Vermicomposting - Worm Composting
Vermicomposting, or worm composting, is an organic process. This organic
composting process utilizes earthworms, that ingest plant matter, and excrete
nutrient rich, natural, and very organic worm castings. Earthworms create
worm casting equal to their weight every day. Experienced gardeners highly
value worm castings.
Did you Know? It was only a few centuries ago, that people thought
garden earthworms were a bad thing. Many people confused them with snakes.
Others considered them a garden pest, and tried to rid their gardens of
Composting - This is the process of decomposing plant matter into
a nutrient rich soil to help organically feed your
is accomplished in a variety of ways, from passive compost heaps (or piles)
to compost tumblers, which can quickly turn your raw materials into finished
compost. More on Composting.
Vermicomposting - This is the process of creating and harvesting
castings. You feed worms plant materials. The worms excrete rich worm castings.
The castings are separated from the worms themselves, and from the rest of
Worm Composting - This is generally synonymous with vermicomposting.
However, many people use this term to describe the process of converting
raw plant materials into finished compost by using worms to help do the job.
This compost contains both the decomposted material and castings.
Worm Farms - Vermicomposting is the composting process. Worm farms
are where the process is performed.
Worms - Red worms and earthworms are the common residents of a worm
Worm Castings - After eating and digesting plant matter, the worms
excrete castings. You could call it "worm manure". Organic castings
are highly valued by gardeners.
Armed with the definitions above, you are now ready to become a worm farmer
who practices vermicomposting (worm composting), to harvest worm castings.
Not all Worms are Equal:
There are virtually thousands of varieties of worms, found all over the world.
Two types of worms are best known to gardeners. They are:
Red Worms - These little guys are the most often used for worm composting.
Most people who have worm farms prefer to use efficient, hard working red
Nightcrawlers - Those big, fat worms that fisherman seek, are good
composters, too. They are also effective aerators, helping to loosen the
soil so plant roots can spread easier. Their big, deep tunnels and
burrows allow water and moisture to penetrate deeper into the soil where
your plant's roots are. Nightcrawlers also leave plenty of worm castings
deep in the soil.
Australian Worm Farm - The worms in this farm will work hard
for you. They ingest plant matter, and "cast off" nutrient rich worm castings.
It takes a lot of worms to manufacture enough castings to meet most gardeners
needs. So, you pay a steep price for store-bought worm castings. This worm
farm will produce a constant supply for all of your gardens. It also captures
the liquid "worm casting tea", which you can use on indoor and outdoor
Worm Casting Liquid Fertilizer - Your indoor and outdoor plants will
love worm castings tea. Easy to use tea bags provides an organic, liquid
fertilizer for all of your plants.
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