Interesting Facts about Vermicomposting

Have you always been interested with vermicomposting but have never tried it before? Well, why not start now. Not only will you help mother nature in recycling your daily organic wastes, you also get to work on some very interesting organisms. To learn more, here are some remarkable facts about Vermicomposting. Vermicomposting, also known as worm composting, is a process that saves you money, recycles your organic wastes, and is also eco-friendly. This natural way of composting organic wastes is a process that involves the use of worms, and of other beneficial microbes. These worms then turn your organic scraps into a quality-made, and nutrient-filled compost (this by-product is also known as worm castings or worm manure). Worm castings help your plants and soil be at their best conditions, as these worm castings can be made into an organic fertilizer for your garden (it has an earthy smell to it); and as a soil conditioner for improving soil structure (water retention will improve). Now when it comes to what kind of worms to use, don’t use the ordinary garden worms for composting. These regular soil and garden worms will surely die if you were to use and place them inside an indoor worm bin. You should choose to use Red Wigglers for worm composting (also known as Eisenia Fetida, tiger worm, manure worm, red worm, red wiggler, brandling worm, or manure worm), since they are the best composting worms for the job; and not only that, they are the most …

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Worm Composting with Red Wiggler worms

The best earthworm species for worm composting (also known as vermicomposting) are red wiggler worms. When compared to ordinary organic composting, worm composting is better because the worms used in this type of process gets to produce more. Its by-products are nutrient-filled; and is basically a hassle-free and an eco-friendly way for recycling organic wastes. Either way, you can compost with these fascinating red worms indoors or outdoors (paves the way for a year round of composting). And just like any living thing that seeks a comfortable place to live in, Red Wiggler worms are also in need of the same thing. So before placing your compost pals in your composting bin, you should be able to prepare their bedding first. A worm bedding is usually a pile of organic materials that the worms stay and thrive in. So start by gathering materials, and then mixing all these together. These organic materials can be in the form of dried leaves, some pre-soaked and shredded newspaper or cardboard, some shredded straw, some dried clippings of grass, and some days old animal manure (don’t use pet manure for this). Your worms will also eat the materials inside the bin. So what you can further do is to put in a few more organic wastes like fruit and vegetable peels, some broken egg shells, and coffee grounds. Also, put in two handfuls of soil or sand. These materials will help provide that much needed grit for the worms to be able to digest …

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Can Worms See?

No, red worms do not have eyes. They are very sensitive to bright light. They will try to hide as soon as exposed. Where is the mouth? The worms mouth is in the first anterior segment. There is a small protruding lip just over the mouth, called prostomium. When the worm is foraging, this lip is stretching out. The prostomium is for sensing food. Do they have teeth? Red Worms have no teeth for chewing food. They grind food in their gizzard by muscle action. How do they grind food? Red Worms can only take small particles in their small mouths. Microorganisms soften the food before worms will eat it. Compost Worms have a muscular gizzard. Small parts of food mixed with some grinding material such as sand, topsoil or limestone is ingested. The contractions from the muscles in the gizzard compress those particles against each other, mix it with fluid, and grind it to smaller pieces. If a worm is cut in two, will it grow back? It depends on where the cut took place. If a worm is cut at the posterior end, sometimes a new tail will grow back on. Sometimes a second tail will appear next to a damaged tail. However, the posterior half of the worm can not grow a new anterior (head.) What Are The Other Critters In My Composting Worm Bin? What Are The Other Critters In My Worm Bin? Once your composting worm bin has been going for a while, you may …

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