Understanding VermiComposting

  • Vermicompost – Simply speaking
    • Vermicompost is earthworm excrement, called castings,
    • which can improve biological, chemical, and physical properties of the soil.
    • The chemical secretions in the earthworm’s digestive tract help break down soil and organic matter,
    • so the castings contain more nutrients that are immediately available to plants.

Vermicompost – Benefits @ Large

  • Soil – Improvement
  • Plant growth – Enhancement
  • Economic – Impact
  • Environment – Contributions

Vermicompost – Improvement on Soil Quality

  • Soil
    • Improves soil aeration
    • Enriches soil with micro-organisms (adds enzymessuch as phosphatase and cellulase)
    • Microbial activity in worm castings is 10 to 20 times higher than in the soil and organic matter that the worm ingests
    • Attracts deep-burrowing earthworms already present in the soil
    • Improves water holding capacity

Vermicompost – Enhanced Plant Growth

  • Plant growth
    • Enhances germination, plant growth, and crop yield
    • Improves root growth and structure
    • Enriches soil with micro-organisms (adding plant hormonessuch as auxins and gibberellic acid)

Vermicompost – Impact on Economic Conditions

  • Economic
    • Biowastes conversion reduces waste flow to landfills
    • Elimination of biowastes from the waste stream reduces contamination of other recyclables collected in a single bin (a common problem in communities practicing Single-stream recycling)
    • Creates low-skill jobs at local level
    • Low capital investment and relatively simple technologies make vermicomposting practical for less-developed agricultural regions

Vermicompost – Contributions to Environment Improvement

  • Environmental
    • Helps to close the “metabolic gap” through recycling waste on-site
    • Large systems often use temperature control and mechanized harvesting, however other equipment is relatively simple and does not wear out quickly[citation needed]
    • Production reduces greenhouse gasemissions such as methane and nitric oxide (produced in landfills or incinerators when not composted).

Vermicomposting….its a task of worms





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