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Questions tagged [vermicomposting]

Making compost with the use of worms

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Are the red worms suggested for vermicomposting considered an invasive species?

I'm considering vermicomposting as a next step to hot composting, and plan to release the red worms directly into my garden bed (using a worm bucket), but wanted to check before ordering a batch of ...
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Is hot composted material still beneficial to worms, or have the worm suitable nutrients already been consumed?

I have a sealed tumbler compost bin because I read that the high heat can help neutralize seeds from weed cast offs, that said I've also been considering the benefits of vermicomposting. As I pay more ...
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Can vermicompost tea be used with aquaponics?

Has anyone ever used vermicompost tea with aquaponics? I have found little formal research on the area and am curious if the two nitrogen cycles can be combined.
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What packaging should I use to ship vermicompost to customers

I know that vermicompost needs to "breathe" as it has living matter within. I've tried in vain to find out what material I should use for packaging, as I need to ship (by truck, up to 1500 km, in a ...
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Composting bones in a worm bin

I have a composting worm farm and would like a definitive answer, as what I've read so far is confusing. When adding scraps of dog bones from beef or lamb, or inedible (for small dog breeds) chicken ...
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How deep should my bedding be in my bucket vermicomposter?

I plan to set up my first vermi-composting system using red wigglers in my garage, modeled after the one shown by YouTuber Larry Hall (video link). One minor difference is that I'll use two 5-gallon (...
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Worm Bin Health

This is my first post on the Sustainable Living stack exchange, which I did not know existed. I am extremely excited to become an active member on this exchange, because I try to live as sustainable ...
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Do worm farms smell?

I live in a small inner-city apartment. I am lucky to have a small courtyard area with a modest garden. I was thinking about getting a worm farm but am worried about the smell. Obviously, up close ...
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In terms of usefulness for compost, what are good alternatives to keeping chickens?

My city's policies on keeping chickens makes it difficult to use them for their composting abilities. I'm looking for alternatives. By my understanding, chickens can take insects and weeds (two major ...
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How much garden waste can a 4x2x2 (feet) flow-through worm bin process each week?

If I start with a 4x2x2 feet (122x61x61 cm) unit half full of shredded cardboard and 5lbs (2.3 kg) of red wigglers, how long should it take for the system to be running full tilt, and how much (in lbs,...
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How can I tell whether my earthworms are healthy?

I keep a vermicompost bin and I sometimes worry that I haven't given the worms enough food or if it's not wet enough. How can I keep track of the worm's general health?
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Purpose of a bottom container beneath a worm farm

I followed a video on building my own worm farm using styrofoam boxes. The video suggested having a box underneath the main box to collect the worm castings, so it required I put holes in the base of ...
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Do I need to change the soil inside a worm farm?

I want to know if it is necessary to move a worm population to a second container with fresh soil after a period of time? If so, how often does this need to be done? I followed a DIY video from a ...
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Where should I place food in a worm farm?

I've tried searching and looking at videos on youtube but all I can find is people storing and preparing food scraps but none of people actually placing food in the worm farm. I'm wondering if worms ...
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Controling humidity of Vermicomposter in winter to prevent mold

I've recently inherited the responsibilities of taking care of a vermicomposting box. We used two of these plastic bins to make the composting box: http://torontobestmoving.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/...
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How can I manage a ton-per-month worm composting?

I already have a composting bin in my kitchen, and I'd like to upscale it to my whole building, which has 32 apartments. This is about a hundred people. I've explained why and how to my neighbors and ...
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Is mixing species in vermicomposting beneficial?

What are the consequences of mixing worm species? To increase "processing" throughput rate, would it be better to have two worm bins of x m³, where each on uses a different specie (i.e Eisenia fetida ...
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Can you vermicompost biodegradable plastics?

I'm looking for a way to recycle biodegradable plastics myself and I was thinking about putting them in my wormery. Does anyone have experience with vermicomposting biodegradable plastics? Is it safe ...
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How should I manage a worm bin that is inside a kitchen?

How should I manage my worm bin so I can keep it inside the house in my kitchen? How do I prevent odor? How do I prevent fruit fly infestations? Another question deals with how to get rid of an ...
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How to get rid of fruit fly infestation in worm composting bin?

My worm composting bin is infested with fruit flies. What can be done to get rid of the flies?
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What is in vermiliquid (worm tea)? Or perhaps more importantly, what is not in vermiliquid?

Worm farming produces vermiliquid (the liquid component) and vermicast (the solid component). A google search (with the quotes) for "What is in worm tea" or "What is in vermiliquid" returns zero ...