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Compiled by the children of Togher N.S., Dunmanway.

Vermicomposting

This month we commenced our Vermicomposting Project.  We had a visitor from The Irish Earthworm Company. He told us all about worms

There are lots of kinds of species of worms. Earthworms have no legs.  Instead they have four rows of bristles.

Watch them move: they grip the ground with their bristles, drag their tail end up to meet the front, and then stretch out the front part of their body.

Earthworms make a great lunch, Especially for blackbirds or thrushes. When they attacked they cling to the sides of their burrow with their bristles.  Earthworms usually win in tug-of-war because they are so strong.  Earthworms have no bones at all.  One kind of earthworm lives under ground with a lid on top and he comes up every so often to get food.

The earthworm droppings are called castings.  The way the earthworm mates is they stay together for a while and they untie themselves and then the ring around their neck will come off over their head and it will form an egg sack with baby worms inside.  When the Earthworms go under ground they make a hole and this gives the soil air to make it fertile.  If you look under a stone at home or in school then you might just find a worm or two. 

We decided to start a Vermicomposting bin – We sorted out our school refuse and we placed some of the recommended materials into our bin.

Recommended Food

Food Not Recommended

All non citrus fruits

Citrus Fruits

Veg Scraps and Peelings

Crisps

Any bread or sandwich

Dairy Products

Paper or cardboard

Acidic Fruit or veg – Tomatoes,

Grass, leaves, etc. 

Meat

 

Spicy Foods

 

We are observing the difference in the decomposition rates of the organic wastes and note any changes in appearance and smell. 

We are hoping to have compost in the spring to spread on our garden beds. 

 

 

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