Students at Lexington make a vermicompost!

This week at Lexington Primary, the students started a vermicompost with red wriggler worms! We discussed the four parts of good soil, clay, silt, sand and organic matter. We discussed what organic matter means and started a vermicompost to have nutrient rich organic matter to add to our soil as we amend our beds. We started with a large container with holes drilled on the top, sides, and bottom for aeration and drainage.

STEP 1

Tear up newspaper to make bedding for the worms. We discussed the importance of recycling and finding creative ways to use paper waste- like in a vermicompost.

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STEP 2 

Cut open the large ripe watermelon and eat the tasty red part! Save the rind for the worms.

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STEP 3 

Add newspaper, watermelon rinds, and live red wriggler worms to the bin.

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STEP 4

The container should be dark, so we wrapped this slightly see through one with a trash bag to make sure the worms have darkness in their new home.

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Keep up with Lexington’s blog to see how the vermicompost is doing over the next few months.

-Garden Ranger Claire

 

 

Claire Heddles

Claire is a researcher and sociologist who grew up in Tucson, AZ. She loves being outside and sharing the joy of growing with the kids at Utah Street School.