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.
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!
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.
Have you ever touched a worm?
Do you compost your left over food?
Where do you live? We’d love to know!