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Large Scale Vermicomposting

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Vermicomposting can be classified in two ways:  small scale vermicomposting and large scale vermicomposting.  The first kind is normally done at home and is intended for those who do not have big space.  The second type on the other hand is usually used by those who are business-oriented people. This is also called commercial vermicomposting wherein tons of vermicompost are produced weekly to be sold in the market.

As the usual worm composting process goes, Red Wigglers are still the best breed recommended for the process.  Though it is no longer done manually (like the shredding of newspapers for bedding, the home made worm bin and the drilling of holes for aeration), all the common needs of a composting worm is still the same.  From the temperature (50-85 degrees Fahrenheit), acidity (6.0-6.5 pH level), food requirements (organic materials except for metal, oil, acidic and chemical-sprayed foods), nothing changed.

If you feel to indulge in large vermicomposting, you have to familiarize yourself with the windrow and flow-through bed systems.  These two have their own set of advantages and disadvantages but both are equally important in producing vermicompost.  These two also come in different sizes and different prices depending on your need.  Some machines are able to produce 400 pounds of compost per day while some are able to do more.

Large vermicomposting is good especially if you are a business minded person.  Aside from your personal benefits, you can also imagine the amount of organic wastes that are recycled through Red Wiggler worms.  You won’t have to worry about the machines because no nutrient present in the compost will be lost.  With the growing demand of organic fertilizer today, your business will go a long way especially now that more and more people are hooked to worm composting.

Commercial Vermicomposting Systems

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

The widespread of worm composting has encouraged many businessmen to develop commercial vermicomposting systems that would allow multiple production of the end product.

If small vermicomposting is only done at home through the use of worm bin, large scale vermicomposting uses technologically advanced facilities to fasten the production and reproduction of Red Wiggler worms which is the most common composting worms used.  Today, we have the Windrows and Flow thru Bed systems which make large scale vermicomposting possible.

Windrow is actually a commercial vermicomposting system which requires mechanical harvester because this system makes it hard to harvest the vermicompost.  This further requires big and literally wide buildings.  To make the Red Wiggler worms happy, a hose is placed on top of the windrows to keep the worms moist especially during summer.  A windrow system can produce around 10 tons of compost weekly.

Meanwhile, flow-through system or also called raised bed system is often preferred during cold seasons.  This system no longer requires you to separate the worms from the compost when harvesting.  This is because of the fact that Red Wiggler worms are by nature surface dwellers.  This system also comes in different sizes.  The 5’x8’ size is able to process as much as 100lb of wastes per day.  The bigger the system, the more products you can have.  Another advantage is that you no longer need to turn or manually mix the materials and nutrients are kept intact.

If you have plans of exploring commercial vermicomposting systems, you have to study the two carefully before deciding which one you should buy.  They are both effective in worm composting especially if you use Red Wiggler worms but you have to check which one suits your area and your resources.

If  you loved this article, you will definitely like reading our post about Procedures for Vermicomposting.