How does vermicompost work?
Through the process of vermicompost, composting worms eat away decaying organic
matter such as fruits and vegetables. Once the worms eat and digest the food,
they release it as nutrient rich fertilizer.
Worms as decomposers:
Decomposers recycle degradable items into chemical nutrients like
carbon and nitrogen and release it back into its habitat. Worms
break down biodegradable items like rotting food and break it down
into nutritious soil. All you have to do to start composting is
getting a bin putting in some soil and start dumping your organic
materials, close the lid and let it start to decompose. A faster
method would be vermicompost, which is adding worms (red wiggler)
into the bin and help the decomposing process by letting them
recycle your materials. This compost is great to add into your
plants or create your own garden!
Some fun Worm Facts:
Worms have 5 hearts.
Worms can eat ½ it’s body weight every day.
Worms have a life expectancy of 10 years.
Worms do not have any bones but instead are made up of hundreds of
small rings called “segments” that expand and contract to help them
Worms are cold-blooded; their body heat is determined by their
Wigglers are most active when the temperature is anywhere between 16
degrees to 28 degrees otherwise they behave more sluggishly and eat
Each cocoon (where the eggs are stored) can hold up to 20 fertilized
eggs and hatch after 3 weeks.
Worms are both male and female!
Worms do not have teeth but instead swallow little pieces of dirt to
keep in their gizzard to ground up the food they eat.
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