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Vermiculture Steven M. Brown University of Massachusetts Vermiculture is…. Composting with red worms ( Eisenia foetida ) for… Fishing worms To get rid of kitchen wastes To create the “perfect” soil for houseplants Saves money and the environment Vermicompost is one of the final products

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Vermiculture

Steven M. Brown

University of Massachusetts


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Vermiculture is….

  • Composting with red worms (Eisenia foetida) for…

    • Fishing worms

    • To get rid of kitchen wastes

    • To create the “perfect” soil for houseplants

    • Saves money and the environment


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Vermicompost is one of the final products


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Can you believe this is a working vermiculture container?


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Worms are a product too….


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To get started you need…

  • Bedding for the worms

    • Shredded paper

    • Torn up newspaper

    • Old bark mulch

    • Peat moss or hay

    • Dried leaves

    • Sticky parts on envelopes


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And you need…

  • Water

  • Crushed egg shells (for calcium)

  • Sand or dirt (for grit)

  • Lime (so the soil stays “sweet”)


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Here it is…..


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Essentials….


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You need a container…

  • Wooden box

  • Cardboard box

  • Clay pots

  • Clean trash barrels


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Cardboard Box


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Clay pot


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Tender loving care….

  • Avoid freezing temperatures

  • Keep moist

  • Feed us


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Feed us…


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Also feed us…

  • Fruit peeling, cores

  • Vegetable trimmings

  • Rotten potatoes

  • Coffee grounds and tea bags

  • Corn cobs (yahoo)

  • House plant trimmings


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DON’T


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Be cautious about…

  • Fats or cheeses

  • Too much citrus rinds

  • Horse bedding (may be toxic)

  • Meat and bones


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Harvesting

  • To keep the bin going…

  • Remove half of the bedding and replace it with fresh materials….

  • The worms will follow!


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Harvesting


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Harvesting for Houseplants

  • Separate worms from the decomposed bedding

  • Place in a large plastic or clay pot with drainage holes

  • Put the large pot on top of the bin

  • After a while, the worms and hatched eggs will migrate back into the bin


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Harvesting for Houseplants


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Harvesting for Worms

  • When all the fresh food is gone…

  • Empty out the contents into a conical pile

  • Shine a light on the pile

  • The worms will migrate down

  • Collect the worms


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Harvesting the Worms


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The grande finale

  • A big hairy closing goes here!


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