When it's hot and the pile is moist and has a good ratio of carbon to nitrogen (20:1-100:1 in this case), a three month decomposition is possible. But outside of those parameters, it may take up to a year. Also, a family of five will produce much more compost material than a single person living alone.
Considering this, how do you harvest a vermicompost?
Repeat until almost all worm castings are harvested and you are left with a ball of worms. Refill your bin with fresh worm compost bin bedding and add your composting worms back to the bin. 3. Side to Side Migration Method – Wait until all your bedding has been processed into vermicompost.
How can I speed up the composting process?
If you want to get compost in a hurry, there are a few things you can do to speed the process along.
- Size it right. Compost piles that are about 1 cubic yard (3 ft square by 3 ft high) get hotter quicker.
- Turn it over. Microbes need oxygen to do their work.
- Keep the combo right.
- Keep it moist.
- Shred it.
What should not be fed to worms?
Compost worms benefit from a balanced diet. They will eat most normal kitchen fruit and vegetable scraps. Avoid feeding the worms large quantities of meat, citrus, onions and dairy foods. Some processed food also contains preservatives, which discourage the worms from eating it.