Help: My Worms Are Escaping!

Help: My Worms are escaping! Many vermicomposters fear that their African Nightcrawlers might escape their bins. There are a few main causes behind their departure.  Below are some of the common causes of escaping composting worms: 1. Too much moisture This is the number one cause of worms leaving worm bins. It is very common […]

Vermicomposting: Getting Started

Vermicomposting:Getting Started What is vermicomposting? Vermicomposting is the process of using composting worms to transform organic waste into vermicompost/vermicast, one of the best fertilizers known to man. What kind of worms are used? In the Philippines, the African Nightcrawler is the best species to use. These worms are NOT found in your garden. Rather, they […]

Pre-composting Substrate/Bedding​

Pre-composting Substrate/Bedding Farmers in the Philippines often vermicompost by first pre-composting substrate before letting the worms take over. This breaks down the substrate, making it safe for the worms. For others, including most households, pre-composting would be impractical. Instead, we skip this and use low nitrogen substrate such as newspaper, cardboard and rotten leaves as […]

Help: Dealing With Pests

Help: Dealing with Pests TL;DR Most pests aren’t harmful to your bin. However, in large amounts, they can be not just annoying, but even deadly for the worms. The key then is in prevention—keep your bin just moist, moderate feeding, and make sure there’s always enough bedding. If your bin already has pests, you can […]

Overfeeding

Overfeeding I recall the first time I purchased African Nightcrawlers. I read everywhere: “Worms can eat double their weight everyday; Worms eat one and a half times their weight daily; Worms eat as much as their own body weight everyday.” Excited as I was, I purchased worms and, dumped cups of food everyday. Not a […]

Brewing Worm Tea

Brewing Worm Tea If you have been learning about vermicompost and its uses, you may have come across worm tea/vermi tea. However, worm tea is often misunderstood. Read on to learn what worm tea is and what its uses are. What Is Worm/Vermi Tea? It is a common misconception that the leachate that collects on […]

Harvesting Vermicompost

Harvesting Vermicompost When Should I Harvest Vermicompost From My Worm Bin? Now that your setup has been ongoing for a while, you are probably wondering when your worm bin is ready for harvest. The short answer: harvest when almost all of the bedding and food is turned into vermicast. If there’s too much bedding left, […]

Pre-composting Substrate/Bedding

Pre-composting Substrate/Bedding Here in the Philippines, farmers often vermicompost by first anaerobically pre-composting substrate before letting the  worms take over. This breaks down the substrate, making it safe for the worms. Others, however, skip this step, and instead use low nitrogen bedding as substrate. Although it is feasible for farmers with large expanses of land, […]