Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Promote Vermicompost in Nepal

Most of you might not know what Vermicompost is, (And this is just a brief explanation about Vermicomposting, more to come later)

Vermicompost is also known as Worm compost, Vermicast, Worm castings, worm humus or worm manure.Vermicompost is similar to that of normal composting, the difference is that it uses Worms in addition to Microbes and Bacteria to turn Organic waste into a nutrient rich fertilizer. Hundreds of Organic materials are thrown out as garbage daily in our household which are in turn thrown into the River System, which results in water and air pollution. If those Organic materials are to be turned into compost using the worms then it would definitely help reduce pollution at the same time increase soil fertility!

What are the advantages of Vermicompost and why chose Vermicompost to normal composting?

Most people think about the foul odor when they are told about Composting. But Vermicomposting doesn't produce foul odor, since the Organic materials are feed upon by the Worms, digested and excreted! Not decomposed out in the environment!

Vermicompost being environmentally friendly has another advantage to it, time! Its takes not more than few weeks (about 6-7 weeks) to produce the fertilizer. And since the worms eat more than their body size they readily produce the casting in short period of time as well. And its cheap and uses local resources, the Worms!

What do I need to start a Vermiculture or Vermicomposting?

To start Vermicomposting first of all you need to understand about the Principles of Vermicomposting! Simply talking you need a box a large sized box and need to put some hay on in, then some layers of mud/soil then put all the organic waste materials, from the kitchen, into the box, for every 1000kg of such waste 3 kg of worms shall be inoculated. After that! Let the worms to the talking!

What kinds of Worms do I need?
Basically, Vermicompost, or vermiculture, most often uses two species of worms: Red Wigglers (Eisenia foetida) or Red Earthworms (Lumbricus rubellus), And Eudrilus eugeniae in context of our country! There are small sized worms about 20-4-mm in size, 3mm in diameter. They are Epigeic, that in common terms mean surface dwellers!

There are other Endogeic worm which work deeper in soil but they have not been used here so lets leave them for future! 

This is all for today, just to let you guys know about what Vermicomposting is ! More to come soon! 


Alpacalover said...

This is neat. Now I am checking out your poems. :D

Anuj "Floyd" Ghimire said...

Thank you! :) Thats not all of it! There's more to it, which I will post later on! :)

Dream Acres said...

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