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Q1.

Where should I place my worm bed in my yard?

 

Answer:

In full sun in winter to full shade or full sun in summer dependent upon climate zone with convenience to the kitchen and yard waste as a second consideration.

 

 

Q2.

What can I feed my worms?

 

Answer:

Rule of thumb, short anwer is, if it grew out of the ground, worms and their bed/bin companions will eat it!  Also see my page on

 

 

getting started which talks about specific items NOT to feed.

 

 

Q3.

What is the difference between hot composting and worm composting?

 

Answer:

Active or hot composting requires that the compost pile and apportioned recipe be mixed and be maintained between 130 degrees to 160 degrees Fahrenheit for organic decomposition.  Hot composting requires turning! 

Worm composting, or vermicomposting doesn't require turning and CAN NOT/SHOULD NOT get hot (or you will kill your worms).  Worm composting lets the worms compost for you by allowing them and other micro-organisms to eat your organics at ambient temperatures without specific proportions or turning.

 

 

Q4.

What are worm castings (Version 2)?

 

Answer:

The alternate unrefined anwser:

It is the result of vermicomposting (i.e. worm poop, crap, manure, or as I say, "Worm Shit") See Version 1.

 

 

Q5.

What is vermicomposting?

 

Answer:

Composting with worms. Worms feeding on bacteria, fungi, and nematodes, and other micro-organisms that have multiplied due to decomposition of organic matter in managed environments as a dark, moist, moderate temperatures at which they all thrive.

 

 

Q6.

What are worm castings (Version 1)?

 

Answer:

Are the excrement of a worm are 80 - 90% bacteria, fungi and such with 5% being mineral soil particles and the remaining 5% being organic matter all dependent on what you feed them and how "finished" it is.

 

 

Q7.

What is compost?

 

Answer:

Compost is any dead organic matter at varying stages of decomposition - hence the word compost is derived from the action of decomposition.  Standardization of making compost and the process of composting is something that is not strongly regulated inthe U.S. because of the myriad of ways technology allows for us to practice making it.  Composting is a relatively new science, yet it is an ancient art.