Worm Composting vs. Traditional Composting

June 09, 2022

Worm Composting compared to traditional hot composting

If you’re just getting started in composting at home than you probably have lots of questions. One of them is probably, why do some people use worms to compost?

Let’s take a look at why worm composting is so different than traditional hot composting methods and which one might be right for you!

Traditional Composting

The biggest difference between using a traditional hot composting and vermicomposting is the setup. Usually, hot composting is in a simple compost pile or a compost tumbler. This means there’s little to no setup and you’ll only need the space that the pile or tumbler takes up. This is quick and easy to get started on.

The downside of traditional hot composting is that it can take longer for your food and plant scraps to be broken down and turned into compost. This means your pile will often grow larger or your compost tumbler could become overfilled if you have a larger household or plan on using most of your waste as compost. It's best to turn your compost pile to help the composting process. This method is also slightly limited to households with room to spare in their backyard, where worm composters often allow for more creative options in placement and locations. Take some time to browse through our selection of Compost Tumblers and Bins.

Worm Composting

There are many different types of worm composters to fit unique living situations. From small self-contained composters that are great for indoor use, to larger bins that are designed for use inside of a garden bed that will allow your compost to be directly deposited into surrounding plants. Take a few moments to shop through the different worm composting options and we guarantee you’ll find one that works for you!

These options do take a little more care on a weekly basis because they have live worms inside of them. Vermicomposting will turn food scraps into compost quicker and more efficiently. Although some of the worm composters have smaller capacities, they will make good use of the small space they take up at your home. Composting faster is ideal for larger households that produce a lot of food waste. Worm composters also don't smell, so you won't have to worry about keeping your worm farm indoors or attracting unwanted vermin. If you have a vegetable garden or chickens in your backyard, this will be a great choice.