vermicomposting

Vermicomposting


Vermicomposting is using worms to process waste just like you would a compost bin.

This is a great video to see what worms can do!

Why is vermicomposting a category in Pro planet people?

Ever since I learned about vermicomposting also known as worm composting, I was blown away. This is a quick outline and introduction to vermicomposting. This is also an open discussion and open submission for anyone who would like to add information about vermicomposting aka raising worms to create compost, worm juice and for brewing compost tea.

In my experience having a worm bin I was able to add all of my food waste, vegetables and fruit, paper, junk mail and other typical food waste aside from meat and oil.  In my system most of the time the fruit and vegetable waste was almost rotting because of the way I collected my scraps.

I would put my scraps in a plastic old Clam Box used for mixed greens that you would buy at the supermarket. Once a week I would take my food scraps out to my worm bin. I would lift the newspaper covering the worms and organic matter and place my food scraps underneath.  Before I did that I would water the worms. I like to call it giving the worms a shower.

At the bottom of my worm bin was a pool where the worm juice would collect after the shower on the same section was a nozzle where I could empty out the juice when the bottom compartment because too full with liquid. I always left a little bit of liquid so that the worms had a pool to swim in, as I was told they prefer that.

This worm juice to me was like liquid gold! I would dilute it in about 10 parts of water and then pour it on to my growing vegetables. This was just one of the benefits of vermi-composting.

Another thing that happened with my worm bin was the formation of worm castings. Worm castings are essentially the poop of the worm. This was also black in color and had a wonderful texture. As the worms were eating the veggies and fruit which have many of the nutrients, minerals and vitamins that the food had itself, the worm castings were a complete food that I could use on plants with no risk of pathogens you would have if you used human poop.

Some things I’ve heard about vermicomposting:

  1. Red wiggler worms are the most popular worms used vermi-composting and there are other kinds
  2. Worms can eat their weight everyday
  3. worms grow and breed very rapidly
  4. (the combination of the fast reproduction and fast eating are what makes worms so amazing, they are not only a sustainable resource, but regenerative)
  5. Farms reach sexual maturity in about 4 to 6 weeks
  6. Worm castings are a living soil amendment packed with bacteria and nutrients

Vermicomposting is a fast composting method turning organic waste into valuable soil amendments.  it is said to be an organic method to return nutrients back to the soil as well as promote healthy living soil. Because worms are living creatures and produce very rapidly well reproduce very rapidly as well raising worms is a sustainable method to keep nutrients within the cycle.

Many people believe worms are nature’s miracle.

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Other terms you may have heard when talking about vermicomposting are: raising worms, red wiggler worms, worm castings, worm juice, worm bin and more.

General Topics also include: [Sustainable Growing and Gardening(general category) Sustainability, Permaculture, Regenerative Systems, Sustainable development, Ecology.

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Harry Pasa

About Harry Pasa

I love being a part of something with the goal to keep the air breathable, the water clean and the food real & fresh. Beets in the back, solar roof top, digging the scene, with a bicycle lean. Yes Please!