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Friday, January 28, 2011

Vermicomposting

Gabrielle* is into vermicomposting! She gets a special spot on Gulay Girl for being one of the most adorable and inspiring vermicomposters this side of town!

I asked permission from her dad Ed to put up his little photo album complete with his captions! Check it out below :D 




How to Start Vermicomposting!


First you get TWO bins.
The more opaque the bins the better it is for the in-the-bin community.
(We got lesser opaque bins to see the side and witness how trash is 'transformed' to soil.)

Anyways, to rectify this,
we will wrap manila paper around the bins so they will have their privacy.


Using a drill, put holes around the bin (of the one bin only).

Drill holes on the side-top portion (6 per length, 4 per width)
Drill holes on the cover (14 holes)
Drill holes on the bottom (5 holes).

Holes are for air circulation as well as water to seep through.




Others usually do not do this anymore.
But we covered the holes with mosquito net & sealed it with tape.
Note that this is an indoor bin.
Mahirap ng may makalusot. 
hehehe :-)




Others usually do not do this anymore.
But we covered the holes with mosquito net & sealed it with tape.
Note that this is an indoor bin.
Mahirap ng may makalusot. 
hehehe :-)



On the second bin,
put support before putting the other bin on top.
We do this to create space for air circulation.


Now to put the housing bin. :-)


Voila!


Then the household trash.
First, create the bedding -- ideal bedding are cut up paper, carton, etc.
Spread it evenly.


Then moisten the bedding.


Then add the kitchen, garden trash.

Mental note.
For next cycle, get gloves for Gabrielle!
So that it is easier for her to handle trash!!

Plastic gloves!! Hahaha! G na G!!


Spread the garden and kitchen trash evenly.


"Now that is 1 layer of paper trash + kitchen/garden trash.
Now, do the same procedure 3 times."


Add paper trash again, moisten the paper, then add the layer of kitchen/garden trash...
and so on.



Let it SIT for 1 to 2 weeks
before adding 1 kilo worm. :-)

Why sit for 1 or 2 weeks?
To let the decomposition happen.

Hmm.
But after 1 week, I think it is OK already to add the new house mates. :-)


Welcome home, ANCs**! :-) 




After 1 Week,
looks like the new house is ready. :-)





Game?!


Now to create space on the side.


Then to start transferring the ANC to their new 'house'.

Siksik! ... siksik!


Now it's Gabrielle's turn ...




*Gabrielle is an alias.
**ANCs stand for African nightcrawlers


Q and A:

How old is Gabrielle? How did she get into vermicomposting?

What do you plan to do with the vermicompost? 

What is currently in your garden now?

I heard about this project in August 2010. Does she still do this?




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