Vermicomposting


Vermicomposting – or worm composting – uses red wigglers that easily digest organic waste material and turn them into high quality compost.  This compost is potent nutrient- rich and can be used on houseplants, vegetable and flower gardens.
REDUCE your waste and put your kitchen scraps to work.  Help the planet and your garden!!

 
GETTING STARTED:
  • A plastic storage bin 15” to 24” deep with a secure lid. (Many stores)
  • Drill ventilation holes in the lid (4) and along the top sides of the bin (2 each side).  These can be covered with screening and taped in place.
  • Add a 4” to 6” layer of damp bedding made from shredded black and white newspaper.  The bedding should be damp as a wrung-out sponge.
  • Approximately 1 lb of redworms .  They are available at bait shops or specialty growers found on the internet.
  •  FEAR NOT – the worms will not leave the bin.  They are very sensitive to light and will bury themselves in the bedding.
 
WHAT GOES INTO THE BIN?
  • Worms are vegetarians and love fruits and vegetables.
  • Stale bread, coffee grounds & filters, tea bags and crumbs from cracker boxes.
  • Bury the food scraps under the bedding.
  • Rotate the placement of food scraps with each feeding.
  • Redworms can consume half of their body weight in food scraps each day.
  • If you find food uneaten…stop feeding until they catch up.
  • AVOID meat, dairy or oily foods (scrapings from plates of cooked food).

WHEN and HOW TO HARVEST THE COMPOST?
  • When you no longer see bedding and everything looks brown and earthy;
  • Push the compost to one side and add fresh bedding.  The worms will bury themselves away from the light.
  • Add fresh food to the new bedding.  Be sure to always cover food with bedding.
  • Over the next few weeks the worms will move to the new side of bedding and food and you can scoop out the compost.

Learn more about vermicomposting by calling 570-963-2017 for a demonstration