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Worm Composting - Montgomery Extension

Worm Composting - Montgomery Extension

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Common Problems
College of Agricultural SciencesCooperative Extension
Unpleasant Odors
Unpleasant odors may waft from your bin when it isoverloaded with food scraps. If this occurs, gentlystir the contents of the entire bin to add air to thematerials. Stop adding additional food scraps untilthe worms have broken down any food in the bin.Check the drainage holes to make sure they arenot blocked and drill more if needed. If the moisturelevel seems right, the material may be too acidicfrom adding lots of citrus peels and other acidicfoods. Adjust by adding a little powdered limestoneand cutting down on acidic scraps. Do not useslaked or hydrated lime, which will kill your worms.
The Pennsylvania State University is committed to the policy that allpersons shall have equal access to programs, facilities, admission, andemployment without regard to personal characteristics not related toability, performance, or qualifications as determined by Universitypolicy or by state or federal authorities. The Pennsylvania StateUniversity does not discriminate against any person because of age,ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religiouscreed, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Direct all inquiriesregarding the nondiscrimination policy to the Affirmative Action Director,The Pennsylvania State University, 201 Willard Building, UniversityPark, PA 16802-2801. Tel. (814) 863-0471, TDD (814)865-3175.This publication is available in alternative media on request.
Worm composting is a natural method ofrecycling household food scraps. It can bedone year-round, indoors and outdoors, byapartment dwellers and householders.Compost is a good soil conditioner forhouseplants, gardens, and lawns.
WHAT YOU NEED
 
A container (made of wood or plastic)
 
Redworms
Bedding (shredded newspaper will do)
Food (fruit & vegetable scra
ps)
HOW YOU DO IT (details inside)
Guide to
WHAT HAPPENS
Over a period of three to six months, the wormsand micro-organisms eat the organic materialand bedding, producing rich compost.
Worm Composting
This brochure was adapted by theRecycling Education Program courtesy ofThe Greater Vancouver Regional District.Or read more in the book ...
Worms Eat My Garbage
by Mary Appelhof
For More Information Contact...
Recycling Education ProgramMontgomery County Cooperative Extension1015 Bridge Road, Suite HCollegeville, PA 19426-1179Tel. (610) 489-4315Fill the container with damp bedding. Add theworms. Pull aside some of the bedding, burythe food scraps, and cover them with bedding.Discourage fruit flies by always burying the foodscraps and not overloading the bin. If you keep asmall container for temporary storage of scraps,make sure it remains closed until the scraps areemptied into the bin; you may want to store thesescraps in a refrigerator or freezer to keep flies out.You might also try using yellow sticky cards to trapflies. You can get these at a garden center or makeyour own by coating a yellow piece of heavy paperor cardboard with vasoline. If flies persist, move thebin to a location where flies will not be bothersome.
Fruit Flies

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