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Vermicomposting with red wigglers, a time lapse

These red wiggler worms move through the layers of compost like subway trains through a busy city. This vermicomposting time lapse video from A V demonstrates the powerful transformation of compostables into nutrient soil over the course of 80 days. What is vermicomposting?

Vermicompost (vermi-compost, vermiculture) is the product of the composting process using various species of worms, usually red wigglers, white worms, and other earthworms, to create a mixture of decomposing vegetable or food waste, bedding materials, and vermicast.

Vermicast (also called worm castings, worm humus, worm manure, or worm feces) is the end-product of the breakdown of organic matter by earthworms. These castings have been shown to contain reduced levels of contaminants and a higher saturation of nutrients than the organic materials before vermicomposting.

Vermicompost contains water-soluble nutrients and is an excellent, nutrient-rich organic fertilizer and soil conditioner. It is used in farming and small scale sustainable, organic farming.

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Watch more amazing composting videos on TKSST, including Vermicomposting: How worms can reduce our waste, Soil Life in Action: Bioturbation with and without soil fauna, and How Does Oakland Turn Food Scraps to Soil?

Bonus: Dead stuff – The secret ingredient in our food chain.

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