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How to make Vermicompost at home?

Vermicomposting is an excellent option for reducing your environmental impact and preparing a natural, beneficial soil additive. You will have to create a worm bin where you can put Cow Dung Manure, dry leaves for the worms to feed off and create rich soil.

The best spots for Vermicompost pits should be consistent temperature and moisture level. Avoid having the pit where it is very hot. The ideal temperature for the pit will be 30 to 40 degrees Celsius.

If possible, create a shed or use green net to reduce the heat. You can create a pit as per your requirement and need. Also, you can go with HDPE bag or Cement structure to make vermicompost

First apply a layer of dry coconut waste on to the pit. This will be the hiding place for the Worms whenever the ambient temperature increases.

Next add a layer of Banana leaves and well chopped Banana trunk. This will retain the moisture content in the Vermicompost pit and will keep the place cool for the worms to reside.

Next add a layer of dry leaves like Super Napier. This would be a good food for the Worms

Now let’s add well composted Cow Dung Manure on to the pit up to one foot and then add a layer of dry leaves and banana leaves.

Again, add Cow Dung Manure and fill the pit. Now the Cow Dung manure will be hot and it has to cooled down. Hence, we need to sprinkle water everyday at least for 10 days till the temperature comes down.

Now we can add worms to the pit. The best worms to use in a vermicomposting operation are red wigglers. African earthworms are also good options. Your worms need moisture to live and breathe, so it’s important for the bedding to be wet before you add the worms later on.

Soak the bedding after you shred it or run water over it after it’s in the bin. Make sure that all of the bedding is completely wet. Pour the worms into this hole, rather than across the top. The worms will feel more at home this way, like they are partly underground

Check the bin weekly to see how much bedding is left. When all of the bedding has been converted to compost, it’s harvest time. Push it all to one side, then add new wet bedding. Slowly scoop out the compost but leave the worms in the bin.

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