Vermicomposting at Weemes Elementary

Yesterday at Weemes, Garden Ranger Traci, Garden Intern Sam, and their composting comrade Tim, introduced students to vermicomposting! First, students drilled holes in the worm bin to provide air and drainage for the worms’ new home. Next, they tore pieces of newspaper and dipped them into water to give the worms comfy and moist bedding. Worms enjoy a cool, moist environment so they can crawl and absorb oxygen freely. Third, students gently placed the worms, along with some finished compost in the bin. And lastly, students fed the worms fruit scraps from the fruit salad that they prepared! A final layer of moist bedding was added on top of the scraps too.

Worms need some comfy bed sheets too!

Worms need some comfy bed sheets too!

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Composting not only reduces waste in our landfills, but produces a natural fertilizer that helps our garden grow!

Composting not only reduces waste in our landfills, but produces a natural fertilizer that helps our garden grow!

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Our food scraps are not trash! Worms will gladly eat these up.

Our food scraps are not trash! Worms will gladly eat these up.

Have a good weekend everybody!

timmok@enrichla.org