5 Ways to Harvest Worm Castings

The ability to harvest small handfuls of worm castings as needed is a thing of composting beauty. However, in order to ensure that your vermicomposting system diverts the greatest volume of organic material and supports the healthiest worm population, it’s important to fully harvest and refresh the tray(s) every so often! You will know that…

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From the Rotline: Are Super Dense Worm Castings Still Usable?

Yes! Thick, fudgy castings are as viable a soil amendment as finer, more granular castings. Denser castings may, however, necessitate some adaptations to traditional methods of harvest and application. First, an important distinction: – Castings/Vermicast = Worm manure – Vermicompost = A mixture of worm castings and decomposed or partially decomposed organic matter that has not been digested by the worm. Worm castings are…

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What should you do if your worms are trying to escape the bin?

If your bin becomes too acidic, too moist, too dry, too compact, full of rotting food, full of food they don’t like, too hot, too cold or they just organize an expedition, your worms can attempt an escape from your bin. This thwarted escape plan (if your lid is on tight) ends up with many worms in…

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From the Rotline: Where can I buy worms in San Diego?

For vermicomposting bins, the type of worms you need are “red wigglers” or “red worms” (Eisenia foetida). These worms, as well as other composting supplies, are available for purchase at Solana Center through the online store. Most garden centers sell them as well. If you are starting a Wriggly Wranch Worm Bin, you will need about 1…

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