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Written by: Kyle M.

Worm Box Ingredients

On March 27, 2014 we got a worm box! Our class is doing vermicomposting. First, we put in coir (coir comes from coconut fibers) with water because worms need moisture to live. We mixed in shredded newspaper to soak in some of the moisture. We also mixed some soil and pumice to the coir. The ingredients are coir, shredded newspaper, 1 cup of water, worms, and dirt.

Diet for Worms

The worm diet is very simple. Worms will eat bad food and apple cores. Some other foods are vegetable scraps and banana peels. They also enjoy coffee grounds and egg shells. Also, dirt with some kind of nutrients  is their favorite food and helps with digestion. Never put citrus fruit in their box because they do not like it. That’s their diet.

 Fun Facts

Red wigglers like temperatures between 40-80 degrees Fahrenheit. Once one food tray is full,  you put another one on top. The worms will crawl up through the grid design to find fresh food. It takes 27 days after they mate and breed, and 60 days for the eggs to hatch. That’s 3 out of a ton of facts I told you.

What Vermicomposting Means

The word vermicomposting means worm composting. Watch the video to find out more  about red wigglers. We started off with 2,000 worms check back to see how many we have at the end of the school  year!

Worm Activities

1. Dig at dirt

2. Eat compost food

3. Left over food exactly in diet

4. Poop out richer soil

5. Help save the environment by reducing waste

 Information found on Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm.

Watch our video to see the kick off for our project. Thank you to Gabby for helping with the video.

Vermicomposting from Amber Moore on Vimeo.

Have you ever touched a worm?

Do you compost your left over food?

Where do you live? We’d love to know!

Author: Mrs. Moore

3rd grade teacher in Arizona, USA

47 Comments

  1. Dear Kyle M,
    I think it would be fun if I did it.
    It sounded fun!

    How did you feel when you did the project?

    Did you have fun when you did the project?

    Your friend,

    Noel

    • Dear Mrs. Myers class,

      I noticed 2 line segment it’s on a ruler and one of the computer screens. Can you spot more lines around the school?

      Your friend,
      Kyle M.

  2. Dear Kyle,

    I like your very long post. How long did it take to write the post? I hope you can write another post like that!

    Your friend,
    Jack

  3. Dear Mrs.Mrs Moore,

    When you got the worm bin how did you feel?How do you feel about the worm project?

    your student,
    Jacob

    • Dear Jacob,

      When we started our worm bin I felt excited and proud! I think it’s great we are learning so much about helping the environment, and we are doing something to reduce the amount was waste going into the landfill. How do you feel about the worm bin project?

      Your teacher,
      Mrs. Moore

  4. Dear Kyle –
    Great project and very educational post. You may be aware but coffee plantations in Costa Rica and elsewhere are also enjoying the benefits of worm castings from Red Wigglers as they compost the shell or “fruit” around the coffee bean. This compost is then used as an organic natural fertilizer for the coffee trees. Great job on your science project and thanks for educating me further.
    Sincerely
    Dave

    • Dear Dave,

      Thank you for your wonderful comment. Thank you for teaching me that I never knew that. What would you do if you had a worm box?

      The post writer,
      Kyle M.

      • Great question Kyle – my two girls – Ava who is 7 and Zoe who is 5 – are building a raised garden bed and will need compost. Your Red Wiggler farm is a perfect idea since it will provide compost for our veggies and they love playing with worms. By the way – we live in Bend Oregon

  5. Great report Kyle! I didn’t know worms would eat egg shells!

    Sincerely, Melissa

  6. Dear Kyle,
    This whole project was rad my man! You did an awesome job. Honestly I didn’t even know there was that many different kinds of worms. Well done brotha, thanks for the knowledge!

    John

  7. Great blog post Kyle! When I was in 3rd grade we did the same project. I really enjoyed watching the worms and feeding them our leftover lunch scraps! Keep up the good work! If you are looking for another fun project, try hatching a butterfly!

  8. Dear Kyle,

    What an amazing project! What does your class plan on doing with all of the extra compost soil that the worms make? I like that it is a natural way to put nutrients back into the soil without using chemicals and that your class is taking the time to do such an important experiment. Keep up the great work.

    Sincerely,
    Amy Jordan
    Culver, Oregon

  9. Kyle, I LOVE worms! For years, I lived next door to a master gardener, and my roses thrived thank to her prescription. On her advice, I bought nightcrawlers and sifted the soil under my roses with crushed eggshells, coffee grounds and fish fertilizer. I would then release the nightcrawlers, and oh my gosh. Everything just thrived! Fun research that you are conducting. Well done!

  10. Great blog. We just started a garden, this might be a nice addition.

  11. Dear Kyle,
    Your research & writing is very impressive. You are an amazing, smart young man. Keep up the good work!
    Love,
    Aunt Missy, Uncle Eric, Connie & Ev

    • Dear Aunt Missy, Uncle Eric, and Connie and Eve,

      Thanks for the complement. If you had two worm bins filled with 5,000 worms what would you do? Also if you had some worms what would you feed them? I miss you guys so much because your awesome.

      Love,
      Kyle

  12. I used to have a worm bin and my worms REALLY liked corn cobs. Good luck with your worms!

    • Dear Amy,

      I never knew worms like corn cobs thanks for the info. By the way did you feed you worms egg shells? I bet they will love don’t you think they will.

      The post writer,
      Kyle M.

  13. Great blog Kyle! Very educational! I’ll be more respectful of the worms I find in my garden from now on. 🙂

  14. Kyle,
    Nice work! Teach one person something new, change just one person’s perspective and you will change the world! Stay curious! The world needs more thinkers and doers like you!
    Mrs. Morgan

    Kindergarten Teacher
    Eccles Elementary School
    Canby, Oregon

  15. Nice job! So full of information I didn’t know. And to answer your question at the bottom, no, I have never touched a worm in my 45 years of life. You might have encouraged me to do so…Again, great job!

  16. Mrs.Moore,

    Why don’t worms eat at landfills?

    • Dear Damian,
      I don’t think they eat in land fills because of the light.
      Also they can’t eat meat that’s most likely a second reason.
      That’s my theory.
      Whats yours?
      your new friend,
      micki

  17. Wow, very interesting and full of information! I learned two new words from your blog; coir and vermicomposting. When I was a kid we used to sell “red wigglers” to fishermen driving by our ranch. You know where we found the big ones? Under horse poop…
    Thank you for your cool article.

  18. Dear Kyle,
    I really liked this post because it was interesting and taught me many things about worms I did not know before. You made me very excited to try vermicomposting for myself, someday.

    Do you think that you will continue to have a worm bin after the school year is done?

    Thank you!

  19. Great project Kyle. I live in Attleboro Massachusetts. Our city runs an enormous composting center that we use regularly. In the spring, farmers and families use the compost created to feed their gardens and local farms. Keep up the good work.

    Brian

  20. Hey Kyle!

    What a great blog! Lots of information, and it sounds pretty neat. I think my daughter would like to try this! Awesome job!

    ~Nicole Pecoy

  21. Kyle, I am so impressed with your blog post!
    I have two compost bins in my backyard and I have lots of worms! We put in all of our fruit and vegetable scraps (except citrus) and in return they give us a lot of great soil for our garden. Tell your mom hi for me! I miss you guys!

  22. Kyle:

    What an amazing project and a terrific teacher you have! I recently moved to Costa Rica and we were discussing what type of worms we could possibly add to our ever growing compost pile here to aid in the decomposition process (although, truth be told our iguanas really like going in to it and we wouldn’t want our worms to get eaten)!
    Keep up the good work and I will continue to check in on your progress! 🙂

  23. Dear John,

    Thank you for your comment I enjoyed reading it. What would you do if you had a worm box with 4,000 worms in it?

    The post writer,
    Kyle M.

  24. Kyle, Got starter plants going, working on some raised beds, and looking at composting. This will help alot. What an amazing project! What does your class plan on doing with all of the extra compost soil that the worms make? Sounds like a much more efficient way to compost. I like that it is a natural way to put nutrients back into the soil without using chemicals and that your class is taking the time to do such an important experiment. Keep up the great work.

  25. Kyle,

    Thanks for sharing your report! I learned a few things about worms today!

    Mike

    • Dear Micheal Morris,

      Thank you for commenting on our blog. We had lot’s of fun doing this project and we all are happy about our new worms. What is the most interesting fact that you learned? Hope you comment back.

      Your Worm Investigation Friend,
      Gabrielle

  26. Hi, Kyle,

    What a great blog post! I learned a lot about worms. Who knew they were so interesting? Well done!

    Kathy Vaughan

  27. Great job Kyle! I had no idea worms don’t like citrus.

  28. Dear Kyle,
    I think you did a great job on your project and I learned so much! My son and I started a vegetable garden and a compost bin this year but had not considered including worms. Our soil is very heavy so we will defiantly be looking into worms now!

    Cindy

  29. Dear Mrs. Myers class,

    This is a very cool project. We love worms! I will be showing my girls this in the morning. I wonder how many eggs each worm produces? If you have four thousand worms now…. Wow! In a year you could have a LOT MORE worms!

    I enjoyed learning about your project.

    Angela Hogan
    Bend Oregon

  30. This is a very interesting project. I just recently moved from Portland, Oregon (where I went to school with Mrs. Moore!) In Portland, we had a garbage composting program that encouraged everyone to compost old food scraps rather than throw them away. Do you have ideas about how I could encourage a similiar program in my new city of Lake Oswego, Oregon?

  31. Thanks for the info. I’m going to be a worm “wrangler” in my son’s Kindergarten class on Thursday.

  32. Dear Kyle,

    Good job on the post. I think you should get your own blog. : )

  33. Dear Kyle,

    In my family are getting red worms too,did you know that if you put them in your garden the will eat the roots of the plants?They need a indoor composting tub they can not survie the heat of the out doors.Did you also know some worms can live under water and not die?Worms come out of there holes when it rains not becuse they drown they can live with out burning and drying up.They are amazing animals.
    Your buddy,
    Diana

  34. Dear Kyle,
    I like how you got some information about worms. How do you know so much about worms? I can spot more segment lines!

    Your classmate,
    Jack

  35. Dear Mrs.Moore,

    When you did the worm project did you have fun?
    I think you guys had a fun time.
    Did you like doing the project?
    I wish I did the project with you cause it would probably be fun for me.

  36. Dear Mrs.Moore,

    I wish I had done the project with you.
    I would have fun.
    Did you have fun when you did the project?
    Did your students have fun when they did the project?

    Your friend,
    Noel

  37. Dear Kyle,

    You did a wonderful blog post! I loved it!
    I loved ALL the facts that are in that very one post!
    It’s just so amazing, I can’t believe what I’m seeing
    out of my own eyes! You put a lot of effort in that
    blog post. Great job!

    Your friend,
    Kailey

  38. Dear Kyle,
    I like how you stay after school and check on the worms. You know a lot about worms. Do you learn about worms after school?

    Your friend,
    Jack

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