Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox.   SUBSCRIBE
The Kid Should See This

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.

vermicomposting time lapse
Watch more amazing composting videos on TKSST[noindex], 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[/noindex].

This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.

Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.