01 February 2009

Getting Started with Vermicomposting

-written by Ecodeaf contributer, Anthony Brucato

Here at the Plankton Cooperative House, a planktonite started the vermicomposting project last fall. He built a homemade worm house and placed it in the kitchen. Then he adopted red wriggler worms to live inside the worm house and eat our food scraps. We the planktonites experienced successes in our vermicomposting project with only one common problem. We became tired of fruit flies hanging out in our kitchen. We moved the worm house to the basement. So far, red wiggler worms are doing fine and the good news is we have not seen fruit flies hanging out in the basement yet. We think it is warm enough in the basement for red wiggler worms, but not for fruit flies. A friend of the house, who is also a vermicomposter, told us to try planting pumpkin or cantaloupe seeds inside the worm house to grow a melon forest for the worms which is mystical and magical to see. We have not tried it yet but that is something we would like to do soon. We think our worm house is too small to keep up with our food scraps. It is a lot of food scraps from eleven planktonites for the worms, so we will eventually build a bigger worm house in the spring or early summer. It is really nice to have red wriggler worms living with us.

Although it is important to know what to do and how to feed red wiggler worms before vermicomposting, it is easy and fun to do. Give it a try. :)
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  1. awesome post! make a video and show off your famous worms? i'd love to see how you add scraps and feed your worms! :)

  2. I would like to make a video of it soon. I'll put that on my list which is something I would like to do when it is warmer outside.

    When the worms are happy, they like to stand up and dance together. It is awesome to see that. No wonder they are hippies too.

    We do not feed cooked food scraps to worms, only raw food, egg shells, coffee, breads (depends) tea bags, newspapers (yup, they're into NY Times) and no dairy, oil, or meats.

    I am not an expert on vermicomposting yet. I will take over after my roommate moves out or when I have my own place, so it is good to have all of these info posted on EcoDeaf for future references.

  3. FYI - to the people who live in Western New York or Greater Rochester Area. I plan to attend.Maybe I'll see ya'll there.
    Namaste ~Tony


    Consider joining us this month for our Saturday Garden Talk series, or a Worm Composting workshop.

    Vermiculture (worm composting) for Beginners:
    Presented by Rebecca Severson
    Saturday, February 21st at 2pm
    Urban Roots Community Garden Center Cooperative

    This seminar is designed for people interested in learning the basics of worm composting. A demonstration of how to build and care for your indoor worm farm will given.

    Space is limited. Please RSVP to workshops.urbanroots@gmail.com or call Urban Roots at 716-362-8982.
    website: http://urbanroots.org/