Vermiculture<br />A Dark and Creepy Business Coming to Light!<br />
Background<br />Composting method throughout the year<br />Production of organic fertilizer<br />Aid to aerate garden soil...
Compost<br />Special worms<br />Redworms (Lumbricusrubellus)<br />Red Wigglers (Eiseniafetida)<br />Red Tiger (Eiseniaandr...
Worm Bins<br />Types<br />Commercial—often multi-layered<br />Commercial—automated<br />Homemade bins<br />Coolers<br />St...
Worms<br />How many will fit your needs<br />What type(s) will thrive?<br />Temperature fluctuations during year<br />Dept...
 Problems<br />Improper bedding<br />Unpalpable food <br />Unsuitable temperatures<br />Flies and other nasty visitors<br ...
Commercial Home Ventures<br />Sell worms themselves<br />Composters and bait<br />Sell castings<br />Sell worm tea<br />Pa...
Worms in Art, Music, Poetry and Cultural Practices<br />Walt Whitman “This Compost”<br />Pink Floyd “Waiting for the Worms...
Worm Recipes<br />Important and cheap source of protein<br />Worm’n’Apple Cake<br />Vermicelli with Earthworm Meatballs<br...
Vermiculture Websites<br />Unco Industries: www.vermiculture.com<br />Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm: www.unclejim.com<br />Google ...
Burlap and Desiccated Leaves<br />
Styrofoam and Plastic Worm Bins<br />
Kitchen Scrap Collection<br />
Success!<br />
Worms in garden<br />
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Basic information about what vermiculture is, how to start a worm bin in your home, some facts about the vermicuture business, worms in art, music, poetry and culture and websites

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  • Backyard with tons of cardboard aswormbait.
  • Burlap is also worm bait. I received burlap scraps from an artist who sews shoulder bags and wallets from burlap bags previously holding coffee beans. She gets them from area coffee houses and is thrilled to have another recycling use for the scraps!
  • Examples of bins to use at home. Each will have to be drilled near the top for airholes and also on the bottom for the worm tea to pass through. Either have one bin in another or something to collect the tea underneath the bin with the holes. Worm tea is also a great fertilizer.
  • Collect kitchen scraps for one week. Weigh them. For one pound of scraps, figure on 2 pounds of worms (appr. 2000).
  • Worms appeared in my yard to eat up the burlap right after the snow melted!
  • Worms attracted to cardboard in garden. Originally, garden held no worms so to see this number under one piece shows the success of using this bait!
  • Vermiculture

    1. 1. Vermiculture<br />A Dark and Creepy Business Coming to Light!<br />
    2. 2. Background<br />Composting method throughout the year<br />Production of organic fertilizer<br />Aid to aerate garden soil<br />Production of fish bait<br />
    3. 3. Compost<br />Special worms<br />Redworms (Lumbricusrubellus)<br />Red Wigglers (Eiseniafetida)<br />Red Tiger (Eiseniaandrei)<br />Nightcrawlers (Lumbricusterrestris) <br />Also great fish bait<br />
    4. 4. Worm Bins<br />Types<br />Commercial—often multi-layered<br />Commercial—automated<br />Homemade bins<br />Coolers<br />Styrofoam chests<br />Old refrigerators<br />Plastic storage bins<br />
    5. 5. Worms<br />How many will fit your needs<br />What type(s) will thrive?<br />Temperature fluctuations during year<br />Depth of bin and bedding<br />Feeding: compost or worm food?<br />Ratio of compost to number of worms needed<br />
    6. 6. Problems<br />Improper bedding<br />Unpalpable food <br />Unsuitable temperatures<br />Flies and other nasty visitors<br />Worm deaths<br />Odor<br />
    7. 7. Commercial Home Ventures<br />Sell worms themselves<br />Composters and bait<br />Sell castings<br />Sell worm tea<br />Partner with businesses to recycle<br />Vermicomposter Consultant<br />Partner with landscapers<br />
    8. 8. Worms in Art, Music, Poetry and Cultural Practices<br />Walt Whitman “This Compost”<br />Pink Floyd “Waiting for the Worms”<br />Cathedral “Enter the Worms”<br />Theatre of Ice “Gone with the Worms”<br />Use of worms as watercolor paintbrushes<br />Worm Grunting<br />
    9. 9. Worm Recipes<br />Important and cheap source of protein<br />Worm’n’Apple Cake<br />Vermicelli with Earthworm Meatballs<br />Chinese Worm Skillet Dish<br />Earthworm Scramble<br />Caramel Earthworm Brownies<br />Earthworm Meatloaf<br />
    10. 10. Vermiculture Websites<br />Unco Industries: www.vermiculture.com<br />Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm: www.unclejim.com<br />Google search on “vermicultue”<br />
    11. 11. Burlap and Desiccated Leaves<br />
    12. 12. Styrofoam and Plastic Worm Bins<br />
    13. 13. Kitchen Scrap Collection<br />
    14. 14. Success!<br />
    15. 15. Worms in garden<br />

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