Vermicompost: The Secret to Soil Fertility

Use the free services of resident earthworms to make vermicompost, one of nature’s most potent fertilizers.

night crawler
A night crawler pulls a leaf to its burrow.
Photo by Dwight Kuhn
Worms just want to be your friend!
Photo by Dwight Kuhn
Earthworm cocoon
An earthworm’s time from cocoon to maturity can be four to 12 months.
Photo by Dwight Kuhn
Cross-section of an earthworm burrow, with castings at the burrow entrance.
Photo by Dwight Kuhn
Earthworms in soil
Earthworms in soil.
Photo by Dwight Kuhn
Dark-colored plastic storage bins filled with loamy soil, newspaper strips and leaves make great worm hotels.
Photo by Dwight Kuhn
A compost experiment. The plant on the right reaps the benefits of earthworm castings in its soil.
Photo by Dwight Kuhn

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