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Using Can-O-Worms and Red Worms for Vermicomposting

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

can-o-worms for vermicomposting

If you’re a recycling enthusiast, then the Can-O-Worms stacking unit is the best composting system for you, especially if you’re into using Red Worms for Composting. The can-o-worms composting unit has an odorless approach to recycling, and is very user-friendly. The results that you may get from composting your daily organic wastes will definitely help you enrich your garden; and also help you in minimizing landfill accumulation. It can be simply placed inside your home (for indoor houseplants), or anywhere in your backyard. It’s that accessible and convenient to have around.

How to Set-up the CAN-O-WORMS

You can start by putting you worm bin together right away. Make sure that food is made available (inside the bin) before the worms arrive (you can buy red worms from any local bait shop or from us!). But aside from that, prepare your bedding materials for your worm bin. You can use coconut coir for the bedding, with some warm water to help moisten it.

So, going back to the your can-o-worms, you may now proceed to fixing the five legs into the holes of the collector tray (lightly hit the tray down to fasten the legs to it). Now, screw in the spigot from the outer part of the bin (this tap drain feature on the bottom tray will help in collecting the worm tea).

After that, set-up the base tray with a layer of newspaper (about 4 pieces), while covering the holes. Now, put in some of your water soaked coconut coir, and then squeeze these so that the excess water will be removed. Make sure that the bedding for your worms (used for organic composting) should be moist, and not soaking wet. Anyway, when you’re done with the bedding materials, you may now mix in some soil, and two handfuls of organic waste (you may put kitchen scraps and garden wastes on top of the coir). Next, envelop it with some presoaked newspaper again (about 4 inches thick). As soon as you get a hold of your worms, you may immediately place them on the surface, just underneath the layer of newspapers.

What to do next

Of course, you were only able to arrange the first tray, so when do we add the remaining ones? When the first tray has finally been filled up with worm castings (when the height of the bin contents have reached two inches on top of the trays inner ribs), then you may place another tray. You can put in about an inch worth of worm farm compost into the new tray. But do make sure that the first tray still comes into contact with the base of the second tray. The second tray should then be topped off with a new batch of wet newspaper (should be damp). Also, you can only start harvesting the worm castings as soon as the third tray gets full. You may then empty the bottom tray, and then place it on top as the new upper tray.

You also have to keep the can-o-worms and red worms for composting well-maintained at all times. Your red worms will surely travel back down if the temperature in its environment gets too watery, or if it gets too hot. So, one of the things that you can do is to clean the collector tray probably once a month.

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Our Can-O-Worms will help you harvest your worm casts in an instant. Not only that, it’s user-friendly and is ideal for use, especially for first time composters and kids. It also has a handy tap, for where to collect and dispense that valuable ‘Worm Tea’. It also comes complete with a collector tray, five push-fit legs, a plastic drainage tap, and more!

To know more about the product, check the Can-O-Worms here.