Progressing with vermicomposting

Since we started to familiarise with vermicomposting we have made great progress. We have purchased a Lombribox and now we recycle all the organic waste but meat, fish and milk products.

Vermicomposting is a process through which worms transform organic waste into fertiliser for our plants.

Here you have 3 pictures from different moments of the process:

Adding waste

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Waste being transoformed

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Fertiliser ready for our plants

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Starting with vermiculture

Vermiculture is a very interesting practice because it allows recycling vegetable remains while creating a very good fertilizer for our plants. Yesterday we finished our homemade vermicomposter and it is fully functioning with our worms creating great compost .

Vermicompostador casero

The material we used to build the vermicomposter are:

  • 3 plastic boxes – Carrefour = 12 €
  • Tap to collect liquid in the bottom box – Leroy Merlin = 2 € (comes with 2 units)
  • 5 boxes of 20 Dendrobaena worms – Decathlon = 8 €
  • Silicone to seal the boxes – Leroy Merlin = 2 €

This is how it works:

  1. In the second tray the vegetable remains are left  and humidified regulary or soaked for 24 hours before adding them, to decompose them so worms can absorb the remainings.
  2. In the bottom tray liquids fall and can be used directly as fertilizer.
  3. In the top tray more vegetable remainings are left and once the worms finish eating what’s on the second floor, they go up to the first plant to get some more meal.

The vermicompost can be placed in the kitchen because it has no odor but remember to avoid using meat, fats, synthetic materials or citrus (worms do not like them). Also avoid having them receiving any type of lights, so be careful to cover the vermicompost with a towel or something that does not let light through.

Wwe will keep posting about how this invention evolves.