21 October 2020

Worms are your new best friends

| Sharon Kelley
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Worms in compost.

Worms make excellent ‘pets’ and can turn kitchen scraps into natural garden fertiliser. Photo: Supplied.

Eurobodalla Shire Council is encouraging residents to adopt worms as ‘pets’ to turn kitchen scraps into natural garden fertiliser.

Council’s waste minimisation officer Adam Patyus said worms are quiet, don’t smell and are ideal pets for people with limited space.

And the good news, he said, is that council is getting right behind anyone wanting to learn how to provide a home for worms.

“To become a budding vermiculturist or master composter, all you need to do is enrol in one of council’s upcoming free worm farm or composting workshops,” said Mr Patyus.

“They are beautiful to watch as they go about turning kitchen scraps into natural garden fertiliser.

“Composting is also a great option if you live somewhere with a garden because it can take most – non-meat – food scraps, leaf litter and garden prunings and turn them into decomposed organic matter ready to be added back to your garden.”

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Council’s worm farming and composting workshops show residents how to transform unwanted food scraps into a nutrient-rich plant supplement which helps enrich the soil and reduces the need for chemical fertilisers. It will also reduce the amount of organic waste households are sending to landfill.

After completing the workshop, participants receive either a free compost bin kit, or worm farm and worms, depending on the course attended.

Free composting workshops will be held from 9.30 am to 11 am on 13-14 November and 20-21 November at Moruya Waste Transfer Station. To book a place in the composting workshops, phone council’s waste services team on 02 4474 1024.

Worm farming workshops will be held at Moruya Waste Transfer Station from 12 pm to 1 pm on 13-14 November and 20-21 November. To book a place in the worm farming workshop, phone South Coast Colleges on 02 4472 9202.

For more information, visit Eurobodalla Shire Council’s waste and recycling page.

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