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How to make Worm Tea out of worm castings

After worm composting, what then becomes of its deposits? Now this is where the organic fertilizers come into the picture. Worm by-product can simply be used in three ways: as an organic fertilizer (still in its earthy soil state) for your plants, as a soil conditioner, and as a liquid fertilizer. The liquid fertilizer that has leached out from you worm bin is what we call worm tea. There are simple how to steps in producing your very own tea from worms. So, how do you make worm tea exactly? How to create tea from worm manure Worm manure in liquid form can be a great organic soil amendment, and is definitely odorless. You can create tea from worm poop by simply preparing the needed materials for this: a worm bin, a small rake (the hand-held type), a muslin bag, a large bucket, some water, and a squirt bottle. You can start with this simple brewing process by following these easy steps: From the bottom part of your worm bin, you will see some castings on top of it. Rake these off from the bin, which you will then place directly into the muslin bag. As soon as you’ve filled the bag with worm castings, tie it right away so that you can secure the contents of it (especially when you completely submerge it into the water). You’re going to have to submerge the muslin bag (containing the castings from red wigglers or nightcrawlers, whichever worm source it was from) …

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Tips on Harvesting Worm Castings

For some worm composters, harvesting worm castings can be a very tasking thing to do. You’re going to have to try your hand at separating the castings from the worms, at a thorough manner. But then again, a lot of worm bins make harvesting easier to do, but there are also some that aren’t as conducive. You’ll know that your worm bin has been filled-up with castings as soon as you see rich, earthy soil stuff in it. It’s also easier to harvest these worm castings if you have those stackable units at home. You’ll only have to take out the bottom tray, and empty it afterwards (you can store the castings inside another container). But if you want to try other common approaches to harvesting worm poop, then you can try the following tips: Tip 1: Since red wiggler worms are sensitive to light, you can separate them from their castings by simply shunning some light on them (you can probably use a lamp or flashlight for this); and they will instantly burrow back into the bottom part of the soil. So, as soon as the worms disappear, you can then scan through some worm manure that has been casted aside. Scoop from the top pile all the way to the bottom, using either a shovel or your hands. And if you happen to scoop in some worms, you can just put them back right in their bin. Plus, you won’t have to worry about the smell or the …

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What to feed Red Wigglers

When you’re breeding earthworms, it’s not enough that you provide them a nice and comfortable bin to thrive in. You should also be able to provide the right food supply to them. So, what to feed red wigglers then, you might ask? Read on further below to know more. What to feed Red Wiggler worms When you’re raising red worms, it’s best that you feed them only what is good for their diet. There are certain organic wastes that they can eat, and also can’t eat. So, you really have to be very knowledgeable about what to feed them with. So feeding them, comes with a little bit of care and maintenance as well. Feeding red wigglers is actually simple. You’ll just have to feed them decomposing organic wastes, that have been cut or chopped into smaller pieces already; and are then buried under the ground (to sway away from unwanted visits from pests and to also avoid odor build-ups). Moving forward, the best thing that you can feed your red wigglers is animal manure. Only feed them something that has been days old already; and have been produced by vegetable eating animals, like rabbits for example (manure from pets are not as healthy especially for worm consumption). Aside from animal manure, you can also feed them the following organic wastes: Crushed Egg Shells – adds that much needed grit for the worm’s digestion. It also provides calcium, helps in the worms reproduction, and also helps in increasing the pH …

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Types of Composting Bins

There are many types of composting bins; and it all has different uses for it. But other than that, the perfect interior setting for a composter should be something that can house both moist surroundings and a warm temperature. In this way, the contents in the bin will be able to decompose right away; and then produce finished composted after some time. Compost Bin Materials There are a variety of raw materials used for making compost bins. And some of these are created in materials that are either plastic, stainless-steel, mesh wires, wood, block, brick or stones. Kitchen scraps and garden wastes on the other hand, can be composted using compost bins that vary in all shapes and sizes. You can readily purchase a bin that’s already made, or choose to make one on your own. Compost Bin Types There are composting bins that are used as holding units, or as tumbling composters. Tumblers such as a homemade compost tumbler, or tumblers in general, are said to produce finished compost faster than bins (given that the compost contents are well maintained on a regular basis). But in any case, both tools have proven themselves well when it comes to recycling decomposing organic materials. Now to get on to more interesting things, let’s discuss briefly the different kinds of composting bins. Bin Type 1: Plastic Stationary– You can use this to do some regular composting. It also has air vents or holes on selected parts of the bin (typically seen on …

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Building a Compost Bin of your own

If composting interests you, then it’s a good idea to invest on Building a Compost Bin of your own. You can even keep one (or more) for your home composting needs. But aside from that, compost bins can come in variations. And since there are also different kinds of composting, you should take note of the kind of bin that you’re going to use; as there are units that you can look into when it comes to a specific project. There are also different kinds of units for your compost. But they’re all the same when it comes to keeping all the bin’s contents (contains kitchen scraps, garden wastes, and worms for some) until the compost is finally ready for harvest. There are also indoor composters and outdoor composters that you can choose to use. You’ll just have to know what to use it specifically for. Compost bins are easier to build and won’t usually require on too much work. Bins such as this are usually smaller compared to a large homemade compost tumbler. Also, a compost bin is typically good for use if you only have a few organic materials to compost. Anyway, let’s go right ahead into making your own compost bin. Take note that there are a few things in your home that you can probably improvise, and turn into a homemade composter. But one option that you can consider is to use a plastic pail (it should at least be 2 feet high, or more). Your …

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Basic Facts and Advantages of Composting

There are many facts and advantages of composting that can be made very useful. But other than that, you should know that there are also different kinds of composting. There’s anaerobic, aerobic, and vermicomposting. You can use any of these processes when composting. You can even put into practice some home composting if you want; and all you’ll need is some organic wastes, composting bins, or just a compost pile, neatly placed in your garden or lawn. Composting makes good use of organic scraps that are usually just thrown into the trash bins. You should know that organic materials that are in the form of kitchen scraps and garden wastes can still be converted into other useful produce. It not only also helps minimize landfill accumulation, it also provides a home for earthworms (helps in aerating and loosening the soil) and other beneficial organisms. Other than that, making compost is easy and inexpensive. You’ll only need resources for compost that you can easily find at home (as previously mentioned, kitchen and garden wastes). Also, you’ll need air and moisture (for both aerobic and worm composting) to be present in the composting bin or compost heap, as well as some red worms for composting. But if you want to put in days old animal manure, then you can find these from local farms for free; much like the coffee grounds that are also being given by local shops, for no extra charge. By-products that have been created from your compost, can …

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Types of Composting

Composting has always been a good method of recycling. It not only helps breakdown decomposing organic materials (like food scraps from the kitchen, days old animal manure, grass clippings, dried leaves, and more), it also helps enhance the life of the ecosystem by making good use of its by-products. There are also three main types of composting. You’ll just have to pick which one will work better for your garden or lawn. But whether you choose one from the other, it’ll still be a good choice, as composting is eco-friendly and very cost-effective. The first kind of composting is aerobic composting. In this process, air is used to compost organic materials. You can use organic scraps that are high in nitrogen, which are usually your ‘greens’. Anyway, bacteria that is produced from wastes that have a high nitrogen content, will be the ones to generate high temperatures; and these temperatures can go as high as 160 degrees. Take note that this composting method requires much needed attention. You’ll have to turn the compost every few days or so, so that the air and temperature in your compost will rise. It should also be kept moist at all times. The decomposing process for this type is fast and usually doesn’t cause any odors. The second kind of composting is anaerobic composting. Now this is the opposite of aerobic, as it composts without having to use air. It also doesn’t require much attention, as you’ll only have to leave your organic wastes …

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Red Wiggler worms’ Life Cycle and stages

You know those slimy red worms that you use when your composting organic scraps in your yard? Well, they’re scientifically referred to as Eisenia Foetida. Red worms go by this name, and others more like Tiger worms, Manure worms, and Red Wriggler worms. Red Wiggler worms life cycle and stages can differ for each, as factors like a moist environment and overfeeding can either prolong their lifespan or not. To learn more about this worm species, you can read further below. Red Wiggler worms start out as cocoons (contains about 4 to 6 baby worms only), and begin with the Egg stage. When adult worms give birth or deliver worm eggs, their eggs will typically be in a grape seed-like size. So you can imagine how tiny it can be. But aside from that, these eggs will usually go through an incubation process of 23 days (more or less); and will then change its egg case color from golden yellow to maroon-like. These will then start to probably hatch after 3 to 4 weeks. Now after the egg stage, comes the Juvenile (young) stage. Baby worms at this point (after hatching out of their eggs) will start out with no reproductive organs but will be able to develop it after some time. They will also be just about half an inch in length size, and can be no thicker than four human hairs combined. Although they can start eating heavy already, they can be immediately used for vermicomposting. To learn …

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Composting 101: Worm Bin Composting

Worm Bin composting come in different shapes and sizes. You can either build this on your own or purchase a commercial bin. So whichever of these choices suit your taste, these still need to pass a certain standard. Your preferred vermicomposting bin should be chemical-free, should have a good aeration system, and should be handy for use all year round. Of course, your type of earthworm to use should be factored in when maintaining compost bins such as this. You might be able to see a lot of worms in your garden, and you might think that these will do. Well, you’re wrong. Simply put, these garden worms will die if you were to put them inside a worm bin. So, you’ll need the right type of worm specie that can very well live in this type of setup, like Red Wrigglers for example. These red worms are able to adapt and thrive in an environment that is filled with decomposing organic materials. You can get a hold of these red worms from local bait shops near you, or have these shipped to you instead (there are several worm farms listed in the directory and online). So when you’ve found the right specie of earthworm to raise (red wrigglers that is), then you may very well proceed to setting up your red worm bin. So to start off, your worm composting bin should have a cool, and always moist bedding. You can put in your kitchen or lawn wastes by …

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Composting 101: Organic Composting

Organic composting is one of the best ways in minimizing land fill accumulation. Not only that, composting food scraps from your kitchen or yard can also be a good way to recycle. This home composting process will also allow you to produce your own natural fertilizer, which can be used for your lawn or garden. It’s really easy to make and use, and is definitely packed with a load full of nutrients. You can do your own composting at home by simply preparing the following materials: compost pile/bin, some food scraps from your kitchen (make sure that these doesn’t contain meat, poultry, or dairy stuff as not to attract unwanted pests), some grass clippings, dried leaves, sawdust, paper towels or newspaper, a pitch fork or a garden hoe. Your first step is to put your outdoor composter in a place a bit away from the house, in the shade and under shelter such as a tree, bushes, shed or overhang. After this, add then your organic scraps from the kitchen and/or lawn into the compost bin. In addition to the previously mentioned organic scraps, you can also put in organic stuff like vegetable and fruit peels, bread, coffee grounds, tea bag filters, tea leaves, and some pulled weeds (just to name a few). Composting bins should be watered afterwards, but put in just the right amount. The contents of your bin should always be kept moist and not soggy wet. Make sure that you use water that is chlorine-free. But …

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