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Vermiculture Grant For Those Who Qualify

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See if you are eligible for this grant which can be used to set up a composting system. Click the link at the bottom.

The residents of Plymouth City are encouraged to dispose of their food and yard wastes so that these can be composted further (citizens are urged to create more compost). Putting this into perspective, the townsfolk of Plymouth will also get paid if they continued on with this eco-friendly cause. Not only will its people help reduce the amount of trash on their local dumpsites, they will also be partaking in a recycling effort. Now, the city itself is willing to give a $100 grant for those who apply for it. The money can be used for either choice, and that is to buy a ready-made composter, or to build a compost bin of his or her own. Either way, both options are a win-win idea.

Residential compost – Get paid for composting!

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The Compost Is Alive!

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Click the link at the bottom to see what happens when worm compost is added to a banana tree:

Our two plastic worm composting bins are getting rather full. I should have done some emptying in fall, but never got around to it. Worm compost is still great for the indoor houseplants though, and I had a big hole to fill in the banana plant pot. After being away for a few days last week, I came home to find this green mass at the bottom of the banana trees. A multitude of tomato and squash/cucumber seedlings have pushed their way up towards sunshine. The composted material in the worm boxes doesn’t exact heat up enough to kill seeds, but that’s okay. It’s all just kitchen scraps and not weeds.

Compost Alive!

Worm Composting-WGN Morning News

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Kay McKeen of SCARCE in Glen Ellyn demonstrates worm composting, super crayon recycling, and energy bike to Ana Belaval of WGN morning news.

WGN Morning News-Worm Composting-Super Crayon Recycling-Energy Bike

Atwater Ave Elementary Was Visited by Red Wiggler Worms

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At Atwater Avenue Elementary on January 25th, we had a lesson on composting. We took a bag full of various “trash” pieces and sorted them into recycling, compost or landfill trash. We learned about what compost is, how to best make it from “brown” (the round part inside a toilet paper roll and brown paper towels)  and “green” (produce food scraps, grass, leaves) and about what worms do in compost.

Miss Marisa, one of our teachers, brought her red wiggler worms from her compost, and they were quite the hit! Lots of squeals of delight made for a fun afternoon.

Composting and Red Wiggler Worms at Atwater Ave Elementary

Visit Growing Power Worm Composting Facility

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Nice video of a worm composting bin and harvesting operation:

Worm composting at Growing Power

Organic Vegetable Garden Includes Worm Compost Area

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Great video about worm composting in old bathtubs:

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Tips For Making Your Own Compost

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To read the full article click the link at the bottom of the page.

The most common compost worms are the tiger worms, such as the species Eisenia foetida, and the red wrigglers
 (
Eisenia Andrei). In the case of E. foetida or Californian worm this has the advantage of having a high rate of conversion (1:1 from matter organic to compost) wide range of tolerance, supporting temperatures from 18 to 25˚C, a pH from 5 to 8.4 and also is fast breeding (in three months you can duplicate the population within 80% humidity and 20˚C). The species is easy to find and is often used as fishing bait. The type of culture can be a mono or multi species and according to my experience the best option is to have a mix of them due to environmental changes which naturally occur in your culture.

Making your own Compost