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Vermicomposting takes food scraps from you kitchen compost bin and makes nutrient-rich soil

Easy Guide to Vermicomposting

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Vermicomposting is for the gardener who’s not afraid to get their hands dirty. This method of composting makes richer compost quicker. Plus, kids love worms as pets!

 

You’ll Need:

  • A CompoKeeper (kitchen compost bin for collecting food scraps)
  • A worm bin (buy a worm farm or build your own)
  • Worms (red wigglers)
  • A spray bottle with water

 

Basic Steps:

  1. Build bedding in the bottom of your bin with 3 inches of coconut coir covered with a layer of dry, shredded paper.
  2. Add your worms and let them become acquainted with their new home for 1-2 days before adding any food.
  3. When it’s time to add food:Let your worms feast before adding more.
      1. Dig into one corner of the bin.
      2. Line the area with shredded paper/cardboard/junk mail.
      3. Add a small amount of food at a time, keep in mind you can only compost as much of the food waste s your worms can handle (rule of thumb: 1 cup per pound of worms).
      4. Add another layer of shredded paper, covering the food scraps, to keep fruit flies away.
      5. Hydrate the contents with 10-20 sprays from the water bottle, evenly distributed.
  4. Let your worms feast before adding more.
  5. Harvest your finished compost. Voila! You’re vermicomposting!

 

vermicomposting starts with a worm bin

 

Trash to Treasure:

 

Tips & Tricks to Vermicomposting:

  • Worms eat faster when the bits are smaller. To speed up the process, cut food scraps into smaller pieces before feeding them to your worms.
  • Maintain the right temperature; your worms will die if their environment gets too hot or too cold.
  • Maintain the right amount of water. If it’s really damp, add more paper. If it’s too dry, add water.
  • Sprinkle in a handful of garden soil into the bin to help the worms digest.

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