Thursday, May 7, 2009

Worm Composting

This is Gabrielle and she choose to do Worm composting for a Science Fair Project, we had a BLAST! Worms are so beneficial to any raised garden beds! Our beds are LOADED w/ rich fat wiggly worms!
Fasinating WORM FACTS:
The management and breeding of worms is known as vermiculture
Worms are one of nature's ultimate recyclers
They can live for a long time (15 years or more!)
They have both male and female reproductive organs
Their eggs can survive dry and harsh conditions for long periods of time
They can be bred easily at home or school
They can be used to recycle organic waste from your kitchen into valuable fertilizer
They produce castings which have a neutral pH (around 7)
Their castings increase the amount of nutrient available to your plants by up to 10 times.
Their castings increase crop and pasture yields
They increase the level of essential microbial activity in the soil
They can consume their own body weight in food every day
They double in population every 2-3 months, in ideal conditions


The Green Mum said...


Lizzy said...

Now I'm gonna go worm hunting after I build my raised veggie bed this weekend! Thanks for the tips Zizi!

Stephanie said...

Inquiring minds want to know....If I accidently chop a worm in 1/2 while digging in the dirt will it still live? I've always wondered about this and perhaps Gabrielle knows the answer!