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Please tell me about vermicompost

Asked by mahendra jain, 08 Dec '09 09:56 pm
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Vermiculture means artificial rearing or cultivation of worms (Earthworms) and the technology is the scientific process of using them for the betterment of human beings. Vermicompost is the excreta of earthworm, which is rich in humus. Earthworms eat cow dung or farm yard manure along with other farm wastes and pass it through their body and in the process convert it into vermicompost. The municipal wastes; non-toxic solid and liquid waste of the industries and household garbages can also be converted into vermicompost in the same manner. Earthworms not only convert garbage into valuable manure but keep the environment healthy. Conversion of garbage by earthworms into compost and the multiplication of earthworms are simple process and can be easily handled by the farmers.

Method of preparation of Vermicompost Large/community Scale Vermicomposting Methodology

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Answered by K Gayathri, 08 Dec '09 10:16 pm

 
  
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Compost in general means producing fertilizer from waste, a process (Or fertilizer) which uses earthworms to do it is called vermicompost.
Answered by Ashok Maurya, 08 Dec '09 10:12 pm

 
  
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Vermi compost is made with the help of special earthworms, in a plastic or cement tank of the size of 15' x 4' x 1.5 ' .. This tank is filled with stale cow dung or compost, and 1kg earth worms. In a month earthworms eat away whatever they can, and a fine vermi compost is obtained. This compost contains more nitrogen and is considered as a better fertiliser than the compost.
Answered by subhash, 08 Dec '09 10:09 pm

 
  
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Instead of discarding food scraps, recycle them with the help of worms. Vermicomposting (worm composting) transforms kitchen wastes and newspaper into an excellent soil builder, to give you healthier blooms and bigger crops in the garden. Worm compost boosts nutrients available to plants and enhances soil structure and drainage.Use your vermicompost immediately or store it and use it later.

Mix it into the top six inches of soil in your garden and around your trees and yard plants. You can also use it as a top dressing on outdoor plants or sprinkle it on your lawn as a conditioner. Vermicompost makes a great nutrient-rich mulch.

For indoor plants, mix vermicompost with potting soil. For top dressing indoor plants, remove any unsightly decaying bedding and food scraps from the castings (most of the castings themselves will be black, crumbly and have a faint pleasantly earthy smell). Remove worms and eggs, which cannot survive in an indoor pot.

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Answered by iqbal ahmed, 08 Dec '09 10:04 pm

 
  
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