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.
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.
Cut open the large ripe watermelon and eat the tasty red part! Save the rind for the worms.
Add newspaper, watermelon rinds, and live red wriggler worms to the bin.
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.
Keep up with Lexington’s blog to see how the vermicompost is doing over the next few months.
-Garden Ranger Claire