Lawn and Garden Fair goers learned to composte with worms

There was lots to learn at the Lawn and Garden Fair held in Golden.

The frost is finally gone, and it’s time to get out into the garden. That’s why Wildsight decided to host a Healthy Lawn and Garden Fair at the Golden Civic Centre on May 27.

The fair featured several workshops, teaching people how to better take care of the yards in a pesticide-free and organic way.

One of the workshops focused on benefits and methods of composting with worms.  Rebecca Labonville shared her knowledge, gained from 10 years of sustaining her own “worm box.”

“It’s a great way to compost food waste indoors and you’re not attracting wildlife,” she said.

So how does it work?

Start with a large plastic container, which will accommodate food waste for one person (you will need a box for each person in your home). And make sure you have an indoor space to store. The worms die if they’re too hot or too cold. Then you need a pound of worms, red wigglers – not earthworms.

Your box should have the following layers: compost on the bottom, worms above that, then a layer of bedding  consisting of paper, cardboard, leaves, straw, sawdust, sand and water, then a top layer of paper or burlap. The box needs a lid, but make sure there’s air vents in it.

When you feed your box with household waste (any organic material, no greasy or animal products), you lift up the bedding and put the material on the worm layer.

Tip: if you blend the food, the worms will eat it faster.

The worms will create composte to help grow your garden with fairly little maintenance. Going on holiday? No problem. The worm box can survive up to three months without being fed.