Caring for Creation: Worm composting

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Vermicomposting

 Submitted by Dave Duncan, member of the Caring for Creation Committee
  1. MAKE [or purchase] A WORM BIN – The container should be shallow [8”–12” deep], yet large enough for the amount of kitchen trimmings [waste] you produce.
  2. ADD BEDDING – Many materials make good worm bedding, including shredded newspaper [black ink only], shredded corrugated cardboard, peat moss, leaf mold [partially decomposed leaves] or a combination of these materials.
  3. ADD WORMS – Redworms [Eisenia foetida], also known as red wigglers or manure worms, are great worms to use for vermicomposting, but other species can also be used.
  4. ADD FOOD WASTE – Food wastes that can be composted in a worm bin include, vegetable and fruit scraps, crushed eggshells, coffee grounds [and paper filters], and tea bags.
  5. HARVEST YOUR COMPOST! – Harvesting the compost [worm castings] involves separating the worms from the castings. The castings are used as plant nutrients and the worms are given fresh food and bedding so they can get back to work making more castings.

More information:

Detailed instructions for making your own worm bin

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