How to Use Vermicomposting

Overview

Vermicomposting is worm composting. Red wiggler worms (Eisenia foetida )are the favored species of worm farmers. Vermicomposting produces a complete soil amendment that is useful in any garden. Worm castings or feces, are very high in nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. They also contain materials that naturally balance the pH of garden soil and add plant growth hormones similar to those found in seaweed.

Step 1

Mix potting soil and vermicompost together at a ratio of 3 parts potting soil and 1 part vermicompost. Add the potting soil mixture to seed trays and sow seeds. Keep the soil moist to encourage germination. Use a spray bottle to spritz the seed trays daily.

Step 2

Fill flower pots with vermicompost and potting soil mixture. Add seedlings or transplants to the flower pots. Water daily using a spray bottle to spritz the soil. Keep the soil moist so that the roots of the plants can adequately absorb the nutrients available.

Step 3

Spread a 6 inch layer of vermicompost over outdoor garden beds. Rake into the soil to mix it with the existing garden soil, increasing the nutrient value of the soil.

Step 4

Add 2 tbsp. of vermicompost to a 1 quart bottle. Fill with water. Shake well to dissolve the compost in the water. Shake the bottle occasionally and let stand for 24 hours.

Step 5

Add holes to the top of another 1 quart bottle and fill with the vermicompost tea. Sprinkle the compost tea around the base of plants to fertilize.

Things You'll Need

  • Vermicompost
  • Seed trays
  • Seeds
  • Spray bottle
  • Flower pots
  • Plants
  • Rake
  • 2 1-quart bottles

References

  • Journeytoforever.org: Vermicomposting
Keywords: vermicompost, compost tea, red wiggler

About this Author

Currently residing in Myrtle Beach, SC, Tammy Curry began writing agricultural and frugal living articles in 2004. Her articles have appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Farm Chronicle and Country Family Magazine. Ms. Curry has also written SEO articles for textbroker.com. She holds an associate's degree in science from Jefferson College of Health Sciences.