With the advance in the technological world, it is a better aspect to explain the necessity for worms in our aquatic cycle. Worm composting consists of the bio-oxidative degradation of organic wastes with the active involvement of earthworms and microorganisms that are present in our aquatic chain. These worms work as breakers of organic waste with a large amount of contribution from organic waste materials. In a nutshell, this process is crowned as “Vermicomposting”. This process is continuous with added materials along the way.
The best part is this process can be done both outdoor and indoor without causing any havoc to normal life. Worms needn’t have a food supplier or a supporter they can accomplish themselves and adapt to the environment they are placed in. Some individuals may find this a dirty or maybe even nasty but on the contrary, this process nurtures our environment and the cycle of life we tend to lead. The most common worm used, is reed worm. It is evident that a composting worm can process the equivalent of its own weight with the waste it lets out every day. Under highly optimum conditions (not likely to be processed with a small home cycle) red worms have been found to increase and process multiple times their own weight. The increased weight of the worms completely depends on the food stock and the manner of system management followed.
Before starting to set up a vermicomposting hub, it is essential to cross-check your vessel for Light penetration, Surface area, and depth. An ideal vermicomposting bin will be opaque (not allowing in light) and will be relatively shallow. The condition of the light is strictly observed as red worms are sensitive to direct light which can relatively lead to stress and death in red worms. Like a home for our shelter and habitat, it is mandatory to build a similar habitat for the worms to feed and survive on. The bin should consist of a comfortable and food rich bedding for the worms to feel comfortable and feed on without any depriving. The bedding can be a built with the below materials, shredded cardboard, shredded newspaper, aged straw, coconut coir, fall leaves and peat moss (the use of this material depends on the individuals choice since it is not harvested in a sustainable or environmentally-friendly manner), rotting leaves, so it’s time for you to collect all your dry and rotting leaves to make it a haven for worms. The necessity for using leaves is because they absorb water slowly and keep a moisturized environment for the worms to survive.
Before adding the worms make sure to moisten the bedding materials. It would be better to begin your bedding construction with a decent amount of food. The waste materials that can be added to your worm bin are as follows: Waste of Vegetable & fruits keep in mind that citrus and lemon fruits should be added in moderation when using smaller bins, materials with high starch content like bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes, manures of aged animals, care should be taken when adding the waste of rabbit and poultry because a lot of balance has to be maintained when bedding, shredded newspaper, used paper towels, cardboard a rich element with high carbon-rich materials and wet food waste is an excellent bedding for the worms to survive on, ground egg shells with the correct moderation and consistency, and the extract from coffee ground and tea bags are a wonderful supplier of food for the worms.
Vermicomposting goes hand in hand with Aquaponic to fertilize and grow plants more healthy and naturally. Aquaponic bridges the gap between fish and plants by cultivating them and allowing them to work together. The fish increase the rate of nutrients that enter the system to make it more rich and fertile. The best part of an Aquaponic system is that it converts every raw material into useable fertilizers for the production of food. With the need for shelter and homes the very aquatic system gets altered and at times ceases to exist. The scenario being such, Aquaponic can be a groundbreaking method to cultivate and produce accessible soil for organic gardening and contribute to the rich growth of the aquatic cycle.
Worms are a great source when added to an Aquaponics System depending on the type of materials that are used for growing your beds. Make sure that the medium works along with the worms to produce a better outcome. The little red warriors are considered one of the most important factors in the growth of plants. They play a vital role in the Aquaponic system by enhancing the growth of both the fishes and the plants. They develop a strong growth bed in an Aquaponic system and contribute a lot to fertilize the soil naturally.