Monday, November 24, 2008

Harvesting organic vermicompost

I just harvested the organic vermicompost from my worm bin after leaving it for about eight weeks.

There’s a lot I have still to learn, but I’m not displeased with my first harvest – perhaps a kilo of vermicompost. It’s not all dry and in little pellets as it would be if you bought it (e.g. Worm Castings - 30lb), but that’s because they usually sieve it, and so on. I will spread it under my jasmine bush, the Rangoon creeper and use some to mix into the soil for some new plants.

Here’s a short film (three minutes) showing the process of removing the compost and restarting the worm bin.


There’s lots of information by more knowledgeable people out there of course. Virginia Cooperative Extension has a useful short guide here; and a PowerPoint here.

You can also locate vermicomposters near you at vermicomposters.com.

I’ve seen this book recommended as well:

3 comments:

PJ said...

hi may I know where do you get the earthworms from? They aren't the same as those that you get from local fish/pet shop right?

julian said...

Hi,thanks for dropping by my blog :)

Well, I don't know where you are, so I can't tell you exactly where to go. But in answer to your question, you could use those worms but normally people prefer to use worms that are known to eat a lot - 'red wigglers' are very common, and 'tiger worms' too.
You can get them on Amazon (some links here), or vermicomposters.com has maps where you might find someone local to you who has worms

J.C. said...

Interesting video and I learn something new ~ vermicompost!