Thursday, March 5, 2009

Vermicomposting Digesters (aka Worm Beds)

This is a great photo of a few of our "flow through" vermicomposting systems. The premise is simple - feed the worms from the top and collect the castings from the bottom. With this type of setup, you never have to disturb the worms, their cocoon's, or their habitat (no screening to separate the worms from the castings - thus leaving the worms alone to do what they do best). This in turn aids in increasing worm densities and overall population.

The system also significantly saves on labor input (I don't know about you, but I can only shovel for so many hours per day) as the harvesting system beneath the beds is also automated.

15 comments:

  1. Just how do they collect from the bottom without disturbing?

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  2. The floor of the bed has openings in it (mesh). The bottom one inch (approx.) of finished vermicompost (processed material) is disturbed and then allowed to fall to the floor. The red worms are top feeders and migrate within the top 6 inche zone of the bed - therefore they are never deep enough to be in the zone within which we collect / harvest the finished material.

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  3. Where can I get one or two of these?

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  4. Hi !
    where can i get this vermicomposting sysem? and what are the prices?
    Im from Latvia!

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  5. Nice work, your awsome content have forced me to to leave some positive feedback BioBizz

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  6. Hi !
    where can i get this vermicomposting sysem? and what are the prices?
    Im from Mexico!

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  7. is there some form of mechanical shaker to separate the finished castings? or do you just poke and prod until some falls?

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  8. All I want to do is find that that 2x2 mesh for a small one I am making, hard to find locally

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  9. First of all understanding about vermicomposting is important.(Vem-means worm)
    Earthworms are secondry decomposers.So the fresh biomass weather it MSW(decompostable)or any animal dung or any biomass.It should be decompost(partial decompostion there should not be any heat) first,by aerobic or anaerobic or by both methods is important

    There are two types of vemicomposting are there,The first one is fill the bed to two are three feet high and introducing the worms and collect the worm excretion i.e.,vermi from top to bottom.The 2 one is feed the worms from the bottom upto 2 to 3 feet height and after clearing worms from the top and introducing it to another bed.Than the vermicompost can be sived and sell as it is.

    For vermicomposting moisture is important i.e., upto 60% and areation also much important for the worms.You can not only get vermi compost you can rear earthworms also.In 1.5sq.ft.you can rear 1kg of worms from the above methods.You can dry the worms,dried earthworms goes for 35$/kg.You will get vermi wash which is good foiler spary.Live worms also can be sold for fishing.In tropical countries u can
    do vermi composting under the trees.Three in one metods also there.No secitific things required.Can contact at srmbio@gmail.com

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  10. This site does a great job showing how a flow through system might work. http://dirtmaker.com/

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  11. All I want to do is find that that 2x2 mesh for a small one I am making, hard to find locally. can anyone tell me where can i find this kink of mesh

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  12. All I want to do is find that that 2x2 mesh for a small one I am making, hard to find locally. can anyone tell me where can i find this kink of mesh

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  13. hello
    i would like to know where i can buy a vermitcompost beds like this one to open a plant in canada can anyone help me

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  14. I am in Florida and I am using peat moss and feeding the little guys organic compost. I am having trouble telling the difference between the poop and the peat moss... will update later :)

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  15. Great article with excellent idea! I appreciate your post.
    Samadhan Agrotech &amp

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