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Vermicomposting

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Worm Composting presentation by Shelley Umezawa, The M.e.t's Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator

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Vermicomposting

  1. 1. Global WormingComposting With WormsThe Metropolitan Environmental Trust Shelley Umezawa
  2. 2. What is Vermicomposting?The process of using red wigglers and microorganism to convert food scraps into dark earthy smelling, nutrient humus.
  3. 3. Why Vermicoposting? Red Wigglers can consume their own weight in organic matter each day. Reduces household waste Provides a year round composting activity for home and/or school. Great option for apartment dweller. Amazing Fertilizer – (Black Gold) Fun
  4. 4. Your Worms Expect: Moderate Temperatures  55 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit Moisture  Breathe through their skin Ventilation  Oxygen Darkness  To keep them focused on eating and reproducing
  5. 5. Feeding Your Worms Organic Matter / Non processed food  Fruits & Vegetables, Breads & Grains, Leaves and Bedding, Coffee Grounds, Egg Shells, Tea Bags Food to Avoid  Meats, Dairy, Oils, Salty Food, Sauces, Garlic, Tomatoes, Onions, Fruit pits,
  6. 6. Using Your Castings Enrich Potting Soil Transplanting Seedlings Worm Tea Fertilize Mature Shrubs and Trees Lawn Fertilizer
  7. 7. Harvesting Worms Dump and Sort  Newspaper or plastic  Light  Container for castings Migration  Feeding on different sides of your worm bin Divide and Dump  Remove about 2/3 of your worm bin
  8. 8. Reproduction Hermaphrodites They reach maturity in 2 to 3 months They produce 3 or 4 Cocoons a week Cocoons take up to 11 weeks hatch Cocoons average 3 hatchlings each
  9. 9. What else lives in my bin? isopod (sowbug) fruit fly mite centipedewhite or pot worms mold spores springtail millipede

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