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Worm Juice

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Our two worm composting bins are going strong.  We started the first worm bin about May 2009 and collected some fantastic fertilizer from it this past weekend.

Megan working the worm bin.  Time to harvest some fertilizer.

Megan working the worm bins. Time to harvest some fertilizer.

Megan pulled the bins apart to get to the worm juice, one of natural fertilizers.

All the liquid from the worm bin settles to the bottom tray (left).

All the liquid from the worm bin settles to the bottom tray (left). On the right you see a bin full of worm castings and compost.

We use the Wriggly Wranch Worm Bins which is a three tiered system.  If you live in Alameda County, you can get them cheap…if not the link still has good details on this product, and we picked up our starter red worms from Sloat Gardens.  The skinny on how Vermicomposting works.  You start with one bin adding bedding and a batch of Red Wiggler worms.  Keep feeding the worms scraps until that bottom bin fills up with compost and worm castings.  Next stack another bin on top of the current one, then start feeding the worms there (e.g. always feed at the top bin).  Do not worry…those worms will migrate from the bottom bin(s) to the top one to find the food scraps.

Collection is straight forward.  Turn nozzle and pour.

Collection is straight forward. Turn nozzle and pour.

What they leave behind is some great compost and liquid fertilizer.  You can harvest the liquid from the bottom bin and dilute it in water.  Now the solution is ready to use in your garden or indoor plants.  Also, the compost can be used as a soil amendment, or mix some of it in a jug of water to make compost tea which can be used as a liquid fertilizer.

After collection, the worms received a fresh bed of yummy food scraps, and damp newspaper.

After collection, the worms received a fresh bed of yummy food scraps, and damp newspaper.

After collecting the goods, Megan put in a fresh layer of damp newspaper and some more food scraps to continue the process.

Max gets excited when we play with the red wiggler worm bin.

Max gets excited when we play with the red wiggler worm bin.

Okay, time for a little palette cleanser.  Max, the happy Border Collie, loves it when we poke around in the worm bin.  Or just happy to be outside on a gorgeous day.

– Matti Far Out Flora

5 Comments

  1. Max is smiling. I’m harvesting tomorrow!

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  4. Firstly guys well done – great article and I absolutely love your header banner :) I use worm juice fertilizer on my wheatgrass see http://wickedwheatgrass.com/worm-juice-fertilizer/ and have found that it actually makes it taste better too? which is weird I know. Keep up the great work and enjoy the Summer! and of course your gorgeous dog!

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