Vermicomposting sounds a bit exotic but what it really is all about is poop. Worm poop to be exact, an organic substance prized by gardeners and farmers alike.
The fancy looking gadget on the right is a commercially available Vermicomposter. They all work pretty much the same you place moist not wet bedding in then throw in the worms, after two days you can start throwing in your vegetable scraps. The spigot on the bottom is where the leachate that drains down through the vermicomposter from the moisture in the bedding is removed.
Actually there is a bit more to it than that but vermicomposting is really very easy once you set up your worm bin. I don’t want you to think that you can just go out get a box and then dig some worms out of the garden and then your good to go.
While a commercial composting system can get a bit pricey you can build you own I will include a couple of links at the end of the post.
The Worms Are The Secret In Vermicomposting
The type of worms that you use are red wrigglers and they the most efficient worms to do this process. They stay in the bin tend to congregate and reproduce freely. All good qualities if you are farming worms.
The first thing you should know is how much your worms will eat and how many you need. To determine how many worms you will need weigh all your kitchen scraps for a week. If you have two pounds of scrapes you will need 4 pounds of worms because a pound of worms typically consume 1/2 a pound of scrapes a week.
That would be about $80.00 worth of worms because a pound of worms is about $20.00 plus shipping and handling. I would start out slow with about a pound of worms and see how it goes as your worms increase you can start to compost more of your scrape. Generally you are looking for the worms to double in number every 6 months.
Money To Be Made
Once you have the hang of it you may want to consider expanding and selling worm casings and worm tea at the local Farmers Market. You can make a pretty penny selling to gardeners and it is a business that you can work out of your home.
For more thorough coverage about Vermicomposting use the links below.