If you are really interested in starting vermicomposting, you must be equipped with all the knowledge regarding the processes of worm composting. It is neither just a game nor an experiment. This is something that can be done at the comfort of your home and it will not require much time, money and effort from you.
We start with the worm bin. You can choose to either buy or make your own. Containers that are no longer needed at home but are still clean will do. Just drill some holes to that container to ensure that oxygen can enter the bin. Second is the bedding. Never let it too dry or too wet, just keep it moist. You can use grass clippings, shredded newspapers and magazines as your bin’s bedding. It is important that you always maintain a temperature of 50-80 degrees Fahrenheit because composting worms are very particular with their environment.
Talking about composting worms, Eisenia Fetida or Red Wiggler worms are strongly recommended because they survive in organic materials. This type has the ability to dig deeper allowing the soil to be more fertile. Thus, this is the perfect worm for you in vermicomposting. When you already have them, place them carefully inside the bin and that’s where your monitoring begins.
When it comes to food, Red Wiggler worms will already be happy with organic materials like tea bags, coffee grounds, fruit peelings, vegetable scraps and a lot more. Just don’t feed them with dairies and any other foods that will invite insects in the bin. Remember to always give them the right amount do not overdo it. To guide you, these composting worms eat as much as their body mass.
When these procedures are properly followed, it just takes around 1-3 months before you have the compost which will then serve as the natural fertilizer for your plants. In harvesting, you can do either the dump and sort process or the changing sides method.
Good luck and enjoy your time for vermicomposting!
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