Vermicomposting is a process that uses red worms to reduce organic food scraps and paper into compost material. Worms produce 1 lb. of compost or castings for every 2 lbs. of food they consume. When the busy worms have transformed the organic materials into a large amount of castings it is time to remove the compost. Nutrient rich castings or worm manure is used to enhance garden or potting soil. Vermicompost can be stored until it is needed for a soil enhancement for the garden, flower bed or house plants.
Place a piece of hardware cloth or screening over an open plastic tub. Carefully scoop vermicompost material onto the screen allowing the castings to fall through.
Hand pick out any live worms to place back into the prepared compost bin. Remove any uneaten organic materials and discard. Worm compost or vemicompost rarely has uneaten leftover materials.
Snap a lid onto the plastic container for airtight storage protection.
Fill small containers or resealable heavy duty plastic bags with vermicompost for individual plant feedings.
Place the small capacity storage bags into an airtight container and store in the basement or outbuilding. Airtight containers will keep the vermicompost materials dry and safe from invasive insects or animals until needed for gardening.