down the waste. The worms eat the microbes and create worm castings. You can put the castings into your vegetable patch to produce lovely green leafies that would make an organic farmer beam with pride.

One month after setting up his vermicomposting bin, George has a thriving community of worms that gobble up two pounds of kitchen waste each week. His garden is benefiting from the richest organic fertilizer possible and he has a steady supply of fishing worms. The best part? His grand kids love their thousands of new “pets.”

Maybe the Obama’s need more than an adorable puppy. A bin of “First Worms” would really help Michelle’s vegetables – and her beautiful daughters — thrive.