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School Advocate

Summer 2009

 

The Wonder of Red Wiggler Worms - School Advocate 2009

The wonder of red wiggler worms

By: Cathy Nesbitt

 

What are creepy and crawly, have five hearts, consume half their body weight in food daily, can live up to 10 years, and are great waste managers?

Worms! And what's a great way to care for our environment? Vermicomposting!

Worms are going to play an ever increasing role in waste management and soil production. Red wiggler worms (eisenia fetida) convert food scraps and paper into nature's finest fertilizer. As nature's original recyclers, they consume approximately half their weight daily!

Many municipalities have introduced organic collection programs, and backyard composting is widespread. Vermicomposting is a great alternative for use in commercial and multi-residential buildings. The solution to the garbage crisis is several solutions, one of which is worm composting. Worm composting is an excellent solution for those that do not have the space to do traditional backyard composting. As vermicomposting can be done indoors, composting continues throughout the year.

Worms turn organic materials into nutrient rich castings. Worm castings are recognized as one of nature's finest organic fertilizers. Castings (worm compost) are considered "Black Gold" among avid gardeners. Less dependence on chemical fertilizers will benefit the environment and save money too.

There are three main components to successful worm composting: temperature, air flow and moisture content. The optimum temperature is between 16- 28 C (60-80 F). Worm composting is an aerobic process meaning "with oxygen", so air holes in the worm bin are essential. Worms are approximately 90% moisture so they require a fairly moist environment. The bedding should be the consistency of a wrung out sponge.

Worm magic  - School Advocate 2009Worm composting is an excellent way to get children interested in the environment. Worms are working pets that can help your children understand nature. They see worms magically convert organics into soil. Why not employ these wonderful workers willing to work for food scraps?

Worms in the classroom offer a tremendous learning opportunity. Children learn about worm habitat, worm biology and worm composting from set up to harvest. Worm composting offers a cross-curricular learning opportunity.

The more people that are exposed to the idea of vermicomposting and composting, the better off society, civilization and the earth will be. It is our belief that vermicomposting will help solve part of the current garbage crisis. Schools, daycares, retirement homes and everyone everywhere can take up this easy, lowcost method of waste management.

For more information visit www.cathyscomposters.com or call 1-888-775-9495

 

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