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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.

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Steven M. Brown

University of Massachusetts

vermiculture is
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
to get started you need
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
and you need
And you need…
  • Water
  • Crushed egg shells (for calcium)
  • Sand or dirt (for grit)
  • Lime (so the soil stays “sweet”)
you need a container
You need a container…
  • Wooden box
  • Cardboard box
  • Clay pots
  • Clean trash barrels
tender loving care
Tender loving care….
  • Avoid freezing temperatures
  • Keep moist
  • Feed us
also feed us
Also feed us…
  • Fruit peeling, cores
  • Vegetable trimmings
  • Rotten potatoes
  • Coffee grounds and tea bags
  • Corn cobs (yahoo)
  • House plant trimmings
be cautious about
Be cautious about…
  • Fats or cheeses
  • Too much citrus rinds
  • Horse bedding (may be toxic)
  • Meat and bones
  • To keep the bin going…
  • Remove half of the bedding and replace it with fresh materials….
  • The worms will follow!
harvesting for houseplants
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
harvesting for worms
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
the grande finale
The grande finale
  • A big hairy closing goes here!