Tuesday 7 July 2015

Making Vermicomposting Easy with a Worm Factory

What is it?

Vermicompost is the product of composting organic material using worms such as red wigglers (Eisenia Fetida) or earthworms, to create a blend of decomposed vegetables, food waste, bedding materials and worm manure (or worm castings). Vermicompost is a high grade natural, organic fertilizer that can be used to enrich soil. (Usually mixed with soil in a 1:10 ratio of vermicompost to soil).

Worm castings on average contain 5 times the available nitrogen, 7 times the available potash, and 1.5 times more calcium than found in average topsoil. The nutrients are water-soluble and are immediately available to plants. In addition, worm castings are 50% higher in organic matter than soil that is not moved through worms.

How Does It Work?

Green waste and brown waste (or paper waste) are consumed by red wiggler worms and bacteria to produce the rich fertilizer. The keys to success are maintaining the right temperature, moisture and oxygen levels. The Worm Factory is designed to make it easy to keep these levels optimum.

As a general rule of thumb, worms can eat half of their weight in food per day! This means if you start with a pound of worms they can eat a half a pound of food per day. As your worm population grows, they will be able to process more food at a faster rate.

The Worm Factory is simple to set up and operate requiring less than 15 minutes a week to manage. Included is a comprehensive instruction guide that makes setup easy and gives detailed tips on how to best manage it year round. Start with the bottom tray and bedding material included. Add 1 lb of worms and start filling the tray with household waste. When the first tray is full, stack another on top. Each tray has a grid bottom, so the worms will automatically migrate upward as new food is added. 

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