Worm Compost Bin Bonus

 
Worms,
Red Wigglers,
Eat my garbage,
During the long winter.
 

Peels,
Apple cores,
Wilted brown lettuce,
Goes into the Vermiposter
 

Soil,
Amended by
Rich worm castings,
Will rejuvenate house plants.
 

What
Strange thing
Is this growing,
Beside my sturdy Bougainvillea?
 

Seeds,
From tomatoes,
Are not composted,
But nourished to grow.
 

Fruit,
that grows
supported and tall,
My worm bin bonus.
 

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2 thoughts on “Worm Compost Bin Bonus

  1. Hello Minkee, congratulations to your great blog! The more people know about worms and worm farms the better!

    I would like to share some of my experiences with your readers and explain the difference between worm castings and worm compost. Both are great byproducts of the activity of worms but are not exactly the same.

    Worm compost is by many people wrongly referred to as worm castings.

    Although both products are similar and have lots of benefits for garden soil and plants, they are not exactly the same.

    Worm castings are pure worm poop, while worm compost or vermicompost is worm poop mixed with decomposing organic material.

    Both products form an integral part of fertile soil.

    Without them the rejuvenation of garden and farm soil would be greatly hampered.

    Earthworms like Lumbricus terrestris as well as the domesticated red wigglers (Eisenia Fetida / Eisenina Foetida, Eisenia Andrei and the European night crawler (Eisenia Hortensis) are some of the best known earthworm species worldwide.

    All of the above mentioned are omnivorous and able to convert large amounts of decomposing organic materials into nutrient rich worm castings.

    They will eat anything that has ever been alive and is now dead. The worms are not interested in fresh organic materials but rather those that have already started to decompose.

    As the worms move through the soil their mouth works like a vacuum cleaner.

    They don’t have teeth and virtually suck their way through their environment.

    While doing so they don’t differentiate between soil particles with or without nutritious value.

    They swallow it all, digging their way forward through the upper layers of their living space.

    The food moves down to the gizzard, a special kind of stomach that grinds down the food particles before they move further down the digestive tract of the earthworms.

    During the digestion process the soil and nutritious parts of the food mix will get combined into a sticky moist solution.

    The earthworms absorb the nutrient content of this mix and deposit the remaining soil particles as worm castings on the soil surface.

    Many gardeners have seen the small dark hills of worm castings on their lawn.

    These small hills might look initially disturbing to the eye of the avid gardener but they help to ensure a continuously healthy lush green lawn.

    Worm castings are a slow release organic fertilizer that contain all the nutrients and trace elements that plants need.

    It will only release its nutrients when the plants need them.

    Worm castings are infinitely richer in nutrients and trace elements than any regular top soil.

    Many worm farmers who want to harvest their worm bin don’t want to wait for the worms to finish of all the worm food completely.

    They make use of all the produced worm castings as well as the remaining decomposing organic material and add them to their garden soil.

    This mix of worm castings and unfinished worm food is the actual worm compost.

    Like worm castings vermicompost has the ability to hold large amounts of moisture for the benefit of the surrounding plants.

    In my own earthworm intensive gardening experiments I experienced a single tomato plant that bore more than 500 tomatoes in a period of 3 month and Swiss chard plants that grew tasty green leaves up to half a meter / 20 inches in size.

    ———

    Vermicompost is as well very useful when you want to transplant your small seedlings. Visit my friend Juanita’s page “Vegetable Gardening Made Easier” where she will tell you all you need to know to successfully transplanting your flowers, trees and vegetable plants.

    ———-

    Worm compost is a fantastic soil conditioner that is available free

    of charge for those who are involved in worm composting.

    One of the advantages of adding vermicompost to the soil is that it offers plenty of food for the earthworms living in the soil.

    And over a period of time they will convert the worm compost into worm castings.

    Kind regards and happy worming

    • Thanks for all the info Stephan. I had a little booklet when beginning the process, but your reply adds all kinds of insight and detail I missed in the excitement of just getting the worm bin started And since I’ve never had any problems with the bin, I haven’t found the need to go back and expand my knowledge. Still, it’s better to get the details right if I’m going to blog about something, so your comments are appreciated.
      ~Minkee

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