​​​Sustainable Living, Education and Aquaponics

​​​​Vermiculture aka Worms!

our friend the red wiggler and enriching our soil and plants

Hey...they're cute and shy.  They have no teeth so they can't bite.  Sure, they're a little wriggly but then I start to think about what they are providing me:

They eat all our leftover vegetables, fruits, egg shells and shellfish, and even newspaper! Turning that spoiled food into rich worm castings which our crops love! They improve our soil and my aquaponic systems into a better functioning ecosystem by eating through the silt and leaving behind beneficial poop behind and adding air to the roots of plants. They provide worm castings and worm tea also known as black gold!  People pay so much money for this stuff! It will save you money on fertilizers as you'd be creating​ a natural fertilzer... compost tea!
​Compost tea!  It is a natural means to protect your crops from desease.  The healther the crop the more disease and pest resistant and the more you will produce.
​When done correctly there is no smell so you can give them a nice climate even indoors.
Vermicompost is also an orgranic process​​ and cuts out the risks for a traditional pesticide or fertilizer​​.  Its an all natural process.

Let's recap...  With worm farming we can cut down our our household waste and create a compost that's a fantastic way to provide nutrients for the food we are growing. We can do this in very small spaces and with no odor, this is a great project that can be done indoors year round.  Mmm...  Why not do this?

OKAY!!!  I'm sold.  Now I have a few worm bins with a few thousand of the little red wigglers.  I started wtih one and I've expanded a three story tower based system we created.  I was ​inspired by a seminar I attended at the Aquaponic Association in 2014 by this gentleman from Hawaii at ​Olomama Gardens, Glenn Martinez, he makes $800 a day worm farming!​  With classes offered to children and the local golf courses purchases the worm casting to keep their courses green, he has a pretty cool revenue stream coming for one mighty great beneficial creature.  If you can dig thru your soil in your back and and find worms you are for sure to have some pretty great soil to grow with.

So... new words for us to work with vermiculture or also know as vermicompost.  Vermiculture most often uses two species of worms: Red Wigglers (Eisenia foetida) and what we are working with in our worm condo. Another species of common worm used is the Red Earthworms (Lumbricus rubellus).  They love to live in the dark and live off of rotting vegitation.  We blend it up and lay it in the bins for them to feast on.  Before we know it we are expanding the condo.  Guessing its time to start releasing some of the little guys into the crop beds. 

There are tons of Youtube videos on setting up your vermicompost bins.  The one we found and seems to work really well and is pretty simple to setup. I added a cheese cloth blanket to wrap around the unit to keep out other pests that might want to also make a home in the vermicompost condo.

If you want to learn how to setup a unit we'd be happy to teach you and get you started with worms.