What is vermi-composting?
Vermi-composting is the process of composting using earthworms. The process functions best when red worms, also known as "red wigglers", are used to process the waste materials. Night crawlers are not good worms for vermi-composting. Vermi-composting is often faster, more complete, creates a rich organic material and provides for a good supply of worms for fishing.
Where can I get a worm bin?
How do I prepare the bin for the worms?
Where can I get worms?
What do I feed the worms?
Red worms can eat over half their weight in food each day so it is important to feed them the correct items. Worms like most organic waste, but will not eat anything inorganic such as plastics. Since redworm do not have teeth and their mouths are small, cut up the food waste so it will be easier to take in. Add soil to the compost bin so the worms can use the grit in the soil to help grind the food in their gizzard.
Bury the food items completely under the bedding so they are not visible from the surface. This prevents odors and fruit flies. Do not add more food than the worms can eat in several days. It is very important to understand that worms cannot eat food unless it has already started to decompose. Fresh food waste placed in the bin cannot be readily eaten until several days have gone by. Start slow so the worms are not overwhelmed with food.
Can the worm bin be put outside?
What are the common problems and pest issues?
How and when do I harvest the finished compost?
Where can I get more information?
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