Read some of the latest research on vermicomposting
from Hala Chaoui from Ohio State University
For much of the past decade, homeowners, farmers,
and solid waste managers have looked with greater
interest at the potential of worms to transform "wastes"
into beneficial resources. "Vermicomposting"
refers to the controlled degradation, or composting,
of organic wastes, primarily by earthworm consumption.
Simply throwing worms into the pile after more active
composting by bacteria and fungi will no doubt improve
the quality of one's compost, but this is not vermicomposting.
Bacteria and other microorganisms do contribute to
vermicomposting processes, primarily as food for worms.
However, it is this deliberate attempt to grow and
maintain a large population that distinguishes vermicomposting
from other composting methods.
Vermicomposting sounds like a great combination of
recycling and soil building. What are the benefits?
How do I get started? What do I need for vermicomposting
at home or on the farm? What if we have a really big
vermicomposting job? If you've been asking yourself
these questions, you've come to the right place for
· Recycle kitchen scraps, landscape residuals, soiled
· Redworms need very little care
· Keeps smelly stuff out of household garbage cans
· Redworms naturally aerate compost keeping it odor-free
· Save money on garbage costs
· Produce large quantities of rich vermicompost
· Inoculate soils with beneficial microbes
· Increase plant health and yields
· Improve plant taste and freshness
· Constant supply of fishing worms
· Protein for chickens (Don't you keep chickens at
· Also food for turtles or lizards
The 1990's has seen a tidal wave of interest in all
things "recycling." Worm boxes have gained
enormous popularity as a method for safely composting
food scraps at home.
Popularized by books such as Worms Eat My Garbage
and The Worm Book, home vermicomposting is now practiced
in more than a million homes throughout North America.
The methods for home vermicomposting have been further
spread by thousands of volunteer "master composters."
Worm bins for homes, schools, and offices divert
thousands of tons of food scraps and other organic
debris from landfills and incinerators and are an
important tool of solid waste managers. Some local
and state governments even subsidize the start-up
of home worm bins to support waste diversion.
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Start with a worm bin:
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bin for home use.
Add "Bedding" and food to the bin:
We recommend wet leaves, newspapers, rabbit manure,
straw, coarse sawdust, or aged horse or dairy manure.
Then bury the vegetative food scraps in the bedding
You'll need one to two pounds of worms for
each pound of scraps that you produce each day.
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