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Nature In Buckets - Saving plastic buckets from dumpsters and landfills. A concept for the community of Kincardine and Bruce Country, Ontario, Canada by the Agro-Ecology Council - Save Eath Save Lives Int'l (NGO)

 

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Vermiculture Recycling - A National Geographic Report (Author Eulalia Palomo has studied herbal and alternative medicine and worked as a landscape artist and gardener. Palomo holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies from Boston University, discuss temperature range, bedding, and bedding material with her report)


 


Not any worm will do for vermicomposting, but red worms, Eisenia foetida, also called red wigglers, fit the job perfectly (see reference 2). These light-sensitive worms feed on kitchen scraps. The worms also eat up their bedding, turning it into compost along with the rest. Red worms exist in a specific temperature range between 55 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit (see reference 1). The worms survive periods above and below this temperature, as long as the temperature range stays between 32 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the University of Nebraska.

Vermiculture Boxes

Getting started in vermiculture recycling requires a few simple materials. A box with a loose-fitting lid and 1/4-inch holes drilled in the sides and bottom keep the environment dark, facilitates drainage and allows enough air circulation so the worms don't suffocate. Ideal worm boxes, made from plastic or wood, are only 8- to 12-inches tall (see reference 1). Red worms live in the top 8 to 12 inches of the soil so a deeper box will only create room for rotting vegetable matter to collect. Boxes range in size and can cover as large an area as desired. Consider several smaller boxes rather than one big one to make managing the worm habitat easier.

Worm Bedding Material

A good bedding is the first step to preparing a vermicompost bin. The bedding provides a habitat for the worms to live in and protects them from light while staying damp. As you add vegetable scraps to the bin, the worms devour the bedding material and the compost material, turning it all into rich, dark soil. Shredded corrugated cardboard makes the best bedding, according to the University of Nebraska. It holds moisture well and provides a light bedding for the worms. Shredded newspaper and computer paper also works in the worm bin. With the increased popularity of vermiculture, commercially mixed bedding materials are showing up on the market.

Recycled Kitchen Waste

Kitchen waste builds up daily making compost a constant and ongoing process. This is ideal for red worms. Adding small amount of kitchen scraps daily allows the worms to work on the pile daily. Too much, added too quickly, will rot before the worms get around to it. Leafy vegetables and root vegetables keep worms happiest. Other materials suitable for the vermicompost bin are egg shells, coffee grounds and coffee filters, tea, fruit peelings and grains (see reference 3). Worms do not do well on a diet that includes meat and dairy products or fatty fried foods.

References

  1. University of Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County; Vermicomposting: Composting with Worms; Soni Cochran

  2. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth; Worm Composting

  3. Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension; Vermicomposting -- Composting With Worms; Sarah L. Kimball, et al.

About the Author

Eulalia Palomo has been a freelance writer since 2009, with her work appearing on various websites. She has studied herbal and alternative medicine and worked as a landscape artist and gardener. Palomo holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies from Boston University.

 

Recycle with earthworms

 

Recycle With Earthworms:  The Red Wiggler Connection (the book). This is one of our most popular books. Quote from the publisher: "This book is the best we've seen on the subject of Vermicomposting and raising earthworms has never been so easy to understand and employ. These two "master composters" share their wealth of knowledge with environment-conscious organic gardeners, hobbyists, and commercial worm farmers. Novice or expert, you'll appreciate the precise, clear, personal instructions as the authors reveal their trade secrets. Tons of illustrations and an important trouble-shooting chapter, too. 100 pages. Also, there is a companion video. Buy both the book and video and we will ship both for free. Email and ask for combo discount.

 
 

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worm bin creatures

 

This captivating video zeroes in on the tiny organisms often seen but rarely identified in a worm bin. Under Warren's microscope, well-lit colorful, and in focus, busy little creatures such as springtails and mites amuse and entertain as they busily go about in search of food or shelter. Concise, interesting, and informative narration makes this video not only fun to watch, but another excellent teaching tool for all ages.

 

worms eat our garbage

  Three creative educators collaborated to produce this guide for classroom and home. Centered around a classroom worm bin, this curriculum uses over 150 worm-related activities to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills in children grades 4-8. Rich in content in "Wormformation" paragraphs integrates science, mathematics, language arts, biology, solid waste issues, ecology, and the environment in ways that draw children into the learning process. Three sections include "The World of Worms," "Worms at Work," and "Beyond the Bin." Includes 16 appendices, resource materials, teacher's guidelines, bibliography, glossary, and index. User has permission to photocopy for use in the classroom
     

the worm book

  Worms are the latest (as well as, of course, perhaps the oldest!) trend in earth-friendly gardening, and in this handy guide, the authors of DEAD SNAILS LEAVE NO TRAILS demystify the world of worm wrangling, with everything you need to know to build your own worm bin, make your garden worm-friendly, pamper your soil, and much much more.
     

worms eat my garbage

  Three creative educators collaborated to produce this guide for classroom and home. Centered around a classroom worm bin, this curriculum uses over 150 worm-related activities to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills in children grades 4-8. Rich in content in "Wormformation" paragraphs integrates science, mathematics, language arts, biology, solid waste issues, ecology, and the environment in ways that draw children into the learning process. Three sections include "The World of Worms," "Worms at Work," and "Beyond the Bin." Includes 16 appendicies, resource materials, teacher's guidelines, bibliography, glossary, and index. User has permission to photocopy for use in the classroom.
 
 
 

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