It is possible to install a vermicomposter on your balcony.
You don't have a garden or a house, but you still want to install a vermicomptor in your flat? Rest assured, there is a solution we all know: the balcony!
Choosing the right location for your vermicomposter
If it is possible to produce vermicompost on your balcony, you must nevertheless be careful to choose the right vermicomposter so that it does not get damaged too quickly. It is also important to choose the right place to install it on your balcony. Indeed, the worms that are necessary for the success of your vermicompost must evolve in an environment that allows them to flourish.
Many models are available in both plastic and wood. If you choose the latter, you must be careful since some of them are not perfectly watertight. You will have to make sure that your balcony is covered or that your vermicomposter is covered, otherwise your worms will get watered... Vermicomposting on your balcony can be an ecological and interesting solution to create your compost, but be careful where it is placed, which is essential.
Of course, if your balcony is too exposed to the sun, your vermicomposter could heat up and this could have a negative impact on your worms since they hate heat and could die.
Beware of temperature changes
In order for them to succeed in their work of digesting your organic waste and then producing vermicompost, several conditions must be met so that the worms can flourish in the best possible way. When you decide to install a vermicomposter on your balcony, you must ensure that it maintains a temperature between 15 and 25°, especially for worms, since it is at this temperature that they are at their maximum capacity. If you live in an area where winter can be harsh, you will have to bring your vermicompost inside your flat for the sake of your worms. However, if your area is not too exposed to very low temperatures, you can always use a blanket to keep the temperature down.
However, if you are in an area where temperatures often fluctuate between 5 and 15°C for a good part of the year, the activity of the worms will not be optimal since they will not see the sun. Just like us humans, worms need to see the sun in order to gain activity. At these temperatures, worm activity will be zero or almost zero as in the middle of winter, but activity may be greatly slowed down in your vermicomposter. It is therefore important to keep the temperature inside the compost bin stable so that you can produce compost consistently throughout the year.
It is also important to make sure that the temperatures are not too cold so that the worms can continue to work. In fact, if the temperature drops below 5° inside the vermicomposter, worm activity becomes almost nil. In this sense, if before winter you have left enough organic waste, the worms will spend the winter period with what is there. However, it should be noted that worms are not hibernating. They will continue to work, but at a slower pace as their activity will simply be slowed down. But if you can, don't hesitate to bring your vermicomposter indoors when you see the winter season coming. Indeed, today many products are available with casters and this will allow you to move it around as you wish.
Collecting the soil for your vermicompost
When you bring your organic waste to your worms in your vermicomposter, the worms begin a transformation process and will produce two substances that prove to be fertilizing, namely vermicompost, also known as compost tea, and solid vermicompost. The first product can be used to water your plants, for example, while the second is used to repot pots. That way, you no longer need to go to your nearest garden centre to get bags of potting soil or fertilizer, since you will have everything you need at hand from now on. Note that for a better yield of these two substances obtained, it is best to dilute them to 10% with water before use. Thanks to this technique, you will be able to feed your window boxes, flowers, plants and houseplants in the best possible way. Thanks to this your plants will look greener and in case of overproduction of compost, do not hesitate to supply your family but also your friendly circle.