Using my worm composter correctly
I CHOOSE A GOOD LOCATION
The vermicomposter can be perfectly placed inside the house. It is even the ideal place! It does not emit an odor and the temperature remaining fairly constant, the worms will develop optimally. It will therefore find its place in a laundry room, a stairwell, a hallway or even in the living room. It can also be placed outside (balcony, veranda), depending on the space available. In all cases, it will be necessary to verify that the conditions remain appropriate for the development of the worms.
Temperature: between 15 ° C and 25 ° C
Moving away from this range, earthworm activity will slow down and their population may decline. Weather permitting, the vermicomposter can be left outside, but it is important not to expose it to direct sunlight, and heavy rain can drown the worms if the vermicomposter is not sheltered. When cold nights arrive, the vermicomposter should be kept indoors.
Since the decomposition process requires a good supply of oxygen, we must ensure that there is air circulation around the vermicomposter and that an air exchange takes place between the inside and outside of the vermicomposter. this last.
I CREATE A BEDDING AND I ADD MY WORMS
In order for the worms to perform their work effectively, it is necessary to provide them with an adequate living environment: the litter.
It helps to: retain moisture well, promote good ventilation and provide a material rich in carbon (to balance with nitrogen-rich waste)
When the engine starts :
I place a 20-25 cm layer of litter at the bottom of the box. I add water to the dry matter. The litter should be moist, but it should not drip. As the vermicomposting process unfolds, the organic waste added to the vermicomposter usually provides all the moisture required. I place my worms in the wet litter and give them an adaptation period of a few days before starting to feed them.
Over time :
I add litter regularly, which helps absorb odors and moisture. It provides a source of carbon to balance decomposition and makes food inaccessible to fruit flies.
I BRING THE APPROPRIATE WASTE TO THE WORMS
I let my worms acclimatize a few days before feeding them.
I add my organic waste to the litter and cover with a little litter.
When using more than one stacked bin, wait until the lower bin is full and add an additional bin, always covering with a little litter.
I HARVEST AND USE MY LOMBRICOMPOST
More than just a fertilizer, vermicompost is one of the richest amendments available for gardening.
Harvest after three to six months: The resulting vermicompost is a dark brown granular material, a mixture of worm droppings and partially decomposed organic material. The more advanced the decomposition process, the richer the vermicompost.
I HARVEST AND I USE MY WORMTEA
A liquid, also called "lombrithé", is formed during the decomposition of waste. Indeed, the activity of worms and bacteria releases the water contained in organic waste. This water filters through the vermicompost already produced and is loaded with fertilizing elements to become a liquid fertilizer.
For systems with a tap, simply open it slightly and collect the precious lombrithé. For systems with a collection box, empty into a pot occasionally.