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Vermicompost (aka Recycling with Worms)
Would you like to RECYCLE using WORMS Yes these little critters are known as “Nature’s Recyclers.” If you’d like to learn how to recycle using WORMS see the following tips:
The BEST worms to use are Red Wigglers.
Given prime conditions the red wiggler worm can double in population in three months and ingest its own weight or more in food every day.
Make a special BIN where they can do their recycling work!
Be sure to put the bin on a tray of some sort to catch any drips but do not plug up the holes in the bottom of the bin because it will get soggy, stinky and the worms won’t like it!
Placing the bin on some blocks (bricks pieces of wood or whatever) will prevent soggy bottoms!
Use leaves & cardboard and some torn up newspaper or shredded paper is needed also – keep it damp like a sponge. We always soak our bedding in the sink first and squeeze it out before taking it to the worms.
You need 6-8 inches of bedding in the bin, then put the worms in and feed on the top. Cover with a piece of cardboard. Next time you feed just pull the cardboard back and dump the scraps on top and replace cardboard.
Coloring_Sheet_#1_PDF Worm Composting Have a special location for the worm bin.
The laundry room, basement or garage is a good spot for a bin. Some people even keep them under the kitchen sink – it really depends on the size of the bin. However, don’t let them get too cold, try to keep them in a location that will never be colder than 50 degrees.
It would be good to put the worms in their new home as soon as possible and not feed right away. Leave them for 24-48 hours to acclimatize to the new location. Then you can feed a little at a time to see how quickly they consume the amount placed inside the bin.
Don’t give them too much light.
They do not like light but must have enough air. If you use something like a Rubbermaid tub you must drill holes, top, bottom and all sides. We encourage you to use an old GSI Recycle Tub – think reuse!
Download this Composting with Worms coloring sheet today!
Do not over-feed the worms.
Remember…as long as you feed them right there is no smell. Give a little and check to see how long it takes them to eat it, that will give you an idea of how much and how often. We found that running scraps through a food processor makes them mushy – just the way worms like their food. Don’t leave food sitting in bin too long because it gets moldy and they won’t eat it (and it will smell).
Also, don’t bother them too much! You can leave them for up to 2 weeks and they will be fine.
What You Need To Build a Happy Worm Home:
- RED WIGGLERS – you can purchase these online or call our office for details on where to get them locally
- Drill – to make holes in sides of bin and /lid
- Tray for bottom
- Blocks or Pop Cans to lift bin above the tray
- Damp leaves/shredded paper & cardboard
- Shredded computer paper