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How does Vermicomposting Work?

Updated on December 18, 2011

Worm composting is a process by which you turn organic waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer. This is with the help of composting worms. If you search the net, you’ll read vermicomposting FAQs and one of which is, can it be done at home? For those who have limited space at home, they can do the small scale vermicomposting while those who are into vermicomposting for business purposes, large scale is suitable.

Vermicomposting or worm composting begins with materials like worm bin, bedding, composting worms and organic wastes. We have commercial bins in the market but for those with limited budget, they can make their own. Any of the two will do. If the bin is all ready, the composting worms (Red Wiggler worms are recommended) can already be placed inside. The process would then begin.

When you give the organic materials (tea bags, coffee grounds, grass cuttings, kitchen scraps and fruit peelings), the worms will literally feed on those.  Red wigglers can eat as much as their body weight so you will be able to recycle much waste.  You can bury the foods for about 3 inches so the worms can look after them.  Then, once they feed on those, they will release castings.  Now these castings are the end product called vermicompost.  Common Vermicomposting FAQ is harvesting.  To harvest, let the worms climb to another bedding leaving their waste behind.

Just to reach the completion of your project, you have to look closely on the composting bin and the worms. Make sure that the temperature of 50-85 degrees Fahrenheit is maintained while the bedding should always be moist. Worms breathe through their skin so an environment too dry or too wet is not good at all.


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      Ema Rittenhouse rosales 6 years ago

      wow.....its very interesting...i will do this to the science fair in my school....good information!!