Residents in Copperas Cove are attacking their compost piles with some of the slimiest creatures on Earth — worms.
Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful provided the majority of the supplies for residents to build their own worm farms as part of a fall composting class Saturday at the Copperas Cove Public Library.
The hands-on training session taught residents how to build vermi-composting containers and use worms to turn organic waste into nutrient rich, black, earthy-smelling fertilizer.
KCCB Director Silvia Rhoads said there are several reasons to use worms.
“Well, for one, they’re cool. Not only are they slimy and neat looking, but these amazing little organisms can eat up to half their body weight in food every day,” Rhoads said. “Using worms instead of a compost pile ensures year-round composting with a rich, highly nutrient content.”
Participants were told to bury the compost under the dirt, keep their compost piles covered to keep animals out and turn the soil every day to speed up the composting process.
“I never buried anything before,” Klaudia Brand of Copperas Cove said. “I always throw the stuff on top. Eventually, it decomposed, but I am glad to learn that now I need to bury it.”
Benefits of using compost:
Creates a better plant root environment by improving soil structure and density.
Reduces erosion and runoff by increasing moisture infiltration of heavy soils.
Reduces water loss and leaching in sandy soils.
Can control or suppress certain soil-borne plant pathogens.
Supplies significant quantities of organic matter.
Improves the ability of solids to hold nutrients for plant use.
Improves and stabilizes soil pH.
Can bind and degrade specific pollutants.