Does It Make You SAD?
To feed your family food grown with chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Are You Tired?
Tired of throwing away food, cardboard, and paper? Loading the landfills with waste?
A Better Idea
There is a better way. Composting worms can help!
Reduce - Reuse - Recycle
Composting worms can help to reduce waste, reuse food scraps, and recycle nutrients back to our depleted soils.
Worm castings feed your plants nutrients and help to replenish soils. Simply, organically, and safely.
Doing Our Part
Composting worms can help us do our part in preserving the planet for ourselves and our children.
Iowa Worm Composting received an email the other day from a girl that said she would like a tour. Now, we give tours all the time, but this one turned out to be a little special. She introduced herself as Katelyn Folkmann, 2020 Benton County, Iowa, Miss United States Agriculture. This was not going …
Straw Bale Gardening? What the Heck is that? That was my reaction too… exactly. Straw Bale Gardening is a quasi-new method of gardening. I say “quasi-new” because straw bale gardening has been around since the 1950s and maybe even earlier. The book “Straw Bale Gardens” by Joel Karsten is bringing this unique gardening system into …
Worms in lawn… Oh My! You are tired of looking at those ugly dirt mounds in your yard. They are everywhere. Especially in the Spring. The grass is short and they make your yard look terrible. I get it… really I do. But, there are solutions. Solutions that do not involve killing all of your …
The benefits of worm castings extend far beyond growing healthy vibrant plants. Earthworm castings also benefit our soils and help to maintain a healthy Soil Food Web. Healthy soils are vital for sustainable farming or gardening. One reason no-till and permaculture practices are important is that disturbing the soil breaks up the fungal hyphae and mycelium …
A vermicompost project for beginners needs to be easy and also fun. Vermicomposting is not hard and can be fun and rewarding. If you have children in your house, that is great because worm composting will be even more fun. Who can do this? Well, anyone can and should. If you produce waste or garden, …
Advantages of vermicompost are many. We hear all the time about how vermicompost or worm castings are so good for our organic gardens. But “Why”? What makes vermicompost so beneficial? Exactly how does worm castings or vermicompost make our gardens and landscapes better? How come they are better for our plants than synthetic fertilizers? What …
How to store worm castings for the long-term and keep the biology alive. Have you ever been buried under a pile of worm castings? I mean a pile of castings so big… that you can’t use them right away? I’ve been busy with my Worm Castings Screen Harvester and I’ve got a pile like that …
Vermiculture Conference 2018 The annual Vermiculture Conference was held November 10-11, 2018 at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on the campus of North Carolina State University. This is the 19th year that Rhonda Sherman has organized and presented the Vermiculture Conference. Rhonda Sherman is also in charge of the Composting/Vermiculture Extension at North …
How to harvest worm castings is a question we get quite frequently. Harvesting worm castings is not some big secret “VooDoo Technique” that only a few people know how to do. Worm castings harvest is actually very easy to do with the right tools. There are other considerations in play though. Many times we are not …
The 2016 Vermicomposting Conference The James B. Hunt Library ( pictured above) on the campus of North Carolina State was the venue for the 2016 Vermicomposting Conference. The Conference was held June 2 – 3, 2016. This sleek, modern building seemed to be an unusual place for a meeting of worm farmers. However, the …
Composting worms are epigeic worms. These are worms that reside in above ground litter. Common types are the red worm ( AKA: red wiggler, red wriggler, tiger worm, brandling, manure worm) and European night crawler (AKA: super red, red hybrid).
These worms breed well in captivity and prefer to live and eat in organic litter. Favorite bedding materials are: leaves, grass, paper, corrugated cardboard, peat moss, coconut coir, manures, egg carton cardboard, etc. Composting worms will eat all of their bedding materials.
Their preferred foods are vegetable and fruit waste, coffee grounds and paper filters, manure, leaf litter, dried grass, etc. Worms can eat about 1/2 of their body weight daily.
Composting worms are especially suited for raising in worm bins. They breed prolifically and can double their population about every ninety days under normal conditions. They will self-regulate their population when crowded.
Their castings (poo) can be harvested and is an amazing organic soil amendment.
Worm castings (poo) are also known as "Black Gold" to gardeners in the know. Castings are known as a living biological fertilizer.
A composting worms diet is mainly the bacteria that decomposes the waste residing within it's habitat. Worms slurp up the decomposing food and bedding materials in the process.
Studies have proven that plants fertilized with worm castings have a much better germination rate, increased disease resistance, and added pest tolerance.
Castings provide nutrients to plants on an "as needed" basis. Nitrogen and other nutrients are provided as the bacteria (living in the cast) multiplies and dies off in its normal life-cycle. These nutrients are immediately plant-available in a form that the roots can readily uptake.
Bacteria is estimated to provide 70 percent of the world's nitrogen in the soil.
Worm castings smell like fresh earth and can be used indoors or out. When mixed with potting soil, castings produce some of the most amazing house plants.
Worm castings can be used in gardens and landscapes. They can also help you grow the lushest green lawn. Flowers and vegetables grow larger and produce more. Simple organic goodness.
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