Its really easy to put your organic waste to good use. My girlfriend and her sister spend a little bit of time on the weekend cultivating a lovely veggie patch, which is all organic, and grown in nutrient rich soil made from worm castings. I am so very impressed with the disposal of their waste, and what a little bit of time can lead to. So, I want to share the recipe:
First, you have to get into the habit of putting aside your organic waste. They just have an empty Tupperware next to the bin that all food and veggie peelings, pips, egg shells and so on get dropped into. Then when that is full, about every three days, they just drop the contents into the top layer of their worm bin.
You can either get a commercial plastic one, like they did, or you can make one with four layers of containers, with 3mm diameter holes in the bottom of three of them. The bottom layer will then catch all the valuable worm-wee! So just drop in the organic waste, and put some damp newspaper over it all.
The worms will get to work and start decomposing the material. Soon, the mulch will be a fervor of worm activity.
Then, soon enough, the lowest level of the wormery will start accumulating the worm castings, making a nutrient rich combo to mix in with your normal soil and work into the garden beds. The girls use it on their vegetable patch, and have an incredible crop of spinach, radishes, turnips, beans, carrots, celery, parsley and cauliflower, to name a few.
So rather than throwing out your waste in the trash, put it to use, and start living a little more environmentally consciously.
The girls got the project on the go with the guidance of Caro Sabbagah, but are now keen to share their knowledge and get you set up with your own veggie garden and worm bin. Send me a mail at me[at]murraylegg.com and I’ll have them give you a call.