One of the most overlooked areas of our Home Economy is the Waste area. Waste is one of the only things our Home Economy actually produces, but it’s something we typically want nothing to do with . As it stands now, we put all of our trash into a plastic bag and then it disappears for us to hopefully never see again, but of course all that trash goes SOMEWHERE. Trash and Waste has the unique characteristic of being something that our Home Produces, but we have to pay to get rid of it. That just means nobody currently wants the waste a Home Economy Creates.
After some observations of my waste bin though, I started to realize some opportunities. Some of the things that are being thrown into the waste bin can actually be used in order to help the home economy. I observed lots of fruit and vegetable waste going down the garbage disposal or worse, in the trash and asked myself if there was a better way to use that waste. After all, dead plants make dirt and dirt feeds living plants, right? So with that question in mind, I started to look for solutions.
A composting pile or bin is the first, and most obvious solution that many people use to break down their food scraps into usable compost for their garden. The problem with this is that it’s a fairly slow process and the ROI is kind of low. The compost you get from breaking down food scraps from the home kitchen is great don’t get me wrong, but the average kitchen doesn’t produce a compost pile large enough to generate useful heat and so: SCRAPS + TIME = COMPOST. That’s not bad. That’s better than just throwing the scraps away or down the garbage disposal, but there’s probably a better way.
WORMS! That’s right, worms! Of course if you read the title, you probably figured that out already. Using worms to compost vegetable scraps is a far more effective and faster way to break down your waste and get several useful byproducts out of it. Worms like Red Wigglers will break down the food scraps far faster than a traditional method of composting can, and worm turds (called ‘castings’ to stay classy) make for a fantastic fertilizer. Not only that, worms make great food for chickens or for fish. This is definitely the path to take it seems because now instead of our standard composting formula, our worm composting formula looks like: SCRAPS + WORMS + LESS TIME = BETTER COMPOST, FISH FOOD, CHICKEN FOOD, MORE WORMS.
This is obviously a far better solution since it requires less time and creates far more production of useful items than traditional composting. In my next blog, I’ll actually be setting up a worm bin for my kitchen that I got from Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm. I currently have 500 worms on the way and will go over how to set up your bin and worm care once they arrive. Comment below about your thoughts on using worms to compost food scraps? Would you put a worm bin in your kitchen or garage? Why or why not?