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Harvesting Your Vermicompost

finished compostThere is no exact point in time when the bottom processing tray is ready to be emptied, but it generally takes 3-4 months to complete the first tray. Once you have multiple processing trays working at one time and your worm population has increased, you should be able to harvest compost about once a month, although this varies. When the material is nearly black and the chunks of matter are small and crumbly, your compost is ready to be harvested.

*Finished Compost should be dark, crumbly, and moist, like used coffee grounds.

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Why Everyone Should be Vermicomposting

compost3If you Vermicompost you will reduce the amount of garbage being transported out of America - The average American produces a ton of waste each year. Estimated 1/2 to 1/3 of household waste is organic matter. Worms produce beautiful black castings - a nitrogen rich natural fertilizer. Totally organic and one of the best soil additives on the planet. Use worm castings in house plants and gardens.

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Is Bedding more important than food?

 If you’re a worm it is. The right stuff provides oxygen, moisture, access to mates, prevents odor and makes composting easy even for beginners.

Bedding should provide air pockets so it needs to have some bulk and not squish easily – think torn cardboard. Those little ridges inside the cardboard are pathways and restaurants. Paper is great carbon, it is made from trees you know. If you mix shredded paper with grass clippings then the grass clippings won’t produce that telltale stench – you know the one that tells your neighbors exactly where your compost pile is. Always add more carbon than nitrogen 20 to 1 is fine and more carbon won’t hurt.

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Feed Your Worms Well

NO meat, bones, citrus, onion or oil  No yard waste that has been treated with pesticides or herbacides

Also - read about bedding because that is food too.

Red Wigglers (composting worms) like a balanced enviroment, not acidic or alkaline, and more browns than greens. The smaller the pieces that faster the worms will compost them.

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