What is Vermicomposting?

Vermicomposting is a composting method that uses earthworms to supercharge the process of organic waste conversion. Earthworms feed on organic waste material (vegetable scraps, egg shells, strawberry tops) and, through their digestive process, turn it into granular excrement castings called vermicompost.

Which worm varieties are ideal for vermicomposting?

There are nearly 3,600 types of earthworms. They fall into two categories: burrowing and non-burrowing. Among these types, the most ideal for compost making is Eisenia foetida, also known as red wiggler worms. You can find them at many nursery suppliers or online.

What types of material can go into a vermicomposter?

In general, worms can process just about any type of organic, biodegradable material, from kitchen scraps and coffee grounds to dry carbon-based materials like straw and leaves to poultry litter, dairy wastes and a lot more.

How quickly do worms convert organic material?

The average earthworm can eat and excrete half its body weight in organic material per day. As the worm population grows and multiplies, this capability only increases. To create an efficient vermicomposting system, you’ll want to start with one pound of worms. One pound of worms can consume up to 3.5 pounds of food waste per week!

How can vermicompost be used?

Vermicompost contains a much higher percentage of both macro and micronutrients than standard garden compost. As such, it enhances plant growth, suppresses disease in plants, increases microbial activity in the soil, and improves water retention and aeration.

If you’re able to extract vermicompost tea — the liquid produced during the composting process — you can apply it directly to foliage on your plants. This can help suppress plant disease. Cool, right!?

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Hannah K
Hannah K2 months ago

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Diane E
Diane E2 months ago

I have one of these composters for left over vegetables and some garden waste.

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Elizabeth M
Past Member 2 months ago

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David C2 months ago

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Leo Custer2 months ago

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