That being said, you may not want to use citrus for your worm farm simply because many other types of worms don’t prefer to eat it. Given that worm composting relies on certain worms eating the organic scraps you place into their bin, lemon peels simply wouldn’t work well in worm composting. That said, however, there are instances where using citrus could be a good thing.
Consider the situation of growing an organic lawn. One of the biggest concerns many people have with creating an organic lawn is getting the proper nutrients into the soil. For example, the chemical plant foods (like lawn fertilizer) simply don’t provide the right trace amounts of nutrition to your grass simply because they contain far more harmful ingredients than organic lawn fertilizer. Adding citrus to your worm garden compost, though, can help to restore these nutrients in the soil.
Mix Your Lime (Sour) Worm Castings With Your Compost
In order to get the most out of your worm garden compost, you’ll also want to mix your lime (sour) worm castings with your compost as well. This makes a very rich and very nutrient rich batch of finished compost. Once mixed properly, vermicompost and lime in a batch will definitely require more lime added to them to ensure their proper growth. However, mixing lime with vermicompost and lime is a great way to ensure that your batch of worm composter worms are as healthy as possible.
One of the reasons that adding lime to your worm garden compost is a good idea is because red worms have a sensitive digestive system. Because these worms are so important to your garden, it’s very important that they receive everything they need to thrive in order to grow and produce. If you add any additives to your worm castings without providing them with the proper nutrients, you may end up limiting the amount of nutrients that your lawn mower and plants receive. Not only could this be detrimental to your plants’ health, but it could also be bad for the environment as well.
Absorb A Lot More Lime
As an example, when you make your garden compost heap with worm composter worms and your lime and citrus peel, the plants will absorb a lot more lime from the castings if they’re supplementing with it. This is a great thing to do to ensure that your garden gets the right amount of lime, which will help to keep it looking its best. Worms are an important part of any organic garden, but using them incorrectly can actually harm your garden instead of helping it. For example, using too much lime or citrus peeling for your garden compost heap can actually kill the worms inside of it. Not only will this result in no garden compost being produced, but you’ll also have a lot of dead and dying plants as well.
To make sure that your lime and citrus peel compost is the best it can be, you should provide your garden compost with an ample amount of sunlight and warmth. The sun will cause the worm castings and worm poop to decompose faster, giving your plants and lawn the much needed nutrients. Heat helps to stimulate the decomposition process as well, so adding an extra heater for your heap should be a top priority. If you live in an area where the temperatures occasionally dip below freezing, however, you’ll still want to heat it just a bit, just not to the point of making your garden compost pile too hot.
Using Grapefruit Peels
Using grapefruit peels is another important aspect of worm composting. Just like worm castings, citrus peels will contain lots of nutrients that your garden needs to thrive. Grapefruit peels, however, have a somewhat stronger odor than other kinds of peels, so you’ll need to be careful how much you add to your worm or garden compost. Adding too much citrus will overwhelm the natural odor, so only use a very small amount. Once you have added enough citrus peeling to your pile, however, the odor should become more subtle.
It’s also important that you’re adding just the right amounts of lime, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and sulfur. You should have plenty of potassium in your compost for use in your soil mixes, and lots of magnesium and calcium in reserve because these elements are necessary for healthy plant growth.
And finally, sulfur will decompose organic matter very quickly, so you’ll need to put plenty of it in. Make sure that you’re mixing all of these materials together very carefully, though, because if they don’t mix well, the finished compost may contain pockets and holes where nutrients were deposited without being mixed properly. Keep mixing until you have a great-tasting garden compost pile that’s ready to use!