The Wormcast: All About Vermicomposting



In this podcast episode I discuss composting with worms. Vermicomposting is a fantastic way to compost and provide valuable nutrients for your garden, here’s what you need to know to get started with your very own composting system.

Homestead Updates:

Treating rabbits for ear mites.Decision time on whether to get a different truck or fix the old one.The Big News! The Official Launch of The Homestead Forum Membership Community


Homesteading Relevant News:

UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way to Feed the World – This is an old article from 2013 but it has a link to a 300 page PDF called Called “Wake Up Before It’s Too Late” that I “mostly” agree with.

 http://www.technologywater.com/post/69995394390/un-report-says-small-scale-organic-farming-only


Hangin’ Out on the Homestead Front Porch:

Front Porch question for this week’s podcast episode:

What is one thing homesteading has brought into your life that you couldn’t imagine living without now?

https://www.facebook.com/groups/HomesteadFrontPorch/permalink/1548986808488471/


Main Topic Of Discussion:


Vermicomposting


Why Do Vermicomposting

Put food waste and trash to good use

Compost the winter time

Create a valuable product for seed starting and the garden


Build a Worm Bin

For a simple design start with 2 – 10 gallon or larger Rubbermaid bins or 2 simple 5-gallon buckets.


A better and more complex design is called a flow through vermicomposting bin.


Commercial Worm Bins

The Urban Worm Bag

Can o’ Worms

Worm Wigwam Worm Factory 360


What to Compost

When you feed worms always try to add equal portions of greens and browns!


Greens: Vegetable and fruit scraps, bread, pasta, coffee grounds and filters, teabags, dead plant matter from houseplants


Browns: Paper, junk mail, paper egg cartons, cardboard, dry leaves


Try to avoid salty foods, citrus, spicy foods, oils, prepackaged foods with preservatives, meat and dairy products because they attract flies and can cause the vermicomposter to smell.


What Kind of Worms To Use

Red Wigglers


Maintaining Proper Moisture

Needs to be about as moist as a wrung out sponge.Weekly feeding schedule


Maintaining Proper Temperature

There optimal feeding conditions range from about 60 – 75 degrees F. Below 50 and above 85 and you risk worms dying.


Harvesting Castings

Depending on your design this can be a chore.

Basic bins should be harvested 2 to 3 times a year.

Screening castings

Harvest from a flow bin


Starting A Worm Business

Building Worm Bins

Selling Composting Worms

Selling Worm Castings


Today’s Recommendations:

Support a local food producer this week.


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