Red Wiggler Worms & Their Castings
in a Vermicomposting Bin

We're lucky that very little yard waste is generated during winter months when cold temperatures make composting tough in Nebraska. But, don't think you can't compost in the winter...

You are always creating food waste in the kitchen and it has to be disposed of.

Vermicomposting is the process of using worms and micro-organisms to turn kitchen waste into a black, earthy-smelling, nutrient-rich humus.

Staff in our office have used vermicomposting bins at home and in the office. A vermicomposting bin is easy to make and maintain. And, you keep it right indoors where it is warm.

Hey Kids: Looking for a great Science Fair Project? Make your own vermicomposting bin. If your fair is in March or April, you'll need to get started now!

For information on starting your own bin, visit HERE:

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In the photo above, you can see two adult redworms (red wigglers) in the nutrient-rich compost. There are thousands of these worms in this bin. The compost is the result of worms eating the newspaper bedding and non-fatty kitchen wastes. Their droppings are called "castings".

At the right are moist shredded newspapers. This is the new bedding for the worms. After a few days, the worms will leave the area that has been composted and move into the new bedding. Once the worms move, the compost will be removed and used as a soil amendment for plants.

Do you see the arrow? At the tip of the arrow, is a tiny gold-colored capsule. That is a worm cocoon (egg). Inside the tiny egg are one or two baby worms.

When properly maintained, these bins have very little odor (other than smelling like damp soil). As for insects and rodents, if you take care of your bin - you won't have a problem.

Note: In the photo, the bedding appears damper than usual because the bin is in the process of being changed over to fresh bedding.

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