Kompostiranje s pomočjo deževnikov za najboljši domači kompost – Vrt Obilja EP25


Last year, in the eighth episode, we saw this very material when it was still fresh manure. After one year, it has become compost, namely mainly with the help of earthworms. We call this compost a vermicompost, and that’s Mercedes among the composts, the best one. Let’s see how we can prepare it at home and how Tjaša and I use it in the garden. COMPOSTING WITH EARTHWORMS For this very compost, we have already made a germination test, which was presented last year in the eighth episode. All the seeds have sprouted really successfully, so it is ready to be used in the garden. It takes a little longer to collect this compost, because we need to slowly rake it from the top with rakes, so that the earthworms move slowly inwards, thus we do not take too many from the pile. We use it as mulch on the beds or for seedlings or pot plants. This very material was initially cooling down for five months, or it was composted in a classical way, and then the earthworms were in for 7 months. When I say cooling down I mean that I got fresh horse manure in which the temperatures were very high at the beginning and would kill earthworms. Therefore the pile in the first phase must be microbiologically degraded, in order to lower the temperature, and then we can add earthworms into the material. Since the earthworms are on the moles’, mole crickets’ as well as on the birds’ menus, we have to protect the pile. I do this with a protective white felt and also with a black foil lying flat on the floor and rolled over the pile to cover it on the surface as well. We shift the cooled material into some 60 cm high and 1 m wide piles. In this case, earthworms are already present in the bottom ridge, from where they will settle themselves in a new one. But if we do this for the first time, we only settle them in the end when the ridge is completely ready. Earthworms love coffee grounds. This is a real treat for them, so we pour them thinly on the top to attract earthworms even more. If we do not have coffee grounds, we can also scatter grass clipping. We cover the pile to protect it against birds and strong rain. Under the foil, moisture is just right. We uncover the pile only when it rains gently in order to refresh it a little, but otherwise not. Earthworms can freeze and this will do no harm to them, as they are very durable creatures. Since they will feel really well in such an environment, they will also reproduce extremely rapidly, which is evident from yellowish cocoons in which the eggs are. Now we can finally say that we have real animals in the garden, because we nurture them so nicely and give them fine food. I hope that you too will be thrilled with vermicomposting, just like me. If you have any tricks for vermicomposting, write it in the comments, share this video with your friends, and do not forget to enjoy gardening!

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