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Spritzer Bottle and Plastic Gloves for Worm Composting

Spritzer Bottle & Plastic Gloves–2 tools that really help in worm composting

If you are new to worm composting you will learn how helpful it is to have a spritzer bottle and plastic gloves.  It is important to go into your worm bin at least once a week to see how things are going.  When you dig around in the worm bin,  you are aerating the worm compost and you can see how the worms are faring.  You can also notice if there is any odor in the bin.  If there is any odor then it means that the bin is starting to go anaerobic and you need to take action!

Plastic Gloves Keep Your Hands Clean

I don’t mind getting my hands dirty but some people might not want to touch the worm compost or the worms!  What I don’t like is when the compost gets under my fingernails and it is hard to get out.  That is the main reason I use the plastic gloves.  They are invaluable and they usually last a while.  You can use it over and over again.

A Spritzer Bottle Keeps the Vermi-compost Moist

When you are just starting out with your worm bin, occasionally it needs to be moistened.  Worms breathe through their skin so they need a moist environment.  As the bin ages you will need less and less moisture because the worms produce their own moisture.  In the beginning, though, you don’t want it to get too dry.  A spritzer bottle is the perfect solution for this.  You can spritz a fine spray over any newspaper that is getting dry.  I got mine at Home Depot and I think a larger one is better so you don’t have to refill it all the time.

Vermicomposting How Worm Composting Suppresses Disease

 Vermicomposting Video–Cornell University

This is an amazing educational video that discusses all aspects of vermicomposting or worm composting with red wigglers. It also covers how worm composting suppresses disease.  It is very interesting with excellent video shots about how wonderful red worms are and what they actually accomplish.

The video:  Vermicomposting: a Living Soil Amendment from Cornell University covers:

  1. Biology of Vermicomposting
  2. Mating Cycle of Red Worms
  3. Experiments in greenhouses with seedlings and synthetic growing mixes
  4. Detailed explanations of experiments of how worm compost’s microbial activity suppresses disease in seedlings.
  5. Creation of vermicompost at home and on a large scale.

See Cornell University’s website on worm composting research.