EUGENE, Ore. — Some people think they are gross and slimy, but for gardeners worms are gold.
Barbara Dumesnil is a master gardener and in her home, nothing goes to waste.
“We’ve got basic vegetable scraps, coffee and coffee filters,” said Dumesnil.
After eating, the scraps serve two functions, standard composting and vermicomposting or feeding the worms. Dumesnil says vermicomposting is not only easy, but it’s a great set up for apartment living. Her worms are located right outside her house in a relatively small system of three bins.
“You can have a worm bin in your house, under your sink or in some out of the way place or by your back door,” Dumesnil said, “This worm bin probably has about 2,000 worms; that’s about two pounds of worms. Worms will eat about half of their body weight in a day.”
Dumesnil feeds her worms by placing the food in the top bin about once a week and the rest of her scraps go to composting. In the second bin layer are worm castings, which are rich in nutrients.
“This is a long established worm bin so it kind of has a lot of life in here. I love to use it for starting my seeds,” Dumesnil said.
A bin and worms are all that is needed to get the system going; once the worms are fed, they do the work. Results from the system can be seen in about four months.
Dumesnil is an expert on worms and will teach a class through OSU Extension on Saturday, October 13.