Help: My Worms Are Escaping!

Help: My Worms are escaping! One of the most common fears of vermicomposters is their African Nightcrawlers escaping the bin. However, there are a few main reasons why this happens.  Below are some of the most common issues encountered by vermicomposters. 1. Too much moisture This is the number one cause of worms leaving worm […]

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 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, […]

Help: Dealing With Pests

Help: Dealing with Pests 1. Ants According to most sources, ants are alright to have in worm bins. Though ants may help in breaking down your worm bin’s contents, some species will prey on the worms. Other ants may not attack your nightcrawlers. However, in high amounts, they will compete with the worms for the […]

Overfeeding

Overfeeding I recall the first time I purchased African Nightcrawlers. I’ve 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 3 kgs. of worms and so, I dumped 3 […]

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, […]